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by gar63 / March 4, 2004 8:07 PM PST

Every so often, maybe every 15-20 minutes, my monitor will go black for a couple of seconds. I really don't think it's my monitor. Would this be my video card doing this? I have the Nvidia Gforce4 mx420. The device manager says it's working properly. One more thing I just noticed.........the Nvidia settings icon is in my system tray. It's never been there before. When I click on the icon, it will cause my screen to go black for a second, also.

Any ideas??
Thanks!
Patty G

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Re:display problems
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 4, 2004 9:47 PM PST
In reply to: display problems

1. Try a newer driver or older... http://www.nvidia.com

2. Parasite removal programs.

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6132-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=1313&start=0 notes the five scanning tools and removal tools that are fairly safe. If one does encounter an issue, its always been damage done by the MALWARE. The most common issue being Layered Service Provider replacement which you can use LSPFIX (Hint: use http://www.google.com to find).

The thread has follow on discussions about new links if you don't want to use Google to find an item.

3. Consider if you have any P2P or network shares, that the screen may refresh at the interval that the network shares are tested. In the registry, depending on the OS, the time is usually 600 to 1800 seconds. Very interesting about your timeframe, but given you didn't note a network, I'll leave you to look into this.

Bob

PS. All the tools are free.

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Re:display problems
by Willy / March 4, 2004 10:48 PM PST
In reply to: display problems

Did you recently update your video driver or fiddle with video setting? One reason for the Nvidia icon to appear at the systray is due to that. You may want to look into "power mgt." setting to see if the monitor is actaully following its rules, provided it is powering down/sleep at the *same* time. Excluding any h/w faults, just look into the setting. Nvida setting config display is pretty intense, make sure to save/apply them before exiting as it could be default setting. I found the new Nvida config setup has more levels than desired, IMHO so don't rush it when resetting/checking. Also, new drivers are avaialble see if yours is applicable for one as a possible cure.
Also, check into any bios updates but review what they do before application. This is all related to the mtrbd. chipset, some VIA types maybe more troublesome.

good luck -----Willy

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Re:display problems
by Bob__B / March 4, 2004 11:42 PM PST
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WAG.

Start/run/msconfig/startup

See if you have something like NVIEW running.

If so untick it and see if it makes a diff.


As for the icon near the clock, I think if you look around in your display adapter settings you will find a check box for display quick tweek icon.

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