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Not sure where in user help to put this, so I'm putting it here.

 

We were outside, enjoying the storm here in Indiana, when there was this loud boom and crack. Sounded like the thunder was pretty close.

 

My son came in to go on line, and he asked what did you do to the color of the screen. I came in and all electric lights were on, but the microwave showed power failure that was it.

 

The pc is on a battery back up, so even if power goes off, it stays on for 11 minutes. Alex says it looks like someone held a magnet up to the screen??

 

What could have happened? I can't get the color to go back. I've got it on default 32 bits. But that's not what it is. No matter what I change it to.

 

What's going on?? Monitor getting ready to give out?

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If it is CRT monitor try the degauss mode on the menu on the monitor itself.

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Hi lindalou,

Did you have a surge protector connected to pc? If so, did you check to see if it blew out, or needs to be reset? Also have you tried unplugging Monitor for 30 minutes, then re-plugging back in? simple steps I know, but could help. Does sound like monitor took a power surge spike, if so, it's gone.

 

Wademan

 

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Hi lindalou,

Did you have a surge protector connected to pc? If so, did you check to see if it blew out, or needs to be reset? Also have you tried unplugging Monitor for 30 minutes, then re-plugging back in? simple steps I know, but could help. Does sound like monitor took a power surge spike, if so, it's gone.

 

Wademan

 

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Surge protector is connected to pc, didn't blow out and had been turned off for couple hours. I can try unplugging it though. Why wouldn't the surger protector work? Always did before. Could it have been a direct hit?

Are you telling me it only has a short time to live?

 

 

Lou Posted Today, 12:44 AM

If it is CRT monitor try the degauss mode on the menu on the monitor itself

 

Lou is it a what and do what? I know it's old, about 4-5 years old.

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A CRT monitor is any monitor besides a flat screen. If it is a CRT, use the buttons on the monitor to go in the menu and there should be something called degauss.

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Found it. Numbers are 38.1 and 60.7

 

Now, what does that mean?

 

In this day and age, can you believe, I still have this type of monitor?

 

At least at my job, where it's, can you believe this, surfing the WWW, I do have a flat screen.

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Try this also>> http://www.wikihow.com/Degauss-a-Computer-Monitor see if it helps. First step was what I suggested by turning on /off or unplugging for a while but try other steps.

 

Surge protector is connected to pc, didn't blow out and had been turned off for couple hours. I can try unplugging it though. Why wouldn't the surger protector work? Always did before. Could it have been a direct hit?

Are you telling me it only has a short time to live?

Not all surge protectors are created equal. They range form $9 to over $1500. So A direct hit could have went thru it. But try the Degaussing steps.

 

Wademan

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This is an extract from an article that was recently linked to in the U to U forum:

 

Will a surge suppressor protect my computer against a lightning strike? -- Anonymous, Jan. 2005

 

Your question really isn't about saving electricity but I'll let it slide this once.

The answer is no. No surge suppressor you can buy will protect against lightning, which can be thousands or even millions of volts. But some surge suppressors come with a warranty that covers lightning damage, even though they can't protect against it, because the manufacturers are trying to get you to buy their product. They know the chances of lightning getting into your electrical lines is rare so their risk in offering that kind of guarantee to you is small. If you don't already have insurance to cover your electronics equipment then buying a surge suppressor that comes with a lightning guarantee is an easy way to insure yourself.

 

Whether or not you're insured (and whether with real insurance or a product guarantee), the only way to keep your equipment safe during a lightning storm is to physically unplug it from the wall. Turning it off isn't good enough, and turning off the power strip it's on isn't good enough -- there's enough power in a lightning surge to jump the little gap that turns a switch off. It's up to you whether you want to go to the hassle of unplugging your electronics when there's a storm. Me, I usually leave everything plugged in and just make sure my computer data is backed up.

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A power surge can also damage the power supply, motherboard or any cards connected to the motherboard. My experience has been that immediate damage to CRT monitors don't usually show up immediately rather the monitor blows suddenly some days afterward. Now power supply, motherboard, video card, or other cards the damage shows up immediately by either not functioning properly or not functioning at all :cr@sh: That's why when we have warning of those lovely mid-western storms we unplug all of the computers until the danger has passed :sparkle:

If you'de taken a direct hit everything electric would have been fried in your house :hammer:

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When i got back from Chicago my computer was messed up from the storm. the little women yelled downstairs to me " The computer is running all slow and stupid up here" So i run upstairs like lighting cause i just finished building this PC 3 weeks ago. Either way after some digging around i found the sound card was half fried. It worked but was very jumpy and and used up like 95% of the power of the pc so when i tried to open any files or surf it took 5min to respond. Long story short i leave my pc on all the time and when i went to chicago to bury my father the midwest got hit by severe weater and by looking out the window it dont look over yet the power strip did nothing to protect my pc from lighting.................

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loud here. Guess what, Wademan's advice worked! I turned the monitor off and then on and everything is great!

 

Why did it do that though? Was it the lightening?

 

Thanks everyone, now to look at porn...er cars.

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lightning even if it doesn't make a direct hit, can put a static charge in the air and cause strange things. Best to shut down and unplug everything during electrical storms if you're there to do it

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i have the same problem with my laptop.. where can i find the degauss mode..??

 

Really? A thread from 2007?? Degauss mode is in the settings on your monitor. ;)

 

sorry but there won't be a degauss mode on a laptops lcd monitor, degauss was for crt monitors and cathode ray tubes, lcd monitors work in a completely different way.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathode_ray_tube#Degaussing

 

so no idea what screen problem Kim Marie Anne Ureña has but degaussing certainly won't be the fix for it.

 

if you wish to keep trying to find a solution for your monitor, it would be best to start a new topic in the user to user forum here:

http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/forum/3-user-to-user-help/

 

:b33r:

 

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