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Display adapter or monitor problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lumpy755, Jan 24, 2007.

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  1. lumpy755

    lumpy755 Thread Starter

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    Hey there.

    First time poster...long time thread browser. Here's my issue - About a week ago I started having issues with my monitor (19" Samsung Synchmaster 913v). Basically what would happen is that any black colors/areas would change to a kind of fuzzy green color. It would happen for 5 minutes here and there and then revert back to the original color. This started happening more frequently and for longer periods of time. I thought that maybe I was getting electrical interference from a neighboring bathroom fan or something nearby but that didn't seem to be the case. At this point, I'm dealing with a constant green pulsing haze where a black color should be. This includes the black screens on startup (i.e. the Windows XP screen on bootup is now green). Other colors still display as they should except for the fact that you can sort of see the pixels dancing and some pulsing as well. I tried updating the ATI display adapters and messing with the monitor tuning settings but that didn't seem to solve the problem.

    At the end of the day...I don't think it's my monitor but I'm looking for a second opinion or some advice. I'm using a Radeon 9200 display adapter. I haven't switched out my monitor and tried that as I trashed my old CRT. Any way that I can test that it is indeed the display adapter? Could it be something else?

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. TheDude5555

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    Actually from what you are describing it sounds like it is most likely the monitor. The best way to test this is to connect the monitor to a different computer and also to connect a different monitor to your computer. If the monitor is the problem it should persist when connected to any computer, however is the adapter is the problem you should see the colors displayed wrong with any monitor connected to it.
     
  3. lumpy755

    lumpy755 Thread Starter

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    Dude,

    I dug my out CRT out of storage and hooked it up and voila...no green haze. In fact, I knew it was my monitor before even plugging the old one it. After disconnecting the cable I got the 3 color floating "test pattern" and the background should have been black - It was green. I guess it's time to try and find my warranty info...

    Generally speaking, if I'm outside my warranty, would I better fixing my current monitor or just go new?

    Thanks for your assistance!

    Scott
     
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