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Monitor Blinking

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Synchysis, Mar 15, 2011.

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  1. Synchysis

    Synchysis Thread Starter

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    Brief description:

    Upon log-in, my monitor begins to blink irregularly. After several minutes of occasional blinking, the screen will simply go black. Strangely, this blink-to-end-all blinks leaves the monitor in *sleep* mode - I can tell because its power-button light is now orange.

    What I've done: Switched the monitor, to ensure that this isn't a monitor problem (it isn't - it happened with both monitors). No new software has been downloaded recently. Do I *need* to call geeksquad or something, or is there a way to determine what is causing this? I'm guessing video card but I know so little about hardware that I've got no reason to support that.

    Any suggestions on further diagnosing the issue, let me know. I'm a bit busy at the moment, but in an hour or so I will try playing audio to determine if it will continue after the screen goes off / into sleep mode.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    If the display is ok until you get into Windows it could be a Video driver problem, boot into Safe Mode (tap F8 after the Post text screen and when the safe mode menu appears press Enter) and see if it still flickers then.
     
  3. Synchysis

    Synchysis Thread Starter

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    Seems to have fixed it, though it's only been ten minutes. Assuming it doesn't flicker / go into sleep, does this mean it's an issue with the monitor driver or another driver? And, how do I go about fixing / reinstalling it?

    Much thanks again.
     
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    Reinstalled the video driver and it's been fine for the past twenty minutes. Thanks for the safemode tip!
     
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