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Monitor: hieroglyphics/line down middle

By kathleen ·
Last week, my trusty, year-old Dell PC monitor freaked after turning on my W2000, year-old PC. It showed a vertical line on one side and then the screen started filling up with hieroglyphics. I bought a new flat panel which worked fine until this weekend. Then, the same thing happened to it and now neither are working. Can you tell me what the deal is? Do I need a new video card or is it perhaps a power source problem?

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by William Jay In reply to Monitor: hieroglyphics/li ...

Howdy,

Since the same symptoms occur with two different moniters, then the video card, or subsystem, is faulty. Remove and reseat the card, taking a moment to carefully reseat any chips on the card, (or motherboard if it's onboard video), that may have worked loose. This happens quite often, when a socketted chip works itself loose to due to thermal expansion/contraction, especially with machines that get turned off overnight.

William

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by s_megg In reply to Monitor: hieroglyphics/li ...

I agree. Also be sure to **** out any dust from the slots, that may also interfere with the connection. Further, I wonder if there might be signal interference occurring from power lines or other devices etc. that might be nearby?

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by jschein In reply to Monitor: hieroglyphics/li ...

William Jay is correct...

If you've re-seated your cards, memory, cpu, etc... dig through your old trash or find a friend that has an old video card you can use. Try that. If no picture still, motherboard replacement time. Hopefully you purchased a 3 yr. warranty rather than the 1 year.

Good luck.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Monitor: hieroglyphics/li ...

If your Dell is only 1 year old, you sshould be calling Dell Tech Support. They will send you a new monitor/motherboard/video card or whatever it needs. I have over 80 Dells under my wing and Dell is excellent about replacing bad parts including send a tech to do a motherboard within 4 hours.

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by kathleen In reply to

Good idea, however, the PC was 1yr +, so the warranty was expired on it. Fortunately, the ATI graphics card has a 5-yr warranty, so the card is being sent to ATI to be replaced. Thanks for your ideas. We have multiple Dell's in our office as well and this is the first problem I've had with any Dell system.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Monitor: hieroglyphics/li ...

Kathleen:
I haven't been too impressed with the ATI cards especially when they are in the Dimension 4100, I wished I would never have purchased any of these.
Good luck with ATI

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