How Do I Troubleshoot the Dell E173FP Monitor?

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How Do I Troubleshoot the Dell E173FP Monitor?
Check your monitor connection carefully. (Monitor image by Caila from

If you own a Dell E173FP monitor, it is a good idea to have some basic troubleshooting skills under your belt. While these monitors are generally quite reliable, they do suffer from problems from time to time. Knowing how to recognise those problems and resolve them will help you get your Dell monitor, and the computer to which it is attached, back in service quickly.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Small flat head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Shut down your computer and monitor. Remove the monitor cable from the back of the computer and then turn on the monitor. The Dell self-test window should appear on the monitor and the green power LED should remain illuminated.

  2. 2

    Reconnect the monitor cable, making sure the thumbscrews are tight. Plug the computer back in and press the power button.

  3. 3

    Check the tightness of the monitor cable on the monitor end. If the cable on the E173FP is loose it will not get a good signal from the computer.

  4. 4

    Remove the monitor connector from the back of the computer and check for bent or broken pins. Use a small flat head screwdriver to bend the pin back in place. If a pin is broken you will need to order a replacement monitor cable.

  5. 5

    Press the "Brightness" button on the front of the monitor to increase the brightness if the monitor is on but appears too dim. Press the "Auto Adjust" button if the display is blurry, jittery or shaky.

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