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Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:53:16 AM »
hello. I'm new here and wondering if a 2002 monitor is compatible with my windows 10 Toshiba Satellite C55d series laptop. Reason I say that because my old   gateway monitor flickers when connected to my laptop. All I want is an external monitor instead of using split screens. Idk what's going on. Do I need to install driver for it?  Do I do something with the BIOS? Or do I just get a monitor 2012 and up? I figured any monitor should work. Please help asap. Thanks.
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Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2017, 02:03:06 PM »
That can and does happen with even new monitors.
Is it a VGA connection?
How bad is it?
Do you want to invest time and money to fix it?



Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 03:54:34 PM »
Well with my son's laptop he uses is windows 7 and the monitor never does that. With my toshiba laptop it did. It is vga connected and I think I explained that. It's bad because when I hook the darn thing up to my laptop is makes a sound like you plugged up a usb thing to the laptop, and the sound goes away. It just goes back and forth. As it does it back and forth, the old monitor displays my computer's screen then it goes to blank to power saver mode. Goes on over and over! No I don't want to invest money and if I do I will just get a compatible monitor. This is frustrating. I just need to see why it's doing that. I am thinking because the monitor is old and win 10 just not compatible for it. I got drivers to install for the monitor but still nothing happening. The instructions in the Read Me file look like they are for Windows 7 or something so therefore, I could not understand them. I can attach it here so you can translate them into Windows 10 terms. Can you do that and post it here? Or shall you PM me?
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Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 05:14:06 PM »
Some details please.
What is the make and model of the old monitor?
Are you using a VGA cable?

What is the type and make of the other computer., the one that works good.
In what area do you  live? (Do you have 120 V.  60 Hz or 240 V. 50 Hz power.)

I think it a hardware issue, not a driver. Most laptops interface to a medium resolution monitor with no big  issues.
Sometimes flicker can happen with some programs, like some games.

Does it work better or worse on battery only?

Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2017, 05:54:56 PM »
The gateway monitor is Gateway FPD1520, 15 inch screen. Like I said before I am using a VGA cable. My laptop I just described above is Toshiba Satellite C55d-b on Windows 10. The area is ...I'm not sure you mean power from the monitor?

Some details please.
What is the make and model of the old monitor?
Are you using a VGA cable?

What is the type and make of the other computer., the one that works good.
In what area do you  live? (Do you have 120 V.  60 Hz or 240 V. 50 Hz power.)

I think it a hardware issue, not a driver. Most laptops interface to a medium resolution monitor with no big  issues.
Sometimes flicker can happen with some programs, like some games.

Does it work better or worse on battery only?
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Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 07:19:06 PM »
No, remove power from the laptop from the walloutlet
 Some laptop power supplies will leak AC into the VGA cable andcause problems.

Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2017, 07:32:05 PM »
My laptop isn't connected to that its on a surge. What does that have to do with the laptop and the gateway monitor? I thought it was a driver issue. I found out the monitor's 100-120v in volts.

No, remove power from the laptop from the walloutlet
 Some laptop power supplies will leak AC into the VGA cable andcause problems.
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Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2017, 12:52:23 PM »
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Here's a quick note. When doing diagnostics and is a possible hardware problem, we don't start with the most obvious thing, we start with the easiest thing. In other words we don't try something that's going to take an hour when there is a less likely issue that only takes 30 seconds. We go for the quick item first so don't waste time spinning an hour on something that was not the problem. From past experience I know there is a problem with laptops that is rare but only takes 30 seconds to isolate. What I have posted below is for that special case where that thing that can be resolved in 30 seconds just might be the thing that is the problem. Most often that's not the problem. But it only takes 30 seconds as opposed to half an hour.Or more!



I want you to test and see if the laptop power power brick has a defect.
Run the laptop on battery as a diagnostic, not a cure.
A defective laptop power brick may/will  will cause trouble with external devices,modems,routers,printers, monitors and anything the does not tolerable high noise trash. In some cases faulty power bricks pass small amount of power into the laptop common and that passes to extralegal devices.

Just try it. Unplug it. won't take 30 seconds to see.

Re: Old monitor flickers when connected to windows 10 laptop
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2017, 06:46:50 PM »
Hey there. No worries and thanks for everything. I decide since the gateway monitor is compatible with my son't win7 lenovo laptop, I will let him have that for his laptop. I just decided to buy another monitor which is newer. It was compatible with my laptop. Thanks for everything. :)
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