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Michael Crutcher
Posted on Monday, October 9, 2000 - 11:44 am:   

I have recently incountered a strange problem with a monitor in my office:

The monitor in question was working and set up properly. I unplugged the computer and monitor from the wall and plugged them into a different power outlet (the power outlet is working fine). When the computer was turned on no signal was now coming to the monitor (all of the connections are set up properly). When I tried a different monitor with the offending computer it displayed the video properly. The offending monitor was also tested on a different computer and works fine. This really confuses me. I would assume the problem was one of two possible scenarios:
1. The monitor for some reason went bad (connectors bent or something similar)
2. The video card went bad (connection lose, etc.)

However it can't be either of these problems:
1. The monitor works on other working computers
2. The video card displays properly on other computers

Please help! I have no idea what the problem is and cannot figure it out. My boss doesn't know anything about computers and therefore does not understand this situation. She thinks that I broke the monitor by unplugging it and plugging it back in wrong (?) This is very important and she's pretty ticked off at me over something I don't think is my fault yet I can't figure out the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Michael Crutcher
Timber Creek Apartments
Adam Emswiler (Abe)
Posted on Monday, October 9, 2000 - 12:18 pm:   

You may want to check for bent pins on the monitor.

If it's a big issue, I suggest swapping the two monitors.
Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2000 - 7:45 am:   

There are no bent pins.. any other ideas?
I did swap the monitors.. this is not an acceptable long term solution to the users of these computers (monitors of obvious different qualities.. one person has to have the higher quality monitor) I'm still perplexed by this problem and would appreciate any further help.

Thank you
Michael Crutcher
Posted on Friday, December 28, 2001 - 8:30 am:   

It seems as though a paradox has been created here if you're monitor works and the video card works. Did you know there once was a man who vanished in thin air? This is true, it's a small book called "Strange but True" or something to that extent. He dissapeared on his farm right in front of his family. For years the grass grew tall around that area, the cows would not eat that patch of grass where he stood when he dissapeared. Sometimes they could hear cries for help. But back to the subject, an easy way would be to switch monitors with your boss (hahaha). But you want to keep your job, so... Maybe there was a small spike probably about 150Gs or so, just enough to cause some problem with that specific computer? Perhaps this is a little far-fetched. Maybe there is a pin that is shorter than the others? This happened to me once, and I got no red. Just blue and green. But maybe the same socket that registers red on my computer could register the entire video on another... if this is true then the company might have to buy a new monitor. They are not that expensive... my personal advice is to go with you can buy things here for wholesale price, basically. For example, I could buy a PC Kit that has AMD Athlon 1.6GHz processor, 233MHz BUS speed with 128MB DDR (double data rate) RAM 182-pin. w/ CPU Fan and motherboard for 299.99 you don't pay tax unless in FL, IL, or some other state. You could easily get a 17" regular monitor (not TFT or flatscreen) for 149.99 or less.

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