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Troubleshooting Monitors

This section discusses problems related to the system monitor. The monitor of course displays the video signals sent by the video card in the PC. The monitor is in some ways easier to troubleshoot than other parts of the PC simply because it is not inside the PC box. It interacts only with the video card (or cards in a multiple-video-card system) and therefore there are fewer places for problems or conflicts to occur. If you don't find the answer to your problem in this section on monitors, then you should check the problem listings for video cards as well, since the two are so closely related.

Warning: The most important advice I can give about troubleshooting your monitor is to resist the temptation to open it up. There are high voltages present in monitors, and it is not worth the risk of injury or death to try to work on a monitor yourself. If you can't resolve the problem with the cover on, take the monitor to a professional--that's what I do.

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