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I have an older Dell 17" monitor and last night it stated flickering. Now it is completely black but
I have an older Dell 17" monitor and last night it stated flickering. Now it is completely black but it is still flickering. The power button is flashing on and off. Is this monitor shot? Or is it just need some kind of reset?
OS: WinXP Pro SP2; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista Ultimate; Vista Business
It is likely the monitor going bad. However, to be sure, try plugging it into another working computer just to make sure it is not a problem with your video card. If the monitor doesn't work on the other computer, it's shot. If it does, then you need to look at your video card.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
It definitely sounds like either a dying monitor or video card. I second PanamaGal's suggestion of trying the monitor on another computer. If you have one I also recommend trying another monitor that works on this computer (verifies where the problem is).
Dell monitors have a three year manufacturers warranty, so if it is not over three years old you could call Dell support (or PM me) and a replacement could be set up. If you are not sure how old it is, just send me the serial number off back and I'll be happy to look it up.
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