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Need help again with this broken computer!

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    My mom's computer monitor is a HP and at first the screen was flashing on and off for about a week. Then the screen would go completely black and I would hit the power button to off and a yellow button would come on. I would then hit enter on the keyboard and the screen would come back on.

    Now the screen to the monitor goes black and there is no longer a more yellow light showing when I turn the monitor button. I unplugged the monitor and disconnected all the cords. I then put the cords back into the monitor and it is allowing me to type this thread.


    I went to Best Buy and the monitors they have for sale donot have the 3 plugs in like she has on her computer, just 2. Any idea what is possibly wrong with this monitor.

    Steve p.s. in order to write this thread, the screen to the monitor went black 10 times.
    Steve
     
  2. joe kuhn

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    Must have a bad connection somewhere. Wiggle the cord, does anything happen? Do you have a soldering iron? Or look for old style monitors on garbage day. People in our neighborhood throw them out all the time.
     
  3. Ahab

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    Be a nice guy and buy your Mom a new computer! Tjhey are always on asle for around $300.
     
  4. senior smoke

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    Ahab:
    I have no idea how set a computer up with her programs that are on her old computer. She has a lot of sensitive documents on it. She wants to keep the one she has. To write this response it took about 10 minutes with the screen going off and on.
    Steve
     
  5. wireguy

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    check the tightness of your connecting cord on both ends.
     
  6. yakimaman

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    Your local Best Buy or probably any computer store can pull the data from her old computer and get it transferred to a new one. And if the info is sensitive/important it should be backed up anyway. Her computer will eventually fail. Check your shotgun's pattern/poi/penetration on her old one.

    rm
     
  7. trapperpg

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    My first guess would be a bad connection. Try reseating all cables. If no luck, remove and reseat the video card. Because you stated that the monitor had three connectors, I assume you have an old RGB monitor with sync-on-green, so you could switch the video cables around to see if the problem changes. If none of that leads to a solution, you might consider a new video card and monitor.
    PG
     
  8. BigM-Perazzi

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    <i> My mom's computer monitor is a HP and at first the screen was flashing on and off for about a week. Then the screen would go completely black and I would hit the power button to off and a yellow button would come on. I would then hit enter on the keyboard and the screen would come back on.

    Now the screen to the monitor goes black and there is no longer a more yellow light showing when I turn the monitor button. I unplugged the monitor and disconnected all the cords. I then put the cords back into the monitor and it is allowing me to type this thread.

    I went to Best Buy and the monitors they have for sale donot have the 3 plugs in like she has on her computer, just 2. Any idea what is possibly wrong with this monitor. </i>

    It may not be the monitor. It may be the display output from the motherboard.
    Does the power cord connect to the computer? Can you connect it directly to a 110 outlet? if so, you should be able to access the monitor controls which will tell you if the monitor is ok.

    I'd drag the computer into Best Buy let them take a quick look at it. Maybe they can fit a monitor to it if it's indeed bad. The data can be copied using a SATA/IDE to USB cable as long as the disk is not fried...
     
  9. sliverbulletexpress

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    I'd think you need to take it to a real computer store because the geeks at BB probably haven't seen a computer and monitor that old. Go to the local thrift store you can probably find an old tube type monitor that will work with your system.
     
  10. Three Yellow Dogs

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    Stop going on porno sites and you will have fewer problems. LOL
     
  11. noknock1

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    You say she has many sensitive documents... All the more reason to buy her a portable hard drive and back up those documents now!

    All of the above are great suggestions, it could be a number of reasons to include loose graphics card if not integrated into the motherboard. Unplug everything, discharge your static electricity, pull the tower hood off and make sure everything is plugged in tight. You will see where the monitor plugs in, start there.

    Regardless, GOD willing your mother is going to outlive this electronic device so back up those documents now because eventually the tower is going to need replaced even if this current issue is a monitor issue or something as simple as a loose connection.
     
  12. cubancigar2000

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    I had one that did the same thing, bought a new monitor and fixed the issue. Do youself a favor and go with a portable hard drive, back the entire PC up on it. I bought one pretty cheap
     
  13. slipping into darkness

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    Steve I believe you posted back awhile that when you went to your favorite gun club, some shooters ask if you were there to shoot or just suck up there air, I would check on these shooters as possible sabotage'rs.
     
  14. senior smoke

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    The problem is solved! Found out that I have a neighbor down the street that owns his own computer business. I purchased my mom a new computer from him today, and he transferd everything to the new computer for her. The only thing I do not like is the huge screen compared to what she had. Thanks for the info.
    My mom likes it, so I happy now too. He did some test and said the mother board was bad???? It's best I don't know.
    Steve
     
  15. Hal1225

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    My old IBM Thinkpad picked up a bad virus while I was at MacDee's during the power outage here. I was going to fix it was a new hard drive from Best Buy. I also bought another hard drive to build a new one using an old Gateway box. Was talking to a guy at the coffee shop who wised me up. Scrap the old junk and get a new one. I bought a laptop at Best Buy and am very glad I did. You or her are not going to live forever.

    Harry Lyga
     
  16. senior smoke

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    Harry:
    Because I am in school I am seriously considering purchasing a labtop. My son has one an a few days after the warranty ran out it broke down.
    Steve
     
  17. quartering

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    so, what make computer does mom have now? size/make monitor that you don't like? brand "labtop" kid has? this could all be useful information for the rest of us. thanks
     
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    It's not your computer. Doesn't mattter what you like. Bigger screen easier for your Mom to read.

    Eric
     
  19. grntitan

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    Get a laptop and get a good one. Just like everything else, you get what you pay for. My 2 Dell laptops(one mine and one my wifes) have been great. There are many other great brands out there too. Just don't buy some low cost POS or it will not last.

    Buy good and buy once. Buy junk and buy several times.
     
  20. BigM-Perazzi

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    You may not even need a laptop. those newfangled pads look to be the cats ass if your not into writing novels....
     
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