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  LCD Monitor Blinks On and Off 
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James Barrows May 06, 2011, 01:10pm EDT Report Abuse

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john albrich May 06, 2011, 05:11pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: LCD Monitor Blinks On and Off

Since you said you had no other system to work with, and I assume you have no other adapter to connect to on the same system...

It's POSSIBLE your monitor has a built-in self-test capability. This will generally consist of the monitor displaying a series of patterns/colors and can run until you turn it off...which would rule-out the functioning of the monitor itself if it passes. It would not rule out a connector problem.

This is usually activated when the monitor is disconnected from the system, by pressing one or more of the buttons on the monitor while the power-on button is pressed, or when the AC power is plugged-in.

A self-test mode MAY also be available in the OSD menu.

It varies from monitor to monitor and manufacturer to manufacturer.

If there's nothing in your manual about it, check the internet for your model or SIMILAR models, and ask your manufacturer how to activate the self-test.

However, keep in mind it may not have that capability.

Also, activating the OSD menu and KEEPING it displayed may also provide insight as to whether the display is at least capable of displaying something continually. You may have to keep pressing a button every few seconds to keep the menu active for as long as you feel is necessary (e.g. 10-20 minutes?).

mothow May 06, 2011, 10:51pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: LCD Monitor Blinks On and Off
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James Barrows May 07, 2011, 09:22am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: LCD Monitor Blinks On and Off

Thank you very much. When I get a chance to I'll disconnect my monitor and see if it has a self-test mechanism. I already went thru the OSD and the feature is nowhere within it. I also downloaded the manual and it didn't mention anything about a self-test. I'll just disconnect it from the PC and hope for the best.

Also, I forgot that I could probably just plug it into an old laptop I have laying around here. I'll just browse the web with it, play videos, and see what happens.

I'll post my results.


I agree. All of the Nvidia cards I've ever owned have always been EVGA. I don't trust other brands and I've never had a problem with their gpu's so far. <recalls current issue and knocks on wood>

Perhaps my comment on the two EVGA gts 250's was a little confusing. On Newegg there was actually two versions of this gpu, both made by EVGA.

These are the ones that I have:

These are the ones I avoided (based partly on user reviews):

john albrich May 07, 2011, 10:18am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: LCD Monitor Blinks On and Off

Here's some detailed "how-to" self-test info for a Planar display I had some time ago...

Another display I had required that a specific button be depressed when you plugged-in the AC power cable.

These were not documented features. As I recall, I asked one manufacturer how to conduct a self-test/diagnostic on one display and they gave me the instructions.

However, for the Planar display I found a similar model on-line for which some user had discovered a self-test mode. I played with different button combinations and found even more self-test modes for the model I had.



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