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Troubleshooting issues with the following Dell monitor : E170S/E190S




Table of Contents:

  1. Using the Monitor Self-Test
  2. Using the Built-In Diagnostics
  3. Common Monitor Issues
  4. Product Specific Issues
  5. USB Issues
  6. Soundbar Issues
  7. Cardreader Issues

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Using the Monitor Self-Test

The monitor provides a self-test feature that allows you to check whether your monitor is functioning properly. If your monitor and computer are properly connected but the monitor screen remains dark, run the monitor self-test by performing the following steps:

  1. Turn off both the computer and the monitor.
  2. Unplug the video cable from the back of the monitor. To ensure proper Self-Test operation, remove all digital (white DVI connector) and analog (blue VGA connector) cables from the back of the computer.
  3. Turn on the monitor.
The floating dialog box should appear on-screen (against a black background) if the flat panel display cannot sense a video signal and is working correctly. While in self-test mode, the power LED remains blue. Also, depending upon the selected input, one of the dialogs shown below will continuously scroll through the screen.

  1. This box also appears during normal system operation, if the video cable becomes disconnected or damaged. The monitor will enter Power Save Mode after 5 minutes if left at this state.
  2. Turn off the flat panel display and reconnect the video cable; then turn on both the computer and the flat panel display.

If the flat panel display screen remains blank after using the previous procedure, check the video controller and computer, because the flat panel display is functioning properly.


Using the Built-In Diagnostics

The monitor has a built-in diagnostic tool that helps you determine if a problem you are having with the display is a problem with the monitor, your computer, or your video card.

You can only run the built-in diagnostics when the video cable is unplugged and the monitor is in self-test mode.

To run the built-in diagnostics:

Your monitor has a built-in diagnostic tool that helps to determine if the screen abnormality you are experiencing is an inherent problem with the monitor, or with the computer and video card. To run the built-in diagnostics:

  1. Ensure that the screen is clean (no dust particles on the surface of the screen).
  2. Unplug the video cable(s) from the back of the computer or monitor. The monitor then goes into the self-test mode.
  3. On the front panel, press and hold the Menu button and the + button. A gray screen is displayed.
  4. Check the display for any abnormalities.
  5. Press the + button on the front panel again. The color of the screen changes to red.
  6. Check the display for any abnormalities.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to check the display in green, blue, and white colored screens.
  8. The test is complete when the white screen appears. To exit, press the + Button again. If you do not detect any screen abnormalities upon using the built-in diagnostic tool, the monitor is functioning properly. Check the video card and computer.

