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Just found the model of the 24" monitor.... its a dell 2408WFP
Hi, Here's the results of the tests I have managed to run so far. 1)a) PSA reports no errors b) Havent been able to run the dell diags yet ;-( I will get this done when I have a chance But of... See more...
Hi, Here's the results of the tests I have managed to run so far. 1)a) PSA reports no errors b) Havent been able to run the dell diags yet ;-( I will get this done when I have a chance But of course the problem could be on visible to the diags when the problem actually occurs, which sort of puts me in a catch 22 type situation. 2) Done - No change - I actually did this this morning. Great minds think alike ;-) 3) Done - No change 4) I have access to 2 monitors  - Dell 3008WFP - This is the original monitor that I got with the machine.  Power light is blue when all is OK and I can see stuff on the screen. It goes orange when it goes to standby. Dell 24 inch monitor that I got with a XPS420 (service tag 5GSGY3J) Power light is green when all is OK and I can see stuff on the screen. It goes orange when it goes to standby. Both screens run the self test when the cable is not connected to the GPU. As I mentioned in my first post, I have swapped the the monitors when the one screen goes on standby to see if its the monitor - but the second monitor also goes into standby.  I am not using the same DVI Cable for both monitors. I have 2 DVI cables and I unplug one from the GPU then plug the other in. 5) When the monitor goes to standby the power button on the tower stays solid white - See answer 6 as well. There are no error beeps. I have had no BSDs or device failures.  Fans stay constant, HDD light occasionally flashes, network activity LED flashes..... everything is normal apart from not being able to see anything. 6) When the monitor comes back, the desktop is how it was when it went into standby.  I was using Ventrilo voice comms today with a friend, and when the screen went into standby I could still talk to and hear my friend.  He was watching my character in the online game I was playing and when I pressed keys on my keyboard my character performed appropriate actions in the game. So as a brief summary. My screen going into standby is the problem but..... It happens with 2 dell monitors - both of which work fine on my Alienware and XPS420 It happens with 3 difference graphics cards - nvidia GTX480, nvidia GTX 295, ATI Radeon 5970 - All of which work fine on my Alienware. I have replaced the PSU with the PSU from my Alienware. When it does happen all other computer functions (as far as I can tell) are unaffected. It really does make no sense......
Hi, Thanks for the super fast response, sadly I missed a rather important detail with my initial post.. When I have been checking components, swapping bits etc, I have pressed the power button ... See more...
Hi, Thanks for the super fast response, sadly I missed a rather important detail with my initial post.. When I have been checking components, swapping bits etc, I have pressed the power button on the PC and it does a proper shutdown.   When I then turn on the machine again, the screen stays on standby.. I dont get to see any POST or windows loading screen.  The monitor stays on standby for a while and then the windows desktop will appear. then the routine continues.. standby.. delay.. screen on.. standy.. etc etc So the checks you have asked me to do arent really relevant as once the screen goes on standby it stays on standby even though the machine has been rebooted - and I have checked with the additional monitor and a GTX295 graphics card as well.. So thats 3 GPUs and 2 monitors that have the symptoms. This sort of implies that a component that is not cooled directly by the fans is overheating (? maybe?) and once it cools the system displays video. In the mean time I have also removed all peripherals HDD, DVD Rom, 2 of the Memory chips ( and swapped the one I left in to ensure the one chip wasnt bad) Same problem. I have also removed the graphics card and get 4 BIOS beeps - no GPU - installed the card and same problem - no beeps though Some more info... that may (or may not be useful) - The motherboard has a green LED when the PC is powered on - even when the screen is on standy, the 295 GPUs have green LED's to show its correctly powered - this stays green - even when the screen is on standy.  I am hoping to find a really low end GPU that does require additional power to see if that makes any difference...   Hope this additional info is helpful  
Hi, I have an XPS 730x H2C which has developed a rather odd problem... and of course my warranty ran out a couple of months ago   I was gaming last week and all of the sudden my monitor went... See more...
Hi, I have an XPS 730x H2C which has developed a rather odd problem... and of course my warranty ran out a couple of months ago   I was gaming last week and all of the sudden my monitor went into standby, but I could still hear the game via my headphones and I could still do things in game using the keyboard and mouse.  Easy I thought.. one of the graphics cards has died, annoying but an easy fix.  I removed both of the graphics cards and replaced them with a single Radeon 5970 that I have ( and I know works). I start the PC, and the monitor stays on standby.. hmmmm. At this time I get a phone call, so while I am on the phone I see the monitor come to life and there's my desktop.  Awesome I think.... sadly not.  After a few minutes the screen goes into standby again.. I wait about 15 minutes... screen comes to life for a couple of minutes.. screen goes back to standby. Ok, maybe its the monitor and not the graphics card.. so I get another dell monitor and no joy, same problem. Hmmmm ok. something must be overheating.. so next time the screen comes back, I start up the XPS thermal monitor and nothing is running above 80f, graphics cards are running 75f.  Maybe one of the sensors is broken, so I turn the fan speeds up to 100% on the XPS Thermal monitor and on the graphics cards.   It sounds like a tornado in my office, but still the standby, 15 minute delay, desktop for a couple of minutes, standby cycle continues. So my next thought is its a power supply problem.  I have an Alienware Area 51 as well, which, apart from additional GPU cables, is the same as that in my XPS.  So I remove the power supply from the Alienware, install in the XPS and.. surprise surprise the same problem exists.   This means I have ruled out, GPU, PSU, Monitor, overheating, I have also reseated all of the cables, memory and everything else I can think of and yet it still has the same problem! Does anybody have any suggestions where I go next?   Thanks in advance