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    Monitor problems

    Had minor problem on PC for a few months where only second monitor showed on first startup and I had to restart. Now it's a major hassle, often get neither showing and have to restart several times. Problem only happens on 1st use after switching off at mains, if I leave power on and just turn off PC, it's ok.

    Tried all the obvious stuff and suggestions on line, changing leads, using different monitors, pressing Win-P, checking got latest driver version, disabling/enabling, uninstalling reinstalling etc. No solutions. Any ideas, needs new graphics card maybe? Ta.

    PS One lead is vga and one dvi. Daftest thing is that it's usually the monitor on the left that works regardless of which lead is plugged in. Weird.
    bloggoth

    If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
    John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)

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    Originally posted by xoggoth View Post
    Had minor problem on PC for a few months where only second monitor showed on first startup and I had to restart. Now it's a major hassle, often get neither showing and have to restart several times. Problem only happens on 1st use after switching off at mains, if I leave power on and just turn off PC, it's ok.

    Tried all the obvious stuff and suggestions on line, changing leads, using different monitors, pressing Win-P, checking got latest driver version, disabling/enabling, uninstalling reinstalling etc. No solutions. Any ideas, needs new graphics card maybe? Ta.

    PS One lead is vga and one dvi. Daftest thing is that it's usually the monitor on the left that works regardless of which lead is plugged in. Weird.
    I've had a few issues with monitors. I would have suggested changing leads, if you have any adaptors try and get a decent lead that fits both ports without the adaptor. I've just sorted an issue with flickering by removing the adaptor.

    I've had other issues with multiple monitors, onto MS support and in the end had to reinstall windows 10 from scratch. Some nonsense about driver corruption etc. Anyway, seems to have helped.

    Is your graphic card definitely able to support both monitors running at your required resolution?

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      #3
      Originally posted by woohoo View Post
      I've had a few issues with monitors. I would have suggested changing leads, if you have any adaptors try and get a decent lead that fits both ports without the adaptor. I've just sorted an issue with flickering by removing the adaptor.

      I've had other issues with multiple monitors, onto MS support and in the end had to reinstall windows 10 from scratch. Some nonsense about driver corruption etc. Anyway, seems to have helped.

      Is your graphic card definitely able to support both monitors running at your required resolution?
      Cheers Woohoo. Not using any adapters. Yeh, had no problem with same monitors until a few months ago. Wonder if Intel driver could be problem, notice it was updated in March which could have been when problems started. Tried rollback but says no previous version available.

      Not sure it's related to Windows, I don't get usual boot text showing when the monitor doesn't work.
      Last edited by xoggoth; 21 July 2019, 16:56.
      bloggoth

      If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
      John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)

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        #4
        Originally posted by xoggoth View Post
        Daftest thing is that it's usually the monitor on the left that works regardless of which lead is plugged in. Weird.
        Failing PSU or graphics card? If monitors power up but no output on screen (light on but nobody home) then maybe there is insufficient power on cold start up, and rebooting or leaving power on keeps enough juice in the circuits to avoid the problem.

        Can't you just leave on at mains until get opportunity to try a different PSU or graphics card? They should be drawing virtually no power when turned off but powered on at mains anyway.

        The left monitor may be working better if it has 'wake up' circuits for video received that require slightly less power than the right monitor.
        Last edited by Hobosapien; 22 July 2019, 08:23.
        Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.

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          #5
          So the left monitor works fine but the right doesn't?

          Swap over inputs from the graphics card(s) - you've already swapped the cables but I didn't see you mention that you've tried output A into monitor B and vice versa.

          If the left monitor still works after that swap about then the fault may be with the monitor rather than the PC hardware/cables.

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            #6
            Ta both. No, I did mean I swapped the outputs. Left working prob. just coincidence. I do find if I leave on at mains overnight there is no problem. Turning on about 10 mins before using didn't work tho.
            bloggoth

            If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
            John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)

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