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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Do you have a floursent light anywhere near the monitor?
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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Hello Legare,

    Gee, no. How would that be a factor.

    Thanks for replying!
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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    The magnetic field from the transformer in a flouresent light can cause that affect if it is too close to the monitor.
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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Oh Shoot! Interesting! No flouresent lights. Oh wait a sec. My PC is about 8 feet away from the kitchen over head lights, which are flouresent. I recently took the cover off to clean it, and haven't gotten around to putting it back on. I think since it's 8 feet away, I'm stretching it.

    I put the cover back. No change. I'll reboot.

    I'll get back to you later. I need to get ready to go out.

    Tanks!
    Dee

    I'm back. Well, I was stretching it. I put the cover back on the fixture, and shutdown my PC. Same lines.

    Tanks anyway!
    Dee

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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Hi LC
    I'm not sure why would a fluorescent light would have a transformer in it. All the ones I've come across work off mains voltage - otherwise they'd be rather heavy and expensive. Unless you are referring to the 'starter' or 'choke' which is a capacitor and would not generate strong enough magnetic fields to affect anything. It might, however, have been some sort of induction effect. Nevertheless, you started off a train of thought.

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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    I had an experience like this once, turned out to be the Card on the fritz. just my [img]/w3timages/icons/2cents.gif[/img].

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    Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by DeeDow on 01/02/26 18:28.</FONT></P>I seem to have ghost lines running horizontally across my display. Some light, some darker, depending on the colors of the current open application. The lines move when I move the scroll bar and do not print or travel in e-mail. I e-mailed Compaq and they

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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Hello MarC,

    >Are there speakers or phones anywhere near the monitor?<
    Yes the speaker are near by, but I don

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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Hey Drk,

    Bummer! (for both of us) Well, deep down I knew there was no magic wand! But I was hoping. I also have my prob posted on another forum, here

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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    MerC's suggestions triggered a thought: if you are in the kitchen, are you close to the refrigerator? Perhaps the 'fridge compressor motor is interfering.

    Also, check your monitor refresh rate settings, if they are set low try higher, or vice versa.

    You might put an Isolated Ground plug in the outlet in case there are electrical system flaws in your building. Prevents a grounded short from "backing" into whatever is plugged into the outlet, I use them for 'puter and entertainment electronics. (In the US, orange outlet with a little triangle.) However this is unlikely to solve this particular problem.

    Otherwise I think MerC and others have pinned it down; horiz bands are most likely related to the monitor electron beam scanner, and if it goes, it goes.
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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Closest thing to a magic wand is going to be John's reply, I think he may have struck it there.. Try increasing your monitor's frequency to the max it'll handle and see if that works.

    Also, nothing gauranteed, but I can't imagine how a recovery would work, if you've already replaced the drivers. Just a few more [img]/w3timages/icons/2cents.gif[/img]... [img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    I overlooked your statement:
    <hr>Last night, I hooked my monitor up to another PC and it was fine.<hr>
    If so, get that other PC hooked into the same outlet and in the same location (what are friends for) and try your monitor (and another monitor for reference) on that PC. If your monitor acts the same with both PC's, the problem is interference in the vicinity. If it acts up only with your PC, it's much more likely to be the drivers or the card. (The other monitor's behavior doesn't mean much unless it's an identical model, but if both display the same lines on both machines only at that location, it's definitely a local interference problem.)
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    Re: Horizontal Ghost Lines Driving Me Nuts

    Hello,

    Geez, I

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