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Monitor went blinking, blinkig, blank

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#1 dnaf


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Posted 18 December 2008 - 04:25 PM

Yesterday we had WinWeb security malware show up on our Dell Windows XP desktop. This morning I downloaded a malware removal program I found in the malware forums and thought I got rid of it, which I may have. BUT, I did fail to reboot.

A few hours later while emailing, my monitor started blinking, blank screen, repeats, repeats and finally ended on blank screen. The green monitor light is on. I have turned off the computer and restarted, all the power lights are on, but still a blank screen (but I cannot hear the Windows music come on).

Is this hardward or a software problem? Could this have something to do with some of the residual malware problems from this morning, or just some terrible fluke timing with hardware.

My high schooler has a term paper to turn in on there that he failed to save to his flash drive (paper due tomorrow)....oh well....water under the bridge now.....

Anyway, where to start on the monitor problem.

many thanks ~ (standing by)

Edited by dnaf, 18 December 2008 - 04:34 PM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 18 December 2008 - 06:59 PM

The easy way to test a monitor...move it to another system or connect a laptop to it for visuals or replace it with another temporarily.


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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:18 PM

Also you could simply just disconnect the monitor from the computer.
Most monitors display a no input signal or a test pattern when not getting a video signal from the system
If you get that then the monitor most likely works.

It might help to know what malware removal program you downloaded and ran

When you turn the computer on from a cold start do you see any BIOS information or anything displayed?
Does the system beep once on startup?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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