Monitors flickering and “Input Signal Out of Range"

bdcs64

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May 6, 2016
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Hello!

I have a Mac Mini (late 2012) 2.3 GHz Intel core i7 running up-to-date El Capitan, with two HP 2071d monitors.

These monitors have DVI connections. One is connected with Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, and the other with HDMI to DVI Adapter (that came with the Mac Mini).

All has been well for a year until this week. Both monitors have:

1) intermittently started flickering garbled images
2) intermittently flickering to black or white noise
3) intermittently flickering to white noise
4) displaying screen message “Input Signal Out of Range. Change Settings to 1600x900 – 60Hz”.

How bad this problem is will come and go, but is rather persisting now.

After researching, I have tried booting into Safe Mode, however the problem persists.

I read that putting the computer to sleep, and then waking up could resolve this… it worked a
couple of times, but issue soon returned.

I have tried resetting VRAM/PRAM and SMC multiple times.

I have doubled checked all the connections.

Under System Preferences > Displays (when image is stable long enough for me to see it) all seems to be OK. Under the Display tab “Default for display” is selected. Under Color tab there are three HP2071d listed (with one selected) in Display Profiles window. I have tied selecting one of other “HP2071d” listed without any noticeable change.

I also reset both monitors to factory settings via the monitors’ on screen menu.

I also came upon this Mac mini EFI Firmware Update 1.7 for flickering on Late 2012 Mac Minis but when I tried to run it I got “this software is not supported on your system”. Ugh. Turns out my Mac Mini is already updated to MM61.0106.B0A (2015-002)

My System Information>Hardware>Graphic/Display info is:

Intel HD Graphics 4000:
Chipset Model: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Type: GPU
Bus: Built-In
VRAM (Dynamic, Max): 1536 MB
Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
Device ID: 0x0166
Revision ID: 0x0009
Displays:

HP W2071d:
Resolution: 1600 x 900 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Display Serial Number: 6CM3171PFF
Mirror: On
Mirror Status: Hardware Mirror
Online: Yes
Rotation: Supported

HP W2071d:
Resolution: 1600 x 900 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Display Serial Number: 6CM3170P31
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: On
Mirror Status: Master Mirror
Online: Yes
Rotation: Supported


I am out of ideas of what else to check/try.

Cheers for any assistance anyone can provide.
 

jpietrzak8

macrumors 65816
Feb 16, 2010
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Dayton, Ohio
All has been well for a year until this week. Both monitors have:

1) intermittently started flickering garbled images
2) intermittently flickering to black or white noise
3) intermittently flickering to white noise
4) displaying screen message “Input Signal Out of Range. Change Settings to 1600x900 – 60Hz”.
Wow. Having two independent displays showing the same error message at the same time seems to point fairly conclusively towards the failure being on the Mac. It is possible, I suppose, that OS X has the wrong info for this particular model of monitor, so you might try testing with a different model or brand (if you have one handy); but I suspect this may be a fault somewhere in the Mini's video hardware... :(
 

Fishrrman

macrumors P6
Feb 20, 2009
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OP wrote:
"These monitors have DVI connections."

Question:
Do they have any OTHER kind of inputs, as well?