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Bez
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After having switched on my PC the monitor did not come on. I thought I must have switched it off by mistake. So I pushed the switch and it still did not come on. On switching once more the green light appeared for a few seconds only to go back to the 'off' position. Is this a sign that the monitor has packed up?

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Bez

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Thank you very much for your help. I am going to have the switch inspected.

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chub_tor

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wee-eddie I don't think that it could be the switch itself or the light would not change from amber to green and back and that may rule out the cable too when I think about it. I think that the graphics card has gone kaput.

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Bez

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Thank you for your help. I am going to have the switch inspected.

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Bez

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Well, if it is the graphics card does it mean I need a new computer which is ten yeas old?

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onthelimit1

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Ten years old is ancient in computer terms (as is a 17 yr old monitor). They're cheap these days, so not worth spending money on the old one (I would say).

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wee eddie

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Nothing wrong with a 10 year old Computer if it does what you want it too.

Spending: If you have £500.00, or so, handy. You can have great fun choosing another PC but, remember, much of your Software and most of your peripherals (printers etc) will not work with the new model.

If you have a handy £120.00, or so, you could buy yourself a, state of the art Monitor, very wizzy, Thin screen, 22 to 24 inch, with vibrant Colours and then carry on using your PC for the next 5 years.

p.s. I did not say that the On/Off Switch was broken, I said that I thought that it had developed a fault, which is a different thing altogether. Frequently a precursor to being broken, though.

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chub_tor

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Somehow I missed the bit about the monitor being 17 years old so I would approach it this way. Start with getting a new monitor, if funds are limited take a look in the small ads in the local newspaper; in ours you can pick up a 17" LCD for around £30 as there are lots of people upgrading to 20" or higher. See it working before you buy. Connect it to your PC and boot up, if the system works you are in business for a while longer. If not you have a half decent monitor ready for use with a newervPC. A 10 year old PC is not worth upgrading but keep the hard drive so you can clone it across to your new system or at a minimum get your data files from it.

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Bez

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Thank you for all your suggestions, I know now what to do.I'll take the monitor to a friend to find out whether the monitor is at fault or if it is the graphics card. After that things should be clearer.

It has been very interesting to receive helpful hints from all of you and to profit from your experience. I am grateful, thank you all.

This is the end of my inquiry.

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wee eddie

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Bez:

Now you need to close the thread > Chose the Posting that has been most illuminating > Click the little Thumbs-Up Logo and a Tick will appear beneath it > Click that Tick and it will go Green > mission accomplished.

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Bez

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It was the monitor!

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