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I've been having a problem, possibly with my monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 171s). Apparently, other people have had this problem too. At some times, my screen goes black. Most of the time when I'm playing a game and the image is dark.
I did some experamenting with this. I was playing a space game, and when I was facing the dark space, it went black, but when I was facing a bright star, It was okay. Usually when the screen goes black, it's only for a few seconds. During that time, the green light on the side of the monitor (on the on/off button) flickers and right before it goes back to normal, it turns yellow/orange.
Anyone knows what's wrong and how to fix it?
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also, just a few minutes ago, it did the same thing except it didn't go back to normal and I was forced to restart my computer. My guess was that the image was too dark. (I was playing that space game again.) I it was in a window rather than full screen, I would've pressed the start button on the keyboard. Usually, that makes the image bright enough to get the screen back to normal.
Just though I might add that...
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have you tried the monitor with a different PC or a different monitor with your PC? that will help to eliminate your monitor as the problem.

other than that it may be your video card...you might try updating the drivers (if a newer version is available) and see if thta helps
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No, I havn't tried changing PCs.
Is it possible to update the drivers online or is that something I buy at a store?
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just go to the video card manufacturer's website...they'll have a download link for the drivers
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okay... My manufacturer is MSI, so I looked for video card driver updates, and there are sooooo many. How do I know which one is best?
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We did it! The problem is gone (for now). Thank you very much for your help. I just wish I could've gotten the answer earlier.
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did you do a driver update....is that what "got you out of the dark" so to speek?
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I did. It was easier than I thought. I was expecting a two-hour long download of some sort. But it was quick and painless.

Edited by Xiami, 29 August 2007 - 02:06 PM.

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