If you are experiencing the
following problems with your monitor:
Monitor is blank after restarting system
After connecting a monitor, the picture looks bad
The monitor has started making a strange noise
Monitors display settings are not correct
Display is rotated
<>Monitor is blank after restarting system:
- Check to be sure that the
Monitor has power and that the light is on.
- Disconnect all devices
except for the mouse, keyboard and monitor. Reboot your computer to see if
the issue is resolved. If it is, then it is one of the devices that you have
disconnected that is causing the problem. try connecting them one at a time
and rebooting each time until the original problem occurs. Once identified,
try reinstalling the device and updating the driver to resolve the issue.
- Try connecting the monitor
to a different PC using the problem monitor's power cable. If it still
doesn't work, try the known good monitors power cable.
- Try unplugging the monitors
power cable, then wait about 20 or 30 seconds and plug it back in.
- If none of the above
troubleshooting steps does not solve the issue, then it is likely that the
monitor is bad.
connecting a monitor, the picture looks bad:
- Start the system in
Safe Mode by rebooting the system and pressing the F8 key once per
second while it is rebooting. Once you see the Windows Startup menu,
select Safe Mode from the listed options. press Enter.
- Go to Start>> Right
click My Computer>> Properties>> Hardware tab>> Device Manager button.
- Click the plus (+)
symbol next to the Monitors entry to expand it.
- Once expanded, right
click on the installed monitor(s) and select Uninstall.
- Exit the Device Manager
and restart your system.
Windows will reinstall
your hardware automatically.
<>The monitor has started making a strange noise:
It is usually a glass display type monitor that will create some unusual
noise. Such noise could be:
- A high pitched tone
or high pitched squealing sound:
Usually, these sounds will be of such a high frequency that they are
our of the human ears range. But it is possible for these
frequencies to radiate off of internal components making the sound
audible. Most of the time, moving or adjusting the height of the
monitor cures this problem. Also, try simply turning the monitor off
and then back on. If the sound continues or worsens, then either
have a qualified technician take a look at your monitor or replace
- Monitor is making a
This type of noise is usually caused by the monitors relays opening
and closing. You could hear this type of sound when the computer
starts up or when you are playing a game and a display setting is
changed. This sound is considered normal.
display settings are not correct:
This problem usually occurs when a new monitor is installed. It can
happen if the automatic detection installs the wrong driver for your
hardware resulting in incorrect display settings for your
You can try reinstalling the monitor by using the above
troubleshooting step; "After connecting a monitor, the picture looks
bad". It is possible that Windows will find the correct drivers this
Or, visit the manufactures web site and manually install the correct
driver for your hardware and operating system.
<>Display is rotated:
This is usually caused from a game that has changed the Rotation
setting within the Graphics Controller. To change this back:
- Go to Start>>
Control Panel>> Intel Extreme Graphics Applet>> Rotation tab.
- Uncheck the
Enable Rotation check box.
- Click Apply,
- Exit Control
above steps may vary depending on the graphics card you have
installed. You are looking for the Graphics Controller
properties window to change the Rotation setting.
An alternate method of finding your Rotation setting is:
- Right click
an empty area of your desktop.
- Click the
- Select the
- Click the
Graphics card tab.
- Select the
Graphics Properties button.
- Click the
- Uncheck the
Enable Rotation checkbox.
Apply and exit all windows.
Monitor out of adjustment
It may be that your Monitor
is simply out of adjustment if you are experiencing any of the following
- Excessive black areas
around the picture
- Parts of the picture are
missing around the edges
- Picture scrolls up and down
- Incorrect colors
- Image is too dark or too
Your adjustment would depend
on the monitor you are using. Please visit the manufactures web site for
details on how to make the proper adjustments to clear up the above symptom(s).
Cleaning your flat
Over time, your flat screen monitor can developed smudges or
scratches. Many manufactures have there own method of cleaning these
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitors, so I would always want to
steer you in that direction, especially when still under warranty.
There are some general guidelines I will share though:
It is usually best to turn off your monitor so that you can see the
smudges better. Always use a soft cotton cloth dampened with warm
water and wipe either from top to bottom or side to side. Avoid using a swirling
motion. If a stronger cleaning solution is
required, then you can use a solution of vinegar and water. Your cleaning solution
should be applied to your cloth rather than directly to your screen. Avoid
using Windex or any ammonia-based cleaners as they will yellow your
screen over time.
Cut down on screen glare
Is the glare on your computer giving you headaches or straining your eyes? From
experience, I know how painful a screen glare headache can be. There are a few
steps you can take that may help you cut down on the amount of screen glare that
you are getting. here's how:
- Position your computer so that the computer screen is facing away from
the window. Also, be sure that you are not facing the window as well. A
proper screen to window angle should be around 90 degrees.
- It is fine to have sunlight from outside shining in to your office. But,
it is best if this light is defused by using shades or blinds. Even the use
of flat paints will help reduce glare in an office.
- Avoid having a bright light directly above your work station. If you
have such a light, try (if possible) turning that light off and use a desk
- If you are not able to avoid the glare from outside or a bright light
above you (or both), you can purchase an anti-glare screen to put on your
Low Volume, High Pitch Whining Sound
The recommended resolution for my
17" CRT monitor is 1024x768. But I prefer to use the resolution 1152x864 at max
supported 75 Hz. But recently since a few months from using the latter
resolution, my monitor gives a audible low-volume, high-pitched continuous
whining sound, which disappears if I change the resolution to 1024x 768 at 85Hz.
But reverting back to 1186x864 at 75 Hz doesn't produces any whine at all.
Most of the time a monitor will
whine because the sealant on the flyback, which is a high voltage transformer,
is coming off or apart. The reason you hear it is because of the cycle it's
going in. You will have to take it to a shop for them to put sealant on there.
DO NOT try to do this yourself due to an extremely high voltage shock
hazard, even when unplugged. It doesn't hurt the monitor to run this way, but it
sure does get annoying!
What do I need to run a dual monitor setup?
I'm currently running Windows XP
and would like to find out what specific software and/or hardware I would need
to run a dual monitor setup?
As far as software goes, you
won't need anything else. Windows supports up to ten monitors. The only hardware
that is in question is your video card. You will need to check with the video
card manufacture to be sure that it supports a dual monitor setup. Additionally,
the video card would need to support the specific monitor that you are adding.
For instance, a video card may support a dual monitor setup but may be limited
to a certain monitor size. Adding a wide-screen monitor may take your current
video card out of the equation.
Fixing stuck pixels on your LCD monitor
A dead pixel is defined as: A pixel
in a LCD display that is not functioning correctly. Incorrect function can
either be that the pixel is stuck in the lighted position or does not light up
at all. To identify a stuck pixel, you can use a small utility such as:
Dead Pixel Locator:
Dead Pixel Locator displays the faulty pixel in a color that will stand out
against the background color.
To repair the stuck pixel, try this handy tool:
JScreenFix will help fix stuck pixels on LCD screens. Most stuck pixels are
repaired within 20 minutes. Some users have reported that JScreenFix can even
fix dead pixels! For more information, visit JScreenFix' web site (link above).