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    Monitor has a pinkish hue

    When I returned to my computer a few days ago, after "awakening" from standby as usual, the monitor (a Dell 17" flat screen) had a pinkish hue. I've tried unplugging it and rebooting Windows (XP Home), but to no avail. Any ideas how to get rid of this thing? It's annoying. Thanks.

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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    How old is the screen? The only times I can remember seeing this have been either the cables weren't plugged in firmly or, with the CRT style, the screen has been about to fail. I'm not so sure with LCD (if that's what you mean by "flat"). I do realise that "flat" is a style of CRT also.
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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    I share Granville's confusion!

    I have a very old 21" CRT monitor from Digital (must have cost many
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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    If it is a CRT, try a de-gauss (should be accessible through the monitor's setup, not through the pc) - this removes magnetic build-up.

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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    I've always been puzzled what happens to the little gausses when you press that button...!

    On the offending monitor all that does is to make the pink-purple colour go all wiggly, and then settle down!
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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    If the connection is always tight, and NEVER comes off, then this isn't going to be your problem. However, if there is even a SLIM chance the connection at the Videocard / Monitor cable has been disconnected, check for any bent pins. This has been a problem for a few people I know, that ask me to 'fix' their computers.

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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    John,

    Just a side comment.
    I had an "Uncle-in-Law" whose last name was Gauss. He would always get PO'd when I would say I was going to de-gauss the monitor. Like it was a form of capital punishment. Needless to say, I usually saved the de-gaussing chore until he was visiting! <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    Jon,

    Besides the other good tips suggested by the other Loungers, you also might want to check your video card settings ( if you have one that allows detailed adjustments ). If your contrast & brightness controls are set too high, you could get a background hue of one color or another. try backing he contrast to a darker setting. This would apply if the pinkish hue is over ALL over the screen, not concentrated in one area. If you have it only in one area, it's an indication that the CRT is starting to go the way of the Dodo bird.
    My first suspect would be the video card though. Either settings or components going soft. Substitute, if possible, even it's not nothing more than a standard VGA card.

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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    The postings about cables led me to another thought, living here in the Tropics the connections can "go wonky" if they are never unplugged. Seems to be a combo of dust and humidity.
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    Re: Monitor has a pinkish hue

    Actually, I think it was a fluke. Everything seems to be fine now. Thanks to everyone for your help.

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