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Moniter Blacks Out Yet Power Is Still On


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#1 phatchauza

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 04:14 PM

So about 2 weeks ago, my moniter blacked out randomly. The power was still on, not off or on standby. I turned it off and on, and it worked for about 10 seconds, and it blacked out again. After doing that a few more times, it got worse and turning it off and on showed the screen for a split second. I plugged this moniter in another computer and it worked fine, while I tried using a moniter from another computer, and the same problem occured. Now I'm using a S-video cable or whatever, plugged into my TV, which works completely fine.

I've tried uninstalling my graphics card in safe-mode and restarting, but it still doesn't work. Hell, the moniter doesn't even work in safe-mode :/

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Windows XP, SP2
AMD Athlon XP 2600+
1.5 GB of RAM

eMachines E17TR Flat Panel 17-Inch LCD Monitor

I'm using a e-GeForce FX 5500 graphics card which I installed a few months ago.


Any help is GREATLY appreciated. I've been looking for the past 2 weeks and finally am asking for help. Thanks in advance!

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 05:59 PM

Does the S-Video plug into your graphics card or does it plug in elsewhere?

In either case, I'd suspect an issue with your graphics card. The first step would be ( IMO ) to:
1) Download new video drivers from here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_175.19_whql.html
2) Uninstall the current graphics drivers from your system through the Control Panel...Add/Remove Programs applet
3) Reboot the system (cancel out of any "Found new hardware" messages)
4) Double click on the downloaded drivers to install them.

If this doesn't remedy the problem, then I'd have to suspect that the graphics card is bad. In the event that the S-video is a part of the graphics card, then it's likely that only part of the card is bad. The "test" for this is to try another graphics card in it's place - if that works, then the card is at fault.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 08:32 PM

Eh, just did what you said and no improvement :/ and yes, the S-Video plugs into the graphics card :|

This sucks, I just got this graphics card maybe 7-8 months ago :/

Thanks nonetheless :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 06:43 AM

Check with the manufacturer to see if it's still under warranty - and see if they're let you RMA it (send it back for a replacement).
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Posted 03 August 2008 - 06:51 PM

I installed the graphics card into my other computer and it works perfectly fine :|

And, I just reformatted my computer as well, and still, same problem. Any other suggestions? :/

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 11:10 PM

Did you reinstall the drivers?

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 02:23 PM

yessir i did

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:27 PM

If the graphics card works fine in another computer, and you've reinstalled Windows and all of your drivers - then that doesn't leave much but your motherboard (and other attached components such as the CPU/RAM/etc).

I'd suggest running:
1) a hard drive diagnostic from the manufacturer of your hard drive (usually free)
2) a memory test (there's a free one here: http://www.memtest86.com/ )
3) this free motherboard tool: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir...n=sware_dl_3264
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Posted 04 August 2008 - 08:38 PM

maybe your refresh rate is too high. Maybe get multires, and use that to easily adjust your refresh rate. I don't know, just an idea.
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