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astrosandy

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My 17" CompUSA monitor turned dark, but not blurry. If it was a gradual process I didn't notice(?!) I thought it was the monitor, but I then hooked up a well working monitor and it went haywire (dark and lined like a tv with poor reception). I moved the once good monitor back to its home and after a couple of minutes it restored to its beautiful self.

But I'm still stuck was a dark monitor on my computer. The brightness adjustment is as high as I can set it.

What could be the problem? I've looked at the threads but it doesn't exactly address my situation.

Thank You!
 
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Adjust the brightness/contrast ect not in the monitor settings but in the video card settings in your display properties.

This should allow you to adjust it back to a usable brightness

(I had this issue also with my 3 year old Viewsonic 19" crt)

That should do the trick

Good luck.
 
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Hmm, I had that happen just before my video card died altogether, if you have an old pci video card laying around take out your current one and replace it IFF adjusting the video card brightness/gamma properties dont work

If a new video card fixes the problem you know what it was.

Cheers
 

astrosandy

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Problem solved!

I got another monitor after trying the dark monitor on a computer that I knew had a good video card.

Thanks for your suggestions. you are appreciated!
 
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I don't know if I should post a new thread or not but here goes. I'm having the same problem. I have an old Pentium machine I mess around with, and it's got a monitor that is horribly dark. Oh, and I run DOS, no gamma settings :D

I think some of the pins on the VGA cable are missing, but I think there are a couple that are supposed to be, right?

I brought my main monitor down and tested it, and, sure enough, it worked fine, though I couldn't test the cable, because on my main monitor, you cannot replace the cable. (Smart move HP. :/ )
 
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