I just got a new Acer monitor because the old one was not working. Now I wonder if the monitor was the problem. This new monitor worked the first couple of times I turned it on. Then it gave a blank screen the 3rd time. For some reason, quickly turning the power strip on and off will make everything work again, though I get a screen telling me I have to start up by pushing return. I do not have to push the button again to turn on the computer as it is still on after I push the power strip button off and on.
The first time I had a problem I disconnected and reconnected everything on the new monitor. It worked fine for several days. (I turn it on once a day). Then again today I got that blank, bluish grey screen. I don't remember hearing the computer sounds that let you know things are turning on. Again, when I pushed the power strip button qquickly on and off it all started up again.
The computer is a 1 & 1/2 year old Dell desktop.
Thanks very much for any help.