Black screen - broken monitor or bigger issue?

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cornellraider

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Hi guys,

I just ran into an issue with my computer. It might just be my fairly old monitor finally giving up, but I wanted to make sure.

Basically, my problem is the following:
I turned my computer on today, everything on that side was normal (light and sounds an so on) but I had a black screen. I know that a signal is getting through to the monitor because the power light changes color when a signal comes in. I get an occasional flicker of what's supposed to be on screen, but only for maybe half a second after I plug in the monitors cable.
I tried all types of "re-cabling", nothing's worked so far.

Is this just my monitor being done or is this possibly something to do with my graphics card?
The monitor is an Iiyama ProLite E2001WSV and I'm running Windows 7.

Hoping you guys can help me, thanks in advance!
 

Oddba11

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Test the monitor on another computer. That will determine if you have a monitor or PC issue.
 

Tanis

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Is this a flatscreen / LCD monitor or a fat CRT?

From your description it sounds like the inverter / backlight could have failed (assuming LCD/flatscreen). When the machine is on try shining a decent torch at the screen and look closely at it, see if you can see the correct images (they will be feint). Backlights / inverters do go and can be fixed, however if its a particularly old monitor it may be worth just replacing it anyway.
 
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