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Graphics card or monitor problem?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 19, 2010 3:08:34 AM

Hi all,

My display randomly turns off for like 2-3 seconds and then comes back on. It happened before a full reinstall and it still happens after.

House wiring is recent and fine for everything else, using surge protection.

It happens with all recent nvidia drivers on a 460.

I don't think I've ever noticed it happening during a game so I don't think it;s a power issue. Seems to happen in windows and kinda randomly. But if it does once it will usually happen a few times shortly after.

I disabled all the power management stuff afaik in both the old and new install.

Windows 7 x64. MSSE turns up nothing and never has. I am super paranoid about security so I doubt it's anything like that.

I use an hdmi switch but it never does this when I am using the monitor and a ps3.

I turned off all the monitors auto switching stuff and have hdmi only selected.

What do you guys think? Bad cable? Bad card? Bad monitor?
a c 1324 U Graphics card
a c 96 C Monitor
September 19, 2010 5:45:51 AM

I think if it was the card you would get a message on the monitor that it is not getting signal.
September 19, 2010 3:59:38 PM

When I turn off the computer I do get the no signal message after about 5 seconds. I don't get that when the monitor goes blank for 2 seconds. The monitor literally just goes blank for about 2 seconds and then comes back. In fact, it just happened twice right now.
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a c 1324 U Graphics card
a c 96 C Monitor
September 19, 2010 4:43:53 PM

I had a similar issue with a Samsung monitor it eventually died. Can you check the monitor on an other computer?
September 19, 2010 5:02:47 PM

Well sort of. It doesn't do this when I plug in the hdmi from my ps3. It didn't do it while I just watched a movie.
a c 1324 U Graphics card
a c 96 C Monitor
September 19, 2010 6:50:38 PM

You are using HDMI from the computer to the switch and then from the switch to the monitor and same with the PS3?
September 19, 2010 7:39:51 PM

Yes normally they both go through the switch. I have also tried going directly without using the switch and it still happens.
a c 1324 U Graphics card
a c 96 C Monitor
September 19, 2010 7:55:24 PM

According to PS3 monitor is fine. Switch is fine. Leaves us with cable from card or card it self.