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Common Monitor Issues

Common Symptoms What You Experience Possible Solutions
No Video/Power LED Off No picture
  • Ensure that the video cable connecting the monitor and the computer is properly connected and secure.
  • Verify that the power outlet is functioning properly using any other electrical equipment.
  • Ensure that the power button is depressed fully.
No Video/Power LED On No picture or no brightness
  • Increase the brightness and contrast controls via OSD.
  • Run the monitor self-test feature check.
  • Check for bent or broken pins in the video cable connector.
  • Run the built-in diagnostics.
  • Ensure that the correct input source is selected via the Input Source Select button.
Poor Focus Picture is fuzzy, blurry, or ghosting
  • Eliminate video extension cables.
  • Reset the monitor to the Factory settings.
  • Change the video resolution to the correct aspect ratio (16:9).
Shaky/Jittery Video Wavy picture or fine movement
  • Reset the monitor to Factory Settings.
  • Check the environmental factors.
  • Relocate the monitor and test it in another room.
    A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. NOTE: If you're using DVI connection, ensure that a Dual Link DVI cable is used (supplied together with the monitor). Check for loose connection. Unplug & reconnect if required.
Missing Pixels LCD screen has spots
  • Cycle power on-off.
  • Pixel that is permanently off is a natural defect that can occur in LCD technology.
  • For more information on Dell Monitor Quality and Pixel Policy, see Dell Support site at: www.dell.com/support/monitors This link opens a new browser window..
Stuck-on Pixels LCD screen has bright spots
  • Cycle power on-off.
  • Pixel that is permanently off is a natural defect that can occur in LCD technology.
  • For more information on Dell Monitor Quality and Pixel Policy, see Dell Support site at: www.dell.com/support/monitors This link opens a new browser window..
Brightness Problems Picture too dim or too bright
  • Reset the monitor to the Factory settings.
  • Adjust the brightness/contrast controls via OSD.
Geometric Distortion Screen not centered correctly
  • Reset the monitor to Factory settings.
Horizontal/Vertical Lines Screen has one or more lines
  • Reset the monitor to the Factory settings.
  • Perform monitor self-test feature check and determine if these lines are also in self-test mode.
  • Check for bent or broken pins in the video cable connector.
  • Run the built-in diagnostics.
  • If you're using DVI connection, ensure that a Dual Link DVI cable is used (Supplied together with the monitor).
  • Check for loose connection. Unplug & reconnect if required.
Synchronization Problems Screen is scrambled or appears torn
  • Reset the monitor to the Factory settings.
  • Perform monitor self-test feature check to determine if the scrambled screen appears in self-test mode.
  • Check for bent or broken pins in the video cable connector.
  • Restart the computer in the safe mode.
  • If you're using DVI connection, ensure that a Dual Link DVI cable is used (Supplied together with the monitor).
  • Check for loose connection. Unplug & reconnect if required.
Safety Related Issues Visible signs of smoke or sparks
  • Do not perform any troubleshooting steps.
  • Contact Dell immediately.
Intermittent Problems Monitor malfunctions On & Off
  • Ensure that the video cable connecting the monitor to the computer is connected properly and is secure.
  • Reset the monitor to the Factory settings.
  • Perform monitor self-test feature check to determine if the intermittent problem occurs in self-test mode.
Missing Color Picture missing color
  • Perform monitor self-test feature check.
  • Ensure that the video cable connecting the monitor to the computer is connected properly and is secure.
  • Check for bent or broken pins in the video cable connector.
Wrong Color Picture color is not good
  • Change the Color Setting mode in the Color Settings OSD to Graphics or Video, depending on the application.
  • Try different Color Preset Settings in Color Settings OSD. Adjust R/G/B value in Color Settings OSD if the Color Management is turned Off.
  • Change the Input Color Format to PC RGB or YPbPr in the Advance Settings OSD.
  • Run the built-in diagnostics.
Image retention from a static image left on the monitor for a long period of time Faint shadow from the static image appears on the screen
  • Use the Power Management feature to turn off the monitor at all times, when it is not in use. (for more information, see Power Management Modes).
  • Alternatively, use a dynamically changing screensaver.

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Product Specific Issues

Specific Symptoms What You Experience Possible Solutions
Screen image is too small Image is centered on screen, but does
not fill entire viewing area
  • Check the Scaling Ratio setting in Image Setting OSD.
  • Reset the monitor to Factory Settings.
Cannot adjust the monitor with the buttons on the front panel OSD does not appear on the screen
  • Turn Off the monitor, unplug the power cord, plug back, and then turn on the monitor.
  • Check whether OSD is locked. If yes, press and hold button above power button for 10 seconds to unlock. See Menu Lock.
No Input Signal when user controls are pressed No picture, the LED light is white.
  • Check the signal source. Ensure the computer is not in the power saving mode by moving the mouse or pressing any key on the keyboard.
  • Check whether the signal cable is plugged in properly. Re-plug the signal cable if necessary.
  • Reset the computer or video player.
The picture does not fill the entire screen. The picture cannot fill the height or width of the screen
  • Due to different video formats (aspect ratio) of DVDs, the monitor may display in full screen.
  • Run the built-in diagnostics.
No image when using DP connection to the PC Black screen
  • Verify which DP standard (DP 1.1a or DP 1.2) is your Graphics Card certified to. Download and install the latest Graphics Card driver.
  • Some DP 1.1a Graphics Card cannot support DP 1.2 monitors. Change the monitor DP setting to match your Graphics Card by following instruction found in section "Connecting the Monitor For DP MST Function".

