ACD problems showing video.

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  1. mediaboy macrumors member

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    When I leave my computer, I turn off the display and leave the CPU on. When I return a few hours later, I move the mouse/space bar and turn the power on the monitor. Sometimes the monitor light comes on, fades to black and no picture. I turn the monitor off and then back on again and the picture shows. There is no rhyme or reason, sometimes I have to turn off and on 3-4 times before the picture shows.

    Called Apple, they made me run through steps, but they have no idea what is wrong.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    Its difficult to say because I don't own an ACD, but an easy way to get rid of this problem would be set the monitor to sleep after x minutes.

    OS X:
    System Preferences > Energy Saver > and its the bottom slider.

    Sorry if you already know about all that. Good luck.
     
  3. heehee macrumors 68020

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  4. mediaboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Update

    I can turn it off and on, sometimes the light comes on but shows no video and I have to "turn off and on" a few times.

    I called Apple, they made me clear my ram and change some other settings. It didnt work.

    One additional detail. This morning, I turn my monitor on and the light came on, faded off and then pulsed 3 times. Not sure if that helps.
     
  5. heehee macrumors 68020

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    Oh, I didn't know you can turn off your display, I thought that was to put the computer to sleep, and I have an ACD. :D

    Why dont' you just set it so your monitor goes to sleep when you dont use it for a set amount of time. That way, you dont have to turn on/off your display and your computer will still be on. :)
     
  6. mediaboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, since it is only 4 months old, its a bit annoying. I got Apple care as well.

    I figured out what is wrong. I notice this time the 3 light pulses from the power led. Come to find out:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88366

    My light pulses are in the last category. I am on the phone, lets see what they say.
     
  7. mediaboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Apple Care

    Well, they told me that even though my light pulse pattern said one thing that it was probably wrong, so they sent me a power brick and told me it should fix it.

    Wrong.

    Now I need to figure out what I am going to do without a monitor for a week. Crap.
     
  8. motomullet macrumors member

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    Its under the display settings, you can choose to shut off / sleep the computer or just turn off the display.
     

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