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My husband has a hp flatscreen monitor that has malfunctioned the last 2 times he has shut his system down. When he starts it up, the monitor keeps flashing every few seconds, the full screen of his desktop does not completely display. Is his monitor on the way out? I hope not. After 5 or 10 minutes it does fully appear and is operational but he's afraid that that won't always be the case.

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  • edholly Jul 25, 2008

    no, the monitor does not shut the computer down. He has turned the whole system off due to severe thunder storms. Then when it's all clear (the weather), he turns everything back on. All is fine when he reboots the comp. except this glitch with the monitor.


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I'm confused by your phrasing; the monitor turns off the computer itself?

Have you performed a virus/spyware/malware scan recently?

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  • chris12321 Jul 29, 2008

    I'm assuming you're using a VGA connection on the monitor (the blue plug), am I correct?

    If you can, try to use a different power cord and VGA cable to connect to the monitor; it's possible that something is wrong with one of the connections on the VGA cable.

    Make sure the ports on the computer and the monitor are clean and clear of any dust or debris that may interfere with the connection.

    If you can, try to use a different monitor in this scenario to see if it is indeed the monitor that needs replacing. Connect another monitor and power off your computer, and restart everything to see if your monitor is any good.

    I hope that this is of help! =)


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