monitor shows half screen

Emachines Emachines t2682 desktop
August 31, 2009 at 10:46:56
Specs: Windows xp
my monitor only comes up half screen, and cant get to the files and such on the left side of the screen, nor get to the start menu. I had the motherboard replaced about 2 years ago and have never had this problem until recently. Any suggestions? I have no tech experience with this computer so your patience is mostly appreciated... :0)
Ive read some other post about half screen is black, but this is side to side, and if i gently wiggle monitor, it shows full screen but will not stay and goes back to half screen... So replace or repair is probably gonna be what it is... I have already called about repair and its $50 just to bring it in the door. What are your thoughts on a refurbed monitor?

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August 31, 2009 at 11:47:42
When you wiggle the monitor, you are probably also wiggling the cable. Try wiggling just the cable. If it acts the same, it could be a cable problem or graphics adapter/connection problem.

You can be sure that one of the three is the problem.
Monitor, cable or graphics adapter.
Swapping out the monitor is probably a good idea, to eliminate it.

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