New member. Used Search. perhaps someone could direct me to previous post(s) regarding this problem for I can't believe it is unique, but I couldn't find a specific post that addressed this in my brief attempt: My monitor screen has begun blacking out, sometimes completely, sometimes partially. Nothing I do seems to affect it, including various gyrations of the mouse. This happens no matter whether on the net or using OpenOffice or playing a simple gin rummy game. One aspect of the blacking out is a kind of interference, as if the monitor or computer is struggling to keep up with something, and then it will go completely black for either several seconds, or roughly five to ten minutes. The interference is always of a horizontal nature. If I go away, when I come back it is free again. I get the impression that perhaps something HAS caught up, or else something has warmed up. I am typing now on a perfect screen, but it can go bad at any time. I've not changed monitors ever. I've recently changed keyboards but this change is not in synch with this problem. I have an eMachine refurbished W2686 XP/2600+/512/80/Combo/NIC/XPH RB all of which comes from my invoice and as Jessica Simpson might say, "I don't know what that means, but I want it." I have an Orion monitor, but more than that I can't say at this time. It's worked fine since I bought the entire system from TigerDirect in Oct. 2004. I've tried to give as much info as possible without getting into too much for I believe someone will want to know specifics later. Can anyone help me with this? Is my monitor going bad, or have I made some adjustment to display controls that is causing the monitor to lose it, or is it a loose videocard (which I couldn't find if my life depended on it), or what? Anyone have experience with this symptom? Thanks in advance.