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Monitor starts blinking and then loses signal after startup

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SophiaSmolke, Oct 18, 2009.

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  1. SophiaSmolke

    SophiaSmolke Account Closed Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone!

    As you probably can tell I am new here. I really don't know very much about computers except the basics.

    I just bought a new system from someone off Craigslist. I know it was probably a mistake but I am crossing my fingers that it wasn't. The guy seemed petty decent and let me play with it at his house and check it all out. It is a Sony Vaio desktop and I don't know much about it except that it is way nicer than my junk box from the year 2000. The specs that he gave me are:
    Sony Vaio
    Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.6GHz
    2GB RAM
    ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition graphics card
    Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
    200 GB hard drive
    DVD burner
    Internal TV Tuner
    Dual DVI-D monitor inputs
    5.1 Channel audio card
    22" Samsung LCD monitor
    Wireless keyboard and mouse
    Remote control (for using Windows media features ie windows media player or for use as a DVR)

    Now, having said all that I am now having a major issue. It might be pretty simple but for someone like me it is driving me nuts. Everything worked fine at his house. No problems what so ever. I didn't hook it all up right away when I got home because it was very, very dirty and I wanted to clean it off. I used a whole can of monitor wipes to clean everything down. I was very careful about where I cleaned and how. So it sat for 24 hours without being connected. I plugged it in last night and everything worked fine. I went into "Add Remove Programs" and removed Google Chrome as I am a Firefox girl. I noticed that the add/remove list wasn't even a quarter of what the start menu showed though. Then I went in to rename the PC since it had his name and it asked me for a restart so I did just that.

    Upon the startup, everything seemed fine. Then once windows completely loaded and I was ready to check out the rest of the programs the monitor started blinking. It went black, then came back up. It got faster and then stayed black longer. I shut it all down, checked the cables and then started it back up. Windows loaded and then immediately it did the same thing. This time, after it blinked a bit it went totally black and had a white box at the top that said "Analog" then flipped to "Digital" back and forth. When I unplugged the monitor from the back of the tower I got the normal "check signal" box on the monitor. So I shut down again and checked the cables again. I even flipped the cables, checked the power cables because the guy that sold it to me suggested to keep them separate. Nothing solves the problem. What is really driving me nuts is the fact that it was absolutely fine at his house. None of this happened and he told me that he had done a system restore to remove his personal thing but there was absolutely no problems with the monitor.

    Does this sound at all familiar to anyone and is there an easy solution to fixing this probem. I have a computer guy that I can call but I just lost my job and since I already spent $450 on this computer I want to try and conserve my pennies. Please help me!
     
  2. SophiaSmolke

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    6 hours on here and no one has responded.... is it really that bad that no one can help me or is it that I am just that stupid?
     
  3. bckucharik

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    I'm not sure that the monitor is truly the issue. If you can see windows boot up, then I'm not sure what the problem could be. However, if you don't see windows boot up all the way, it's probably a driver issue. Hook up another monitor if you can or boot to safe mode and see if it still occurs. If it doesn't occur, then it's probably a driver issue aand you can solve that while in safe mode. Just go to the video card manufacturer's web site and download and install them.

    Let me know if the monitor works when you boot into safe mode.
     
  4. SophiaSmolke

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    I can't hook up another monitor because this CPU only takes a DVI connection. My old monitor was a CRT and uses that old connection. I did go into safe mode and deleted the card then re-installed the drivers but now the computer says that there are two graphics cards, one is listed as secondary. Now the monitor stops the blinking except when I go to certain websites (windows update, google mail and maps, ebay's feedback page) and try to open high resolution photographs. I contacted a computer guy that has a shop in town to fix and build pc's and he said something about "reseating the card." I am not comfortable with doing that and my gut is telling me that it's something else. I am trying not to go the $100 service route since I just bought this thing but like I said, I'm not an expert so my options are limited.
     
  5. Cookiegal

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    Closing thread.

    Account closed by user.
     
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