Posted 16 October 2010 - 11:57 PM
I have a Dell Dimension 2400. Windows XP Home pak3. I have Gig of ram, which is the maximum this computer allows me to have. I use mainly Firefox for a browser. The computer and monitor are six years old.
Lately my monitor goes black when the computer is loading. I have to turn the monitor on and off manually a few times before it finally stays on. During all of this the computer is loading normally. The power button on the monitor stays green but the screen turns black. It looks like as the screens is turning brighter the screen turns off because there is not enough power. I do this about six times until it finally stays on. Then I can be working in the computer for hours and have my Norton doing a scan in the background while I am working without a hitch.
If I am just doing a scan and leave the computer alone for a while, the monitor goes black with the on/off button on orange. Sometimes it goes in Safe Screen mode with the Windows Logo for a while. But once it goes black I have to do the turning on and off of the monitor for another five or six times before it stays on again. It is very frustrating and time consuming.
I have read about suggestions of the video card going bad. If the video card was going bad, which by the way is an integrated video card, won't the computer be acting up all the time?
I upped the amount of virtual memory which was very low and it seemed to help for a couple of days but now it is doing it again.
If it is the monitor itself going bad, would it act like this before is ready to go out completely?
I have only this computer so I have no real way to change monitors to see if the same things happens. I can take the monitor to work and see if it does the same in my work computer but it a pain to have to do this.
Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.