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Monitor blank....except for one brightly coloured line.


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#1 computergeek522

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:39 PM

Help!

I recently bought a new laptop, and so I passed my nearly eight-year-old desktop computer to my dad (who only uses it to play solitaire...lol.) Anyway, the first order of business was to move the behemoth to his place.

It was an easy move, and after hooking everything back up, everything worked fine.

Until tonight.

When the computer was turned on tonight, the monitor is completely black -- except for one line at the very top of the screen. I took a picture, because I'm not sure I'm describing it very well:

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I've tried everything I could think of. I even tried plugging everything into a surge protector because I thought maybe the power bar it was originally plugged into didn't have enough juice to power the CPU and the monitor -- but nothing changed. I have run out of ideas and I am fast coming to the conclusion that my poor monitor may simply have reached the end of its life cycle.

Can anything be done? Or is it a matter of biting the bullet and realizing that my monitor is a lost cause?

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#2 Platypus

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 05:15 AM

The monitor certainly has an internal fault, which at that age pretty much means it's done its tour of duty. Anything can be fixed, but the cost may be hard to justify.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:49 PM

Quick monitor check.
Boot the PC. Power the monitor off/on a few times.
It might kick in after 3-4 power cycles.

Look on your laptop for an external
monitor port. Plug the monitor in there.
White line=bad monitor

While I do not recommend this suggestion, I have read that
punching the monitor has worked for some. :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 07:00 PM

Sometimes it seems like, if you don't touch it everything works fine. But "do something" with it, and problems arise :huh:




While I do not recommend this suggestion, I have read that
punching the monitor has worked for some. :thumbsup:


Only do that last, right when you're about to throw out the monitor! lol

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:05 AM

Only do that last, right when before you're about to throw out the monitor test your new shotgun! :thumbsup:

:huh: Couple years ago I had a customer inquire about repairing his PC.
He was having a lot of problems and tried to fix it himself, with a 9mm pistol.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:33 AM

Have you tried a degauss ?




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