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So, moving today, I had a monitor die. Which lead me to pull out an older monitor which had given me issues but I had hopes would work.
Power it on, get the Acer logo then 'No signal' dancing around. So it works on some level! Plug it in with DVI to DVI, no signal. Hmm. Take it and try connecting it to a laptop with DVI-HDMI cable, success! Monitor does in fact work.
Back into my room. Unplug my HDMI monitor and plug in the monitor to my computer using DVI-HDMI cable (DVI+VGA monitor, HDMI video card slot). It works! Gasp! Either the cable or the DVI slot on my video card is the problem! Except...
I bring up screen resolution to fiddle with. Change settings, from 1680x1050 down to 1440x900. It adjusts. As I click confirm changes, it blanks out. No signal, like it did with the DVI-DVI cable. Now functions exactly the same with that cable as it did with the other, i.e. not at all.
So now I'm back on the tiny HDMI TV that I use as a secondary monitor. Trying to figure out what my next step should be to get this thing working. The trouble monitor has DVI and VGA outputs. My video card has DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort slots. The DVI slot worked fine with another DVI monitor (the one that died during the move) long after this problem started with this particular monitor.
Thoughts? More information that would help? Etc? I'm thinking I might try the VGA output and use a converter to connect it and see how that goes, but I'm not sure whether converting to use the DisplayPort or DVI input on my card would be smarter.