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Dell LCD monitor has flashing lines, color distortion; random

\015 I have a 1 yr. old Dell Inspiron 530 LCD flat monitor. Unfortunately, warranty ran out just before we started having this problem, so no technical assistance. (Do they plan these things?!) The screen started getting little horizontal lines through it, sometimes all the way across the screen, sometimes just in little portions. They flicker and seem to steadily grow worse over time, distorting the colors and the visibility, but it is pretty random. Some web pages will look awful, some will show up just fine. Sometimes only a photo on the page is hard to see or distorted. When I scroll down, the flickering, distorted portion seems to follow the picture or the area of the page, rather than staying on the same spot on the screen (does that make sense?). At one point, it got so bad that I quit using the computer. Eventually I disconnected the screen, hooked it up to our other computer, and it seemed to be fine. So, I brought it back to the original computer, hooked it up, and it worked fine again...for a while. Now the same problem is starting to happen again. The problem seems to be worse with colors rather than a white portion of the screen, but is not limited to colors. It also seems to grow worse the longer the computer is on, but that may be in my head. It just seems like times that I've ''given the screen a rest'' it takes longer before the problem starts to occur again. As an example, right now this page I am typing on shows up just fine. I have another window with Google Earth running, and if I open that, it looks a lot worse, with lots of flickering and lines running through it. SP2008WFPt is the model number on the back of the screen, in case that helps. I don't know the exact ''name'' of the screen (can't find the paperwork right now). I have tried changing the resolution and the refresh rate in the past, and that seemed to do nothing or make the problem worse. I also tried messing with the buttons on the front of the monitor, but not really being sure what all of them were for, I experienced an understandable lack of help from that also. I never had success connecting with the blue VGA cable, so I've always used the white DVI cable? Any ideas? Should we just start looking for a new monitor? I am not the most computer-literate, so make any answers clear enough with explanations I can understand.\015

Answers :

I'm not an expert but I will give you a couple suggestion, who knows might help might not. It's worth shot.
\015\012 First open your internet explorer, when webpage comes up, go to the top of you screen and click Tools, Internet Options, Advanced, scrool down under the list marked Browsing, put a check in the box next to "Use smooth scrolling." And try it again.
\015\012 The next thing is try you other cord, it could be your video card.
\015\012If it works good on the other computer, chances are, The comupter is the problem.
\015\012 If the computer has Windows XP on it you could try a restore point.
\015\012Go to Start button, Click All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore, Click on one of the Dates that would be, before you remember having the problem, click next, let the computer reboot. And, see what happens then.
\015\012 Hope that helps some...
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