I’ll tell you right away–if you came into this thread to tell me, “Right-click the mouse on the Desktop and a menu called Properties will come up…” then this thread is not for you. We are WAYYYY beyond that, in the continuing saga of Duck Duck Goose and the Monitor from Hell.
It’s been two months now.
The story so far: Windows 95 with an Acer 486. The monitor (an Aspire that came with the computer in 1996) keeps going into orange flashing light Standby Mode at the most inconvenient times, and takes longer and longer to come back. No, it’s not set in Properties to do that, that was the first thing I thought of.
We thought it was the power cord, that connects the monitor to the power strip, because for a while, it would fix itself if you wiggled the connection in the back of the monitor. We thought it was a short or something. In the linked thread, there was some discussion of how to repair monitors.
The Better Half sprayed some of that silicone lubricant stuff into the plug outlet and announced that that had fixed it.
So, as a test, I hooked up the newer, malfunctioning monitor to the old Windows 3.1 computer in the living room, and hooked up the original equipment Windows 3.1 computer’s monitor (a Pionex Super VGA 1024 non-interlaced) to the new computer in the dining room (the one we actually use). For two months now, we’ve been turning on the old computer in the living room, with the new Aspire monitor connected to it, letting the monitor run (we also have old games installed on there that La Principessa likes to play) and it has NOT been shutting itself down to standby. We’ve been watching.
And the old monitor that’s hooked up to the everyday Acer computer has not been shutting itself down, either. It’s been good as gold, for two months now.
So we miss having the speakers, because it’s no fun to play Duke Nukem in silence. This old monitor has tiny little transistor radio speakers :rolleyes: that have to be plugged in separately, that hardly do the Duke justice.
So after two months I swap monitors. Yesterday morning. Five minutes after I hook up the new monitor, it’s in standby mode. After a minute or two it comes back. Business as usual the rest of the day.
I find myself wondering whether it’s a malfunction in the ON/OFF button, not the power cord (in spite of the fact that it’s been turned on and off for two months now in the living room with no problems–I’m getting desperate). I put a band-aid over the button and tell everyone, “Let’s leave it permanently on, and when you shut the computer off, it’ll just go into Standby mode.”
So the monitor spends the night last night in Standby mode, I turn it on this morning, and five minutes later, it goes BACK into Standby mode, only this time it doesn’t come back up. At all.
So: is it a malfunction in the ON/OFF button? We turned it on and off in the living room for two months with no problems. Was it traumatized by having to spend the night in Standby mode, and it burned something out?
Or could this be a software problem? Is there some reason why this monitor, when connected to Win95, would think that it has to go into Standby mode every so often, but when connected to Windows 3.1, it wouldn’t?
I still don’t have 200 bucks for a new monitor, but we sure do miss having the sound effects. And it’s driving me nuts.