When choosing DVI-D/DP/DVI/HDMI mode, the Auto Adjust function will not be available.

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USB Issues

Specific Symptoms What User Experience Possible solution
USB interface is not working USB peripherals are not working
  • Check that your monitor is turned ON.
  • Reconnect the upstream cable to your computer.
  • Reconnect the USB peripherals (downstream connector).
  • Switch off and then turn on the monitor again.
  • Reboot the computer.
  • Some USB devices like external portable HDD require higher electric current; connect the device directly to the computer system.
High Speed USB 3.0 interface is slow. High Speed USB 3.0 peripherals working slowly or not working at all
  • Check that your computer is USB 3.0-capable.
  • Some computers have both USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports. Ensure that the correct USB port is used.
  • Reconnect the upstream cable to your computer.
  • Reconnect the USB peripherals (downstream connector).
  • Reboot the computer.

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Soundbar Issues

Common Symptoms What You Experience Possible Solutions
No Sound No power to Soundbar — the power indicator is Off.
  • Turn the Power/Volume knob on the Soundbar clockwise to the middle position; check if the power indicator (Blue LED) on the front of the Soundbar is illuminated.
  • Confirm that the power cable from the Soundbar is plugged into the adapter.
No Sound Soundbar has power - power indicator is On.
  • Plug the audio line-in cable into the computer's audio out jack.
  • Set all Windows volume controls to their maximum.
  • Play some audio content on the computer (i.e. audio CD, or MP3).
  • Turn the Power/Volume knob on the Soundbar clockwise to a higher volume setting.
  • Clean and reseat the audio line-in plug.
  • Test the Soundbar using another audio source (i.e. portable CD player).
Distorted Sound Computer's sound card is used as the audio source.
  • Clear any obstructions between the Soundbar and the user.
  • Confirm that the audio line-in plug is completely inserted into the jack of the sound card.
  • Set all Windows volume controls to their midpoints.
  • Decrease the volume of the audio application.
  • Turn the Power/Volume knob on the Soundbar counter-clockwise to a lower volume setting.
  • Clean and reseat the audio line-in plug.
  • Troubleshoot the computer's sound card.
  • Test the Soundbar using another audio source (i.e. portable CD player).
Distorted Sound Other audio source is used.
  • Clear any obstructions between the Soundbar and the user.
  • Confirm that the audio line-in plug is completely inserted into the jack of the audio source.
  • Decrease the volume of the audio source.
  • Turn the Power/Volume knob on the Soundbar counter-clockwise to a lower volume setting.
  • Clean and reseat the audio line-in plug.
Unbalanced Sound Output Sound from only one side of Soundbar.
  • Clear any obstructions between the Soundbar and the user.
  • Confirm that the audio line-in plug is completely inserted into the jack of the sound card or audio source.
  • Set all Windows audio balance controls (L-R) to their midpoints.
  • Clean and reseat the audio line-in plug.
  • Troubleshoot the computer's sound card.
  • Test the Soundbar using another audio source (i.e. portable CD player).
Low Volume Volume is too low.
  • Clear any obstructions between the Soundbar and the user.
  • Turn the Power/Volume knob on the Soundbar clockwise to the maximum volume setting.
  • Set all Windows volume controls to their maximum.
  • Increase the volume of the audio application.
  • Test the Soundbar using another audio source (i.e. portable CD player).

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OSD Warning Messages

Problem OSD Warning Message
The user cannot adjust the monitor with the buttons on the front panel. OSD does not appear on the screen.
The monitor cannot synchronize with the signal that is received from the computer
The DDC/CI function is disabled.

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Datum der letzten Änderung: 06/05/2015 04:57 AM


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