monitor/video prob, plz hlp

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by DeepBlade, Apr 30, 2002.

  1. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    hi, this is my first time asking for help, so please help...?
    just today, when i got home and got on my computer, got off the black screen screen saver, i noticed that something's wrong with my display....

    my problem is hard to describe and i don't know what to do.
    every darker part on the screen is horozontally smeared across the monitor.... and it doesn't stay that way, so it can't be because of no screen saver burns. like this black text, it somewat smeared horozontally across the screen, so that beside the text, it's just a greyish rectangle.... not just text, just anything dark... and normally, on IRC, a certain green is it's normal colour, but it's brighter than usual.

    would this most likely be hardware video problem? im using xp pro, with detinator drivers... but rolled back drivers but it's still the same problem. I have an Nvidia Vanta LT.

    Any feedback would be helpful, thx
  2. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

    Texas, USA
    see if a degauss would help
  3. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    Mmmh, sorry I can't help, but I have a problem that's very similar, so I thought I'd join in.

    Here it is, pasted from a different forum :

    My girlfriend is having this problem with her laptop and I thought I'd ask here before going back to the shop (it's in a different city, rather far from here...).
    She has a ASUS A1000 laptop
    Pentium III, 600 MHz
    Screen : 13.3" active TFT matrix, XGA 1024x768, 64K colors max.

    -I can't find the monitor drivers specification... It is "unknown" in the device manager. The company's websites says (translated from french) : "Integrated graphic circuit"

    She's running the original ME that came with the comp. Never updated it, or the drivers.

    Now here's the problem :
    Every now and then (rather often actually) all the black areas of her screen start showing red. Not a nice unified red, but like splashes of discoloration.
    It doesn't appear to happen at precise times, nor all the time.

    I checked and there are no driver conflicts that show.

    If you know this problem please tell us something about it as we're clueless.
    Also, if there are specific info you'd need to help us, please say which, and I'll try to find it.

    Finally, maybe you know of a more appropriate forum for this (I'll be searching for one myself). If you do, please send a link.

    Thanks greatly in advance for any help. <>
  4. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    hm....!!! actually, there was a magnet beside my monitor...!!! it's a stone magnet, the strong types, not like refrigerator magnets. I removed it, but i still have those lines running through my monitor... and yes, i have a degauss function on my monitor. I can't show u guys a pic, i already tried it, it looks correct in the picture (viewed it from another computer) but even the picture causes those lines to appear on MY computer.

    .....i've removed the magnet for about 3 minutes now... and i still have the lines... and i degaussed twice....

    damn..! i'm gonna hafta get a new video card! good thing or bad thing...?
  5. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

    What's a degauss ?
  6. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

    Texas, USA
    On your monitor. (on the front somewhere) you will have buttons or knobs to adjust your monitor settings. You may have a Degauss option. A good description is here
  7. Ramanuman

    Ramanuman Guest

  8. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    so i guess there is really no way to fix this?
  9. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    :eek: is it really a video card problem or monitor problem?
  10. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

    Texas, USA
    Do you have, or can you borrow a different monitor and plug it into your box just to make sure?
  11. THEM

    THEM Guest

    Monitor smearing...

    Well, If you are using an MPEG, TV or Voodoo card that requires to connect your video card to the MPEG, TV or VooDoo card en then to the monitor, instead of connecting your video card directly to the monitor...

    Try to connect your monitor on your Video Card with one, not to long cable...

    That should fix it, maybee...
  12. Folci

    Folci Guest

    heres somthing to try

    on more time for the slow kids

    you can try waving the magnet from right to left to try and get it back to normal

    or you can sit the magnet on the other side for the same amount of time the same distance away

    neither one is recomended but I have fixed old tvs this way

    one more time for the above fix

    I would defintly have to say its the monitor too check it by plugging in your other puters monitor and vice versa if the bluring switches to the other computer then you know its the monitor.
    and of course keep the magnets away from now on!

  13. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    wat??? noooo...!!! i thought i was video card problem this whole time...

    damnit... this is a 17' monitor too...
    and the magnet was... about 2 cm away from the boarder of the monitor, not the actual screen

    so you're saying i could 'possibly' fix it by having the monitor on the other side, for the right ammount of time?
  14. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    it's not the monitor's problem!!!

    hey guys, i just found out it's not a monitor problem
    it's my video card's problem.....

    the thing that bothers me is that i still don't know what happened...

    i had to dig up this thread, and hopefully u guys can have something to say about it....
  15. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

    Texas, USA
    I take it you tried a different card in your box?
  16. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    well for some odd reason, yes, that's the thing that's bothering me, my monitor's 100% fine, i was going to take it back for repair under factory's warranty. It was my video card:

    Nvidia Vanta LT 8 MB AGP

    the thing is... the video card i'm (hoping temporarily) using for this computer is a Voodoo 3 3000 PCI... damn i got no PCI slots left and the AGP slot is not being used. I'm hoping to buy a better card soon.... one with tv out so i can watch my DivX movies and... play some games on big .er.... bigger screen

    Yes, it's true i had a magnet very close to the monitor for a whole night and half a day..... but... i really duno..... my monitor's working fine now with the voodoo 3.