Monitor blanks out for a second and comes on again

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by screen, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. screen

    screen Guest

    Is this because of some spyware, a virus, or a bad monitor and it's time to
    replace it? I've run almost every program listed here, including the
    Lippman group and can't seem to find anything.
     
    screen, Feb 20, 2006
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    | Is this because of some spyware, a virus, or a bad monitor and it's time to
    | replace it? I've run almost every program listed here, including the
    | Lippman group and can't seem to find anything.

    Chances are it is NOT a virus related issue.

    You say monitor, CRT or flat panel ? If it is a LCD it could be a power supply problem. It
    could also be a video card problem.
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 20, 2006
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    screen Guest


    I just ran your AV kit. Trend's sysclean seem to run 2x - once with the
    GUI and then a 2nd time with a VSCAN dos screen.

    Kaspersky took about 4 hours and neither of them found anything.
    Avast doesn't find anything and neither does Spybot or Bazooka.

    While I'm typing this the CRT keep going off and on (the power light
    shuts off for a split second) and it didn't seem to happen in safe mode.

    Anyway, Ad-Aware found this:

    indows Object Recognized!
    Type : RegData
    Data : regedit.exe %1
    TAC Rating : 3
    Category : Vulnerability
    Comment : Possible virus infection, REG file extension
    compromised
    Rootkey : HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    Object : regfile\shell\open\command
    Value :
    Data : regedit.exe %1


    but that could be anything and some say it's normal.


    It could be that it's time for a new monitor or new video card, but how
    does one tell which or if it is time? They're both about 8 years old (I
    know, I know - it's time for a new computer). I could have 3x for the
    price that was paid for this years ago).
     
    screen, Feb 21, 2006
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    |
    | It could be that it's time for a new monitor or new video card, but how
    | does one tell which or if it is time? They're both about 8 years old (I
    | know, I know - it's time for a new computer). I could have 3x for the
    | price that was paid for this years ago).

    Process of elimination. Start by examining all connections and making sure all is snug.
    Try using another monitor and seeing if the "blank out" condition occurs, etc.

    Prices have dropped tremendously and eight years is a good life with such and outcome a
    greater possibility.
     
    David H. Lipman, Feb 21, 2006
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  5. I once had a Belinea 17" CRT monitor with the same symptoms. At first
    I thought it was some energy saving feature, but it often went blank
    while typing.

    I trashed the monitor and got a new one. Problem gone ;-)

    Gabriela
     
    Gabriela Salvisberg, Feb 21, 2006
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    Gary Woods Guest

    Quite likely the computer can't quite handle higher scan speeds, but is
    happy for the time being with the generic rate put out in safe mode.
    Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
    Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
     
    Gary Woods, Feb 21, 2006
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    Rodney Guest

    I would vote for a video card problem.

    Once I had a APG video card with a built-in fan, which eventually got
    worn out. Then I started having periodical screen blanking. Replacing
    the card solve the problem.

    rod
     
    Rodney, Feb 21, 2006
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    Gary Woods Guest

    ^^
    monitor

    Once again, ladeez and gentlemen, the fingers are quicker than the brain!


    Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
    Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
     
    Gary Woods, Feb 21, 2006
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  9. screen

    screen Guest


    It's a PII 400 mhz and I understand that a Powerleap centron CPU for $120
    would increase it to 1.4 ghtz speed (the mobo is compatible). I was
    thinking of building my own computer so that I could pick and choose the
    parts that I want. Even though I could get a much faster unit than the
    one I have (even with the Powerleap upgrade) for $600 at Best Buy, the
    lack of expansion slots, cheap power supply (Dell is no bargain there,
    either) and top notch internal hardware gives me the willies. I just
    have my heart set on building my own "rig".


    After turning the monitor off for a few hours, it now seems to have
    settled down and isn't blanking for a second when opening jpg's or IE 6.

    I still have a question about that Ad-Aware finding, though.
     
    screen, Feb 21, 2006
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    screen Guest

    You're probably right. When at 800x640 it's ok. It was when I was in
    1024x768 that the problem started. I keep it at a 60 htz refresh rate,
    and didn't have any problems until a few weeks ago.


    Right now, after a 4 hour rest, it seems to be behaving itself.
     
    screen, Feb 21, 2006
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    screen Guest

    I would have thought the same thing, except when I disconnected the cable
    from the computer, turned the monitor off and turned it back on again after
    10 seconds,(cable disconnected), the power light went on and off about 5
    times. It's probably the monitor (CRT) and it's a good 17" Trinitron CRT
    (albeit old).
     
    screen, Feb 21, 2006
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    Sid Guest

    The CRT cannot effect the power supply (power light) in
    such a way, other than if it is shorting-- cathode, second
    anode, etc., and if that were the case, you'd have blown
    the fuse or breaker.

    When monitors age without proper ventilation, the solder
    on the PC board and other connections can become brittle
    and intermittent. Best thing to do is get another monitor,
    or a soldering iron, solder, and a good magnifying glass
    to look for hairline cracks in the solder joints with-- then
    re-solder any connection that looks suspicious. Good luck.

    Sid
     
    Sid, Feb 21, 2006
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    BoB Guest

    Adaware gives false positives occasionally. My copy [build 1.06r1] does
    not at the moment. Defs were updated on 2-14, are you up-to-date? My
    registry entries for 'edit' and 'open' indicate:

    edit
    "C:\Utils\Editors\UEdit\UEDIT32.EXE" "%1"

    open
    regedit.exe "%1"

    Regedit.exe is known for being involved with virus/troj etc. Try
    googling, "regedit.exe infected" for example.


    Switching monitors is an easy, inexpensive test if another one is
    available to use. I would guess the video card is equally suspect.

    Mine has went black both yesterday and today requiring power off to
    restart. I was also informed that the modem could not be found this
    morning when I tried to connect to my ISP. Also the CDrom is dying.
    It sounds like a model 'T' on startup if it is chilly in the room.
    This computer is ready for replacement too and it is only three years
    old. :)

    BoB
     
    BoB, Feb 22, 2006
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