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I have a wierd problem that's driving me nuts.
My wife has a Compaq 9500 19" CRT monitor on an AMD XP 2100 (1733 MHz)
512 meg ram, with on board sound and graphics.
A few months ago, the screen went a deep red hue with a black start button but would occasionaly flicker back and forth to normal. I tried setting the refresh rate to 85 from 75 Hz and back, played with the operator setting, software, nothing.

I have a Cornerstone PL500 21" CRT on my AMD described in my profile. I have never had any problems with it. I put my wifes Compaq monitor on to my PC to see if the issue was related to her PC only and I had the same horrid colors.
I wrote the monitor off as dysfunctional. I hooked up my Cornerstone again and after it went into standby mode, it came out with the same red coloring! 2 different computers and 2 different screens?

Out of frustration I gave the side a love tap and it went back to normal.
What could this be??
We are both using XP Pro so the black start button is definately not normal!

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Connect your own monitor (CornerStone?) to your wife's PC. If all is well, then her monitor has definitely 'packed up' (probably one or more of the three colour-guns has expired). If the CornerStone not working properly on either PC, I would not rule out the possibility that by sheer coincidence both monitors have 'packed up' in similar fashion. A one-in-a-million chance of that happening, but not impossible.

Edited by pip22, 15 August 2007 - 07:44 AM.

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