Solved monitor flashing

HP Pavilion
September 10, 2006 at 19:59:34
Specs: Windows XP teacher & stud, ?
I have a HP pavilion desktop with a flat panel monitor that is about 1.5 years old. My monitor is flashing from the desktop screen to a black screen very fast. I unplugged the monitor for a few days and plugged it back in and it worked great for about 2 days and started the flashing again. I'm not very computer savvay, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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September 10, 2006 at 21:47:00
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Can you borrow another monitor to try? Either the monitor or the video adapter is defective.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!

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September 11, 2006 at 14:21:51
.....or cable.....

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September 11, 2006 at 16:05:56
Excellent point by Sabertooth! It could be a loose wire in the connector that hooks up to the video adapter. Of course that can be pretty expensive to repair.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!

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September 12, 2006 at 08:30:39
Try another monitor. If that has no problems, there is probably nothing wrong with your system, and the problem you are experiencing is because your LCD monitor is failing - that is a common problem we have seen reported here.

If you want to know what is going on when you get these symptoms, and what your options are,
see response 5 in this:

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September 12, 2006 at 15:07:45
Mimi before shelling out on a new monitor or graphics adapter card you could also check if the problem is software related, follow the steps below.


You will now see a number which will read something like 70 Hertz, this is your monitor refresh rate.

Click on the arrow pointing down which is located at the far right hand side of the number.

This will reveal more numbers.

Click on a slightly higher number and then click on apply near the bottom of the screen.

Dont worry the screen will flash for a second and then you will be prompted by a message asking if you want to keep this new setting.

Click yes and then click on ok at the bottom of the screen.


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September 13, 2006 at 19:12:49
thanks for the responses, I did hook an old monitor up and the computer worked perfectly. So I know it's a monitor issue, and I checked the refresh rate.

unfortunately we had a power surge and the old monitor has quit working. So I have no way of trying anything else.

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September 13, 2006 at 22:38:28
Buy yourself a power bar with decent power surge/spike protection, and any smaller spike/surge protector if necessary, and connect the computer and every device powered by AC that connects to the computer and your cable and telephone line to it/them. They will pay for themselves the first time you get another surge/spike when nothing is damaged.

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September 14, 2006 at 17:21:37
Why not invest in a device called UPS (uninteruptable power supply) this will protect you from spike/surges and there is an extra bonus with this device because it will also protect you from elctricity blackouts (complete power cut) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS !!!!

With a power surge your electricity will still feed to your system but at a varied rate, which has a dramatic effect on a computer system.

However, a blackout (complete power cut) will also have a dramatic effect on a computer system. This is where a UPS system comes in handy as it can deal with both the surge and the blackouts.

Got More Than 1 Hard Drive? opt for RAID !!

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