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Blurry Computer Monitor

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by michigan73, Apr 20, 2006.

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  1. michigan73

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    I updated windows today and then my computer monitor become blurry. I have not been able to fix this. any suggestions? Of note, when i unplug it, it becomes clear for a second and then becomes blurry again.
     
  2. bonk

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    Is it blurry in Safemode.......tap F8 on startup and choose safemode and see if it is still blurry
     
  3. michigan73

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    No...it is not blurry in the safe mode.
     
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    Ok check in Device Manager go Start>>right click My Computer then Properties then Hardware then Device Manager and see if there is a warnings signs next to Display Adapters and also click on it and see what it says like this device is working properly
     
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    It seems to be working properly.
     
  6. kronus

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    CRT or LCD?
     
  7. michigan73

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    sorry I don't know the difference.
     
  8. michigan73

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    Just looked it up...it is a CRT.
     
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    do you have the video card drivers on cd and I know its a Dell but what model is it?
     
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    I don't know if what is causing the the CRT to go "blurry" is something like "stealing focus", but if it may be caused by it then TweakUI available at Microsoft (freeware tool) has a check box to prevent it.

    Get it here for WinXP: TweakUI:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

    There is also a Win98 version available.

    -- Tom
     
  11. michigan73

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    It is a dell dimension 2300. I don't know if I have a video card driver on cd
     
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    My solution is very dangerous. If the monitor is still under warranty, call dell. If not, and you have guts and a steady screwdriver hand, try this. Turn the computer and monitor off and disconnect from the wall. Open the back of the monitor housing. There are more screws than you think, don't force it, look for more screws. Somewhere inside there is a little knob, maybe two, one controls the focus, and the other controls the brightness. I've done this tree times and haven't died, but that doesn't make it safe. Even with no power, this could kill you. Now the trick here is to accurately focus the monitor, it needs to be on and running windows. And it's as simple as turning the dial until you get the focus you need, and putting the housing back on. Did I say that this is not recommended? Maybe you should take it to a shop.

    They really need to make those things accessible. People throw out perfectly good monitors for no reason.
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I didn't try the "dangerous" suggestions...yet!..no I'll probably will have to take it in.
     
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