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Can It Affect Your Computer Monitor?


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#1 dljpag

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:27 PM

IS it possible that spyware or adware can affect your computer monitor? I replaced my monitor just 6 months ago and the other day when i started up Windows XP - the computer monitor was very fuzzy and the colors are not crisp. I tried using the HELP function but did not make any progress. Any one have a suggestion?

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#2 wannabeadmin141

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:33 PM

I'm not aware of any spyware affecting monitors directly ..affecting their color contrasts and brightness levels may be another story. Besides checking those settings, make sure your cable going from the monitor to the back of your computer is secured tightly.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 02:35 PM

Check to make sure that the screen resolution has not been changed, this is something that software/malware could do.

Right click on desktop, click on properties, then settings tab. If screen resolution is 640 x 480 and color quality is 16 bit or lower, then try increasing both. You may have to reboot for changes to take effect.

Another possibility is the video card. Make sure that the card has the latest drivers.

If problem persists try hooking monitor up to a different computer and see if problem persists. If neither software/malware or the monitor is not at fault you may want to invest in a new video card.

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 11:51 AM

Check to make sure that the screen resolution has not been changed, this is something that software/malware could do.

Right click on desktop, click on properties, then settings tab. If screen resolution is 640 x 480 and color quality is 16 bit or lower, then try increasing both. You may have to reboot for changes to take effect.

Another possibility is the video card. Make sure that the card has the latest drivers.

If problem persists try hooking monitor up to a different computer and see if problem persists. If neither software/malware or the monitor is not at fault you may want to invest in a new video card.


Is changing a video card easy - do i need to open up the computer? it is not as easy as a plug in in the back of the computer is it??

Edited by dljpag, 16 November 2005 - 11:53 AM.


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Posted 16 November 2005 - 01:14 PM

Yes, you would have to open your case to install a video card, but it's not that hard to do.
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Posted 16 November 2005 - 06:54 PM

Here's a blurb I wrote on reseating a video card you can use that as a guide if you like:

If you have a plug-in video card (aka Display/Graphics adaptor or GPU) then here is a step by step to reseat it:
  • Shutdown and switch off but do not remove the power cord.
  • Take off the cover.
  • Hold on to a metal part of the case now and as often as you can during the entire process.
  • Pull out the power cord.
  • Undo the screw holding the video card in place and unplug any cables going to the card.
  • Unplug the card by pulling firmly upward. There may be a latch at the back of the card, press down on this to help eject it.
  • If there is a lot of dust around use a can of compressed air to blow out the card slot.
  • If the edge connectors of the card look tarnished clean them lightly with a pencil erasor.
  • Firmly plug the card back in and secure it with the screw.
  • Put the case cover back on.
  • Check in the end of the monitor cable that there are no broken or bent pins (some pins are missing - that is normal).
  • Connect the monitor cable, turn the securing screws finger tight only, switch the monitor on and reboot.
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