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Monitor issue

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#1 okay81


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Posted 15 April 2011 - 01:29 PM


My computer monitor will sometimes take 15 minutes to turn on when starting up my computer. It will flash on for a split second, then go black for a couple seconds and then flash back on and continues like this for some time and then will finally turn on and work all day like nothings wrong.

I use bittorrent for music downloads and believe my computer is infected.

Any advice? Thanks!


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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:32 PM

Hello Matt and welcome to the forum!

Are you sure that this isnt a monitor/connection issue?
Whats the make/model of the system?

If this is a tower (I assume it is) turn off both the monitor and computer then reseat the video cable on both ends.
Make sure that the connections are finger tight, just enough to hold them into place.
If the issue persists see if you can try another monitor on your system.

You may well be infected but to me this sounds like a monitor.
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#3 okay81

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:32 PM

Thanks for the tip, tried another monitor and that worked fine. My misbehaving monitor is a Samsung 204BW and I like it a lot. But the issue has gotten worse, it will now take hours to work properly.

Any chance it would be a cheap fix at repair shop?

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 04:50 PM

A lot of monitor faults like this are the result of bad electrolytic capacitors. If it's this, it's not a difficult repair, but with new monitors available at ever lower prices, even a basic workshop repair can seem poor value. Folk with soldering skills and some electrical understanding can save cost by doing it themselves, so if you fall into this category or can call in a favor from someone who does, that can make a repair cost effective.
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