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Is it the monitor or video card???

By Tink56 ·
I have a Trinitron 20" monitor branded by Dell. The Dell PC has an Nvidia graphics card.

Lately I turn on the system in the morning and the screen is all blurry. After a moment or two it will "snap" into clarity; you can actually hear the snap.

I love this monitor (its 20 inches and I can hook two PCs to it) and have had it for a little over 3 years.

Is it dying on me? Or could there be some troubleshooting I can do?

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by dmiles In reply to Is it the monitor or vide ...

The monitor may be the problem,using the Display settings in Control Panel,and check your display settings or use the troubleshooter.

If the monitor is giving a popping sound it may be caused by EMI check by placing speakers farther away from monitor and other electronic equipment that is in close proxsimity of the monitor this includes the electrical cords also. If this does not solve your problem contact dell about the problem because it may be internal or have checked by a qualified tech.

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by Tink56 In reply to

This seems to have had the most effect right now.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Is it the monitor or vide ...

I agree, sounds like the monitor. Maybe it is doing an auto Degaussing, which kind of resets the monitor.
You said "I can hook two PCs to it" so do you have 2 different machines you can connect to the monitor to test? If so, and the monitor acts the same way for both machines, then it gotta be the monitor.
IMHO, the monitor is getting ready to go. Sorry.

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by Tink56 In reply to

Happens with both machines, therefore it is the monitor.

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by Pocono In reply to Is it the monitor or vide ...

In agreement with everyone here. I just had this happen to a clients monitor a few months ago. I jumped through hoops with Dell but in the end, alas....you are going to need to replace it...

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by Tink56 In reply to

Hopefully it's okay now. I don't even want to think about working with Dell. I think it is out of warranty anyway.

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by HereInOz In reply to Is it the monitor or vide ...

Four out of Four - The monitor. If you can hook two PCs to it, what hapens when you hook the second PC and fire it up?

Still the same? If so - the monitor.

Have to agree though, the old Trinitron 20s were a great monitor. If you really like it, you could possibly get it repaired. Probably cost almost as much as a new monitor, but if you love something, and all that, you may consider it as an option.

The snap could be the horizontal output transformer (or EHT transformer) cracking over. It could be that needs replacement and Monitor is "as good as new"

Alan

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by Tink56 In reply to

I will keep this option available it it occurs again. I don't know anyone in the Portland OR area that repairs monitors. All the shops I do business with decline to work on them.

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by donmars In reply to Is it the monitor or vide ...

plug the monitor into the integrated video out on back of PC (this is on board graphics not add on card) if symtoms are the same then it is the monitor. If symptoms go away then it is the graphics board. NOTE: You will have to enable the on-board graphics from in the BIOS Setup, probably under something called INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS. It does sound like a monitor problem and has to do with the Sweep Generator circuitry.

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by Tink56 In reply to

I will hold off on doing this until the problem occurs again.

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