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    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by EdFromNY, Jul 25, 2014.

    My son's desktop monitor is suddenly much less bright and tinted red. Anyone know of a fix? I tried downloading the most recent drivers for the monitor. No dice. Really, really, really hoping it isn't the video card.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    Have you tried checking the monitor's display settings? Some desktops have shortcut buttons that instantly switch color schemes.

    Also, how old is it? It could just be a sign of imminent failure.
     
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    It's a Dell desktop, about 5 years old, with no buttons, knobs or switches on the unit at all.
     
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    Have you checked the cables and connectors to eliminate the possibility of bad cables or ports?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Try unplugging the cable that connects the monitor to the graphics card, and plug it back in. It could just be a loose connection. If that doesn't fix it, try using another cable. If it still doesn't work, there might be something wrong with the monitor.
     
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    I'll give it a try. Thank.
     
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    Have you tried slapping both sides simultaneously or lightly hammer-fisting the top a couple times? That's about all the tech advice I can offer.
     
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    Honestly I had that happen once and it was the video card. try hooking the monitor up to a different computer and seeing if it still has a red tint. If it does then you know it's the monitor. :)
     
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    I had a friend in college who was fond of saying, "If you can't fix it with a ball pein hammer, get a bigger ball pein hammer."

    I don't want to hear that.:wtf:

    If it's not the cable, yeah, I can give that a try. Or hook up another monitor to the PC.
     
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    Definitely try connecting the monitor to another output source. If it works fine in other places, it could be signs of a failing graphics card.

    If it is the graphics card, you can try cleaning and reseating the graphics card if it is a dedicated card; however, if it is an integrated graphics card, you will need a new computer.
     
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    wait, is not one of those cathode ray tubes is it , cuz you can fix those with a magnet. just wave a magnet near the screen a voila, the red is gone.
     
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    Watch it, kid, or I'll drop my Atwater Kent on you.:dry:
     
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    That was it. Thanks.
     

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