Solved monitor blanks out every 40 seconds or so

September 1, 2013 at 08:51:11
Specs: Windows xp sp3
windows xp sp3. computer works fine, but every 40 seconds approx. the monitor goes blank for about 5 seconds then back on again. I can still use the computer, but can't see what I am doing. doesn't seem to affect it.

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#1
September 1, 2013 at 09:24:40
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Best first step is to try your monitor on another computer or another monitor on yours.

It sounds like a faulty monitor but the above will tell us whether it is or not.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
September 1, 2013 at 10:24:03
Thanks,

will try that and let you know.



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#3
September 2, 2013 at 02:16:58
Hi Derek,
had to search for a monitor. It hasn't changed. Still getting the 40 second blank screen. This was a clean install of Windows xp. I upgraded it to sp3 and everything appears to be working fine, except for the monitor thing. I have a feeling I need to update some drivers, but have already tried that. Still the same.

Thanks for your help.


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#4
September 2, 2013 at 08:23:00
Well I honestly thought this was a monitor fault - obviously not. See what others think on here but it makes me wonder if you video card or module is faulty.

Doubt it will help but best have a quick look at your sleep and hibernate settings - maybe you have some weird settings there. Try the default settings then go back in and set it to whatever you originally found or want. Windows sometimes has the knack of needing to be jerked into action.

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#5
September 2, 2013 at 09:22:38
Thanks Derek,

will try that.

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#6
September 2, 2013 at 12:09:43
Hi Derek,

this version of Windows xp doesn't support the sleep or hibernate options.

Thanks for the info though.



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#7
September 2, 2013 at 12:22:35
Is this something that just suddenly started happening and does it do the same in Safe Mode?

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#8
September 2, 2013 at 14:16:15
Hi Derek,
no it's been doing it I think after sp2 or sp3 was loaded in. Does it when I was actually in the bios checking things out. Haven't tried it in safe mode yet. Will do that.

thanks.


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#9
September 2, 2013 at 15:10:39
"Does it when I was actually in the bios checking things out"

I think that just about says all. BIOS is in action well before Windows starts (whether in Safe Mode or normally). It just about has to be hardware and the graphics card or module is near certain. Is it built in onboard graphics or an addon card? If it is onboard you could add a card and plug the monitor into that.

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#10
September 3, 2013 at 01:38:06
Hi Derek,

happy days. The monitor I tried was an old one. Tried another monitor of the same type and presto, no blanking out. It was the monitor after all. Many thanks for the suggestion. All I need to do now is find out what is wrong with the monitor.

Thanks again.



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#11
September 3, 2013 at 07:52:53
OMG two dud monitors with the same symptoms - life can be tricky sometimes.

It might prove difficult to fix the monitor but I wish you well anyway. Glad to hear about your progress and thanks for letting us know.

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