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Monitor Dell E173FP Red Haze Distortion on screen.

I have recently replaced my graphics card for trouble with my monitor.
Red colored distortion, intermitantly or comes on then goes off (when I connect to the internet on my homepage or while surfing). There is not one single bit of info on the internet to discribe this after, after mindless word choices and cross referencing. The monitor has been checked as "ok" by a business and self check feature. I even intiated on the monitor menu a
a factory restore. All five w's need to be explained: Who, What, When,
Where, Why, and Ho(w). I've done research until I'm blue in the face, Norton says: no viruses....Webroot says: no spyware or malicious
spam, rootkits, phishing, etc, etc have been detected. No more Simon says: I want answers.

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Most likely the VGA cable itself. It comes and goes. If you wiggle your cord around near the tower, you can get it to go in and out. If the VGA cable is built into the monitor, you're outta luck but if not you can just replace the VGA cable. Have you tried another monitor on your system?

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I am giving you some steps, which will help you to determine where the fault lies. In this situation like yours, this is the best I can do. Please come back to me the result and I'll help you to resolve it.

- Whenever the distortion is occurring, fix it to an external monitor/TV (if you have such facility). If the distortion does not occur there, your display is gone.

- Check if the distortion occurs during booting. That is, before any drivers are loaded. You need to look carefully. If not, it may be a faulty driver. Sometimes, drivers malfunction due to conflicts with different applications. This can be an application you have recently installed.

- If distortion occurs during booting, it may be faulty graphics card. To check it further, you can take a bootable CD/DVD and boot from that, and see if the display is correct; if not, the graphics card is gone.

If your graphics card is an integrated one, you can't replace it, but you can send it for repairing.

Hope it helps. Do let me know.

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