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Topic # 112995 1-Jan-2013 14:20
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Hi there.

For a couple of weeks now my PC takes AGES to turn on in the morning. I turned it on at 10:15am this morning and went for a nap at 12:15 and it still wasnt on then. I am wondering wether it is the monitor at fault or the VGA cable?

The VGA cable seems to be stuck inside the monitor. I cannot rotate one of the pins(?) and the second is a bit tricky but it is do able. I have tried a screwdriver and pliers but that only screwed up the pin and now it looks munted. I was looking to pull the plug out and place it back in because I thought maybe it was in 2 tight or maybe not tight enough, although I doubt that.

When I turn the PC on there is a black screen for about an hour and a half and then it starts flickering. It starts off by just the screen flickering, then eventually the light will turn on on the monitor (and go off, then on, then off etc) and then the brand of the monitor will show up on screen for a split second, go away for 5 seconds, come back etc. This is like a big loop and it keeps repeating the same thing over and over but through time it gets to 100%.

When the monitor eventually turns on it is fine it doesnt flicker or anything.

I think it could be the cable but not sure.

What do you guys think? Let me know if you want to know anything about the monitor or whatever.

Thanks for all the help, Happy New Year! :)

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  Reply # 739118 1-Jan-2013 14:27
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Does the computer make it's usual noise when starting up? Hard drive spinning, the right lights coming on etc.?

If so, it is probably the monitor at fault. Easiest way to tell is borrow a monitor from someone, and plug it in to your computer.



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  Reply # 739119 1-Jan-2013 14:35
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RunningMan: Does the computer make it's usual noise when starting up? Hard drive spinning, the right lights coming on etc.?

If so, it is probably the monitor at fault. Easiest way to tell is borrow a monitor from someone, and plug it in to your computer.


Yeah everything else turns on fine judging by the sound. Thanks.

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  Reply # 739124 1-Jan-2013 14:48
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Or if you've got another PC / laptop, you could try plugging your monitor in to that.

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  Reply # 739136 1-Jan-2013 16:06
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sounds like some dry solder joints that are slowly warming up.. definitely the monitor at fault I'd guess.




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  Reply # 739176 1-Jan-2013 17:21
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I would certainly think if the pc itself is making all the right noises then time for a new monitor. Could pick up a old one for a few bucks or a friends old one and test it out as there's no way it should take this long if the pc is working alright.

AAlthough it's unlikely to be this you could try (if haven't already) removing the gfx card and just use the pc's normal video out slot (as in the built in motherboards one assuming your pc has one of those). As this would at least eliminate your gfx card. However in my experience if the gfx card is not working then mostly the pc itself won't even boot up.



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  Reply # 739825 3-Jan-2013 17:37
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Turned it on at 9:30am this morning and it still hasn't turned on (currently 5:30pm), so that's 8 hours.

So how does it work with me connecting my Laptop to the monitor? Plug the VGA into my Laptop and monitor I got that. Then on my Laptop do I select anything or should the screen show over on the monitor automatically?

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  Reply # 739826 3-Jan-2013 17:44
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It depends on laptop, but on Windows 7/Vista you should be able to right-click the desktop, select Screen Resolution and then click [Detect] to find external monitors. Or hit Windows Key-X to see a menu that has a shortcut to "Connect external monitor".




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  Reply # 739917 3-Jan-2013 21:01
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Get a flashlight and see if there is any image there at all, its probably the backlight just failing. Time to replace it.




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  Reply # 739946 3-Jan-2013 22:37
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We used to have a TV that wouldn't show a picture (only sound came out of it) - we had to hit it from the side and at an angle and that woke it up. But I'm talking about in the 90's when we were still kids :)

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  Reply # 739956 3-Jan-2013 22:52
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I still have a tv that does that, its in the garage awaiting the next inorganic collection along with some CRT monitors and other old appliances ;)




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  Reply # 739959 3-Jan-2013 23:18
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Well it finally started working at 6:30ish lol. I need to transfer files from my PC-Laptop so will try hooking the monitor up to my laptop tomorrow/later tonight :)

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  Reply # 739964 3-Jan-2013 23:27
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Also see if you can get any of the onscreen menus etc of the monitor to appear when it is like this.

What colour is the power led when its not showing anything? If no menus and the light is green then chances are the monitor is stuffed




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  Reply # 739985 4-Jan-2013 07:27
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Sounds like it has bad capacitors and these are easily replaced by a tv repair tech and shouldn't cost more than about $50.






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  Reply # 740112 4-Jan-2013 12:02
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Ok so I just tried to hook it up to my laptop. Its definitely the monitor that has the problem. It was just like normal, no lights, no screen going on. I tried the monitor with just the power cable because I thought maybe the VGA cable had the problem but there was no sign of life there either.

Also tried it in a different wall socket because I thought maybe the one it was plugged into could be crashing but again nothing.

@richms There is no power led, no screen flashing. I had never got a green light with this monitor only orange and blue. Blue was for when it was on/menu colours were blue and orange was for when it was in standby mode.

Also guess I should of mentioned it in the first post, this is the monitor..

http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/reviews/aoc-2434pw

Guess I need to invest in a new one then :(



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  Reply # 741680 8-Jan-2013 14:59
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Is there anyway I can use my laptop to browse my Hard Drive of my PC? So I want to use my laptop as a monitor + be able to browse the files from my PC and not the files from my Laptop?

Hopefully that makes sense, don't know if it is possible though?

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