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Monitor Problem In order to view anything on the screen while booting up and immediately after booting, I have to continuously press the on/off button for approximately 15 mins before it stays on completely. what causes this and how can I fix it?

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  • mickkeishaf Jul 28, 2008

    That is still as tight as the day it was bought so I know that's not the problem because I tried that already. Any other solution?

  • mickkeishaf Jul 28, 2008

    Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller.....Is that the info needed for the graphics card?

  • sbinjail Aug 04, 2008

    The problem seems to be similar in that when booting the screen comes on briefly (by bruiefly I mean a couple of seconds) and then disappears. It will not stay on continuously, Any Ideas?

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Try tightening the cable running from your Monitor to your computer.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008

  • Madhav Suresh Jul 28, 2008

    This could be a problem with your graphics card then unfortunately. Do you know what graphics card you are using? Updating the driver could fix this. The problem might be that the card is intermittent, therefore not sending a signal to your monitor. Post back more details so we can figure this out.

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