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#1 JohnFarris

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 08:34 AM

In the last few days I have been having an annoying problem. When my computer has been on but idle for a few hours it now takes a very long time to come back from "sleep." Usually, the touch of any key or a nudge of the mouse will change my (Princeton VL-1919 LCD) screen from black to the Windows (XP Home) sign-on screen. But now it stays black for several minutes, then begins flickering at decreasing intervals, each flicker gradually increasing in length, until finally it stays on. From that point, everything is as normal. This morning the entire process took 25 minutes. When the flickers get long enough for an image to be seen it is the awaited sign-on screen, so I sort of suspect the monitor itself rather than the computer or Windows. The monitor is only about 2 years old and exhibits no other flaws.

Does anyone have an idea what this is and what to do about it?

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Posted 11 April 2009 - 10:47 AM

Did you try to reinstall the video driver?
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#3 JohnFarris

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 04:00 PM

I'm new to bleepingcomputer, so I hope I'm doing this correctly. The video card checked out OK. The monitor finally quit coming to life at all; it would just keep blinking. Sometimes the blinks were long enough that I could see the appropriate screens and if I could move the mouse fast enough I could conduct business after a fashion, but the blinks were usually less than one second in duration. It was as if the monitor was getting only intermittent AC. A geek at Best Buy persuaded me to buy a new USB cable and bnring it back if it didn't help. It didn't. Repair of anything more involved than that would have cost a lot more than the new 20" HP monitor I then bought. Apparently, the less-than3-year-old Princeton 19" is worth $24 in Best Buy's BuyBack program, so it ended more or less happily. And - I stimulated trhe economy. Thanks for your interest; I'm sorry to be so long in following up.

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 06:22 PM

Thanks for responding with your solution. Hope you like the new monitor :thumbsup:
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