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Degraded graphic images

My flat panel monitor has begun having problems displaying pictures. The pictures, my own files, and those in ads looked ragged and appear to have small "blocks" of color that are visible rather than being in-focus and sharply defined. I've used the monitor controls to reset the monitor to its original factory settings. That didn't help. I've looked to see if there are any other drivers available, but I've only had the unit about 4 months and I've not found any. Any suggestions as to why the monitor is suddenly not displaying pictures correctly? Thanks.

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Sounds like your logic board is bad.

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