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Is my monitor "dying"?


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JuanE

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OK, first things first.
Yesterday I was playing Call of Duty 2. Everything was smooth and normal. My monitor was displaying colors perfectly. I quit playing and turned the monitor off, leaving the computer on. I went out for an hour or so and when I came back I turned on the monitor. The colors were screwed up. The most distinct thing is that blacks now look like darkish greens and some whites look kind of like... well pinkish. All the other colors look kind of fine, but somehow off. It's really hard to explain, but the fact is that there is some problem with my monitor displaying colors right. My first impression was that there might have been a driver problem. But how could it be if I didn't do anything to them. I just left my computer on for a while with the monitor turned off. I also suspected it might have been a problem with the cable or connection. I tried changing the VGA cable but the problem remained. I started wondering that maybe the monitor has began to show its age. I've been using it a lot since I bought it.
Can someone please explain me what is happening?
These are my specs:

Monitor:
Brand: KDS Radius
Model: Rad-5c
Type: LCD 15"
Year bought: 2002 - 2003 Can't remember exactly

Computer:
Pentium 4 1.6 GHz
640 MB RDRAM (Rambus)
Video Card: Powercolor Raden 9550 256 MB

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Tyger

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Did you reboot your computer? The monitor actually talks back to the computer passing information about the size and type. Rebooting may refresh that information.
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I did reboot the computer several times now. The funny thing is the black screens during the boot up look green too.
EDIT:
Ok, this is the weirdest thing. After trying almost EVERYTHING I could think off - including checking for newer drivers, changing the VGA cable, testing the monitor in another computer, etc - I finally decided to go into he monitor's own internal menu. I found the option Reset and... voila, it worked. Everything went back to normal. I still don't know how the colors were screwed up in the first place, although I'm starting to suspect someone tampered with that menu while I was away. I feel so stupid for not trying out the Reset in the first place but at the same time I feel relieved not having to change my monitor. It's been going for six years now.
Thanks Tyger for the help.

Edited by JuanE, 10 June 2008 - 10:35 PM.

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