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Help please...my computer monitor won't come on

Started 1380408335.36 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1387794661.767 by Lakk
I left my computer on all day yesterday. as I usually do, and when I we t to use my computer last night, my monitor would not come on. I tried several things to try to fix it, but my screen remains black. The strange thing is, when I shut just my monitor off and then turn it back on, my desktop will appear for a second or two, but the. The screen goes black again. This happens every time I turn the monitor off and back on immediately. I'm not sure if its just a monitor problem or a problem with my computer. I don't have another monitor to plug in and test. Does anyone have any ideas? I miss my computer already. lol

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Ford12241380408898.53714484 PostsRegistered 3/25/2012

First, check all of your connections. One may be disconnected or loose.

Reboot your computer.

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sophiamarie1380409728.3472936 PostsRegistered 8/8/2013
On 9/28/2013 Ford1224 said:

First, check all of your connections. One may be disconnected or loose.

Reboot your computer.

If that doesn't work, then smack it. {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

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nunya1380411257.7610427 PostsRegistered 1/25/2006

Sounds like the monitor is bad. I had the same thing, it seemed like it was okay, then a few seconds it would go black.

SoX1380411332.9478913 PostsRegistered 2/21/2009

Sometimes they just die ... how old is your computer? I had to replace the monitor on my old computer (WinXP) before I decided to upgrade to Win7.

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bikerbabe1380412149.0179875 PostsRegistered 4/10/2007

Cord or connection or monitor itself

gardenman1380464763.35317989 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

Depending on the computer and cables you have on hand and the proximity of an HDTV you can test the computer by plugging it into an HDTV. Nearly all HDTV's have a computer input of some sort that allows you to connect the two.

I suspect it's a bad monitor, but shutting down and restarting the computer's never a bad idea. Also restarting it in safe mode isn't a bad idea if anyone else has access to your computer. If there should be a software issue where someone has used software on the computer to alter the monitor's darkness level making it appear black all of the time, that should disappear when the computer restarts in safe mode as only the most essential software is loaded then and chances are Windows won't think monitor altering software is essential. If/when you restart the computer watch to see if the typical BIOS screen pops up and looks okay. If you see all of that fine and the problem only develops later then it's likely a software issue of some sort. If you don't see the BIOS screen then it's more likely a monitor issue. If this is a dinosaur of a monitor that still uses external hardware based controls then make sure none of those have been changed. (My first monitor had dials under the front of the monitor to adjust the settings and they were always getting tweaked.) If you can access the monitor's controls from the front panel of the monitor (typically a menu button of some sort you push) then tweaking the brightness from there may help. Good luck.

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Big Sister1387792550.236230 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Southern California

That same thing happened to mine about one year ago. It just died and that may be what's wrong with yours. You may need a new one or a refurbished one, if possible.

Lakk1387794661.7635253 PostsRegistered 11/1/2006


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