What’s Up With This Blinking Operating System?

I’ve installed Windows 7, and I’m pleased so far – with one exception. Since installing Windows 7, my monitor keeps switching off and on again automatically. I’ve seen some other people around the web complaining about a similar issue. So I guess this is the Windows 7 “black screen” issue. I’m not sure whether it is more or less annoying than Vista’s black screen issue, but it certainly is different.

Any suggestions on how one might deal with this? I’ve upgraded my video card driver. What should I try next?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07725829998119648772 Matt Kelley

    try getting a mac

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12509596389764649667 Jay

    Try Linux, like Ubuntu. You will be pleasantly surprised."No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Microsoft.""Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for Linux is free.."freely you did receive, freely they did give."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08597511645534603563 Walter

    I have had zero problems with Vista or Win 7 — and I build my own computers.Do you have the Power Scheme set to automatically shutoff the monitor?If not, you may have a driver problem. Might try updating the driver for the graphics card.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    I think I may have found the cause (and thus a solution, albeit not an ideal one). I have our computer monitor output split to run to our TV as well as the computer monitor (it is useful for watching videos on the TV screen, among other things). I've unplugged the splitter and plugged just the monitor back in to the computer, and it hasn't blinked since. So that may be the cause, but hopefully eventually I'll find a solution that allows the TV to be left hooked up to the computer – although it isn't really that much of an inconvenience to plug it in when needed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08597511645534603563 Walter

    Are you using a laptop or a desktop PC?I have my desktop hooked up to a monitor using DVI, and my 37" LCD TV is connected via an HDMI cable. My PC plays DVDs better than my standalone player.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    It's a desktop PC. How do you connect an HDMI output to your computer? I'd probably have to add a card – my computer didn't come with an HDMI output.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08597511645534603563 Walter

    It's a desktop PC. How do you connect an HDMI output to your computer? I'd probably have to add a card – my computer didn't come with an HDMI output.If it is a fairly new machine it probably has an open pci-express slot for a graphic card update. Just order a graphic card from Amazon–like an ATI HD4350 card. Snap it in, hook up the monitor, load the drivers, then connect the TV with an HDMI cable.If it is an older TV, you might need to get a card that has component video out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    Thanks for the suggestions!


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