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Try the monitor on another computer to eliminate the LCD display is damaged with the same cables connected to it now. If you get the same results, then try different cables. If the new cables make the monitor work as is then you need to replace your cables, and if the new cables do not rectify the issue. Then your monitor maybe damaged, but in cases like this the likely culprit is a dead or dying video card. Please dust out the computer with a can of air to allow the cooling fans to work as they should.
Thanks for the advice. This is a laptop so checking the cables and plugging it into another computer are not really options. It can't be software because it happens, or doesn't happen, immediately upon power up.
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