The World Thru My Eyes - I speak my mind and man does it like to talk.
Published on September 20, 2011 By CharlesCS In Personal Computing

Ok so I kinda noticed that every so often the monitor on my job PC (and that of several other co-workers) tends to flash a few times several times a day as if someone was take a picture of my screen. Now I know there is software that can take pictures of your desktop but I doubt it would be as obvious as to have a flash-like feature. I doubt this company would want to make it so obvious they are taking snapshots at our desktops and why so often anyways? Not to mention, the amount of people working here, I doubt they have the man power to review these images.

Anyways, could anyone give an idea of what this might be? Could it be software for taking snapshots of our desktop or perhaps video driver issues (with several PCs here) or something else? thanks.


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on Sep 20, 2011

Security app you all use and is it in a browser window?

on Sep 20, 2011

Mine does it too sometimes, goes black like it loses signal and then comes right back on, mostly in XP and on my home PC.  Probably something to do with my nVidia video card drivers (even though they are always kept current).  Although somewhat inconvenient at times, I don't worry about it.

on Sep 20, 2011

Wild guess: Are all the effected PC's on the same UPS, surge protector or AC supply line/breaker?

 If so, have an electrician check your  buildings electrical system out or at least the supply to the rigs in question.

Wild guess number two:  Do you or the others have unshielded speakers near the monitors?

on Sep 20, 2011

Flash how?

If like Lightstar described, that has usually meant very bad things in terms of the video card in my experience.

@Lightstar: You might want to check your video card and see if it's overheating.

 

on Sep 20, 2011

Nope, not overheating Kitkun, both cards running at around 99 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or less at times.  Even when my son plays an intensive game the primary video card only goes up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

on Sep 20, 2011

Cool new avatar Wiz

on Sep 21, 2011

yrag: Not in browser. The PC screen just flashes as if the video drivers were going crazy. I guess the best way to describe it is it looks like someone taking a picture of my screen from the inside.

 

Lightstar: minde doesn't go black, it just flickers, flashes.

 

Wizard: not sure about a UPS, I don't have one on my PC as it's connected to the plugs built in to my cubicle where there are 6 PCs connected but doesn't mean there isn't one for my row. It's possible, however I have seen individual UPS's in some cubicles around me. No speakers on my desktop, only headphones and the speaker built into the PC case. It's a Dell PC with XP.

 

Kitkun: Flash, like a picture flash. Or flicker.

 

Uvah: I guess it is a cool avatar, can't see the whole thing though thanks to JU's style of showing enlarged versions in the comments where you can only see a piece of it.

on Sep 21, 2011

every so often the monitor on my job PC (and that of several other co-workers) tends to flash a few times several times a day

Your building's power supply.

on Sep 21, 2011

You building's
Wizard1956
your buildings

I said the same thing but used one more  r and one less ' .

It could be lots of things, including EMF, stray RF, line noise, even a microwave heating up a pizza nearby. 

CharlesCS, are all the affected PC's in your cubicle group?

on Sep 21, 2011

Your building's power supply.

 

I agree....

In a browser window, Flash can cause it and some Security add-ons flash on an app initiation. A 'bunch' doing it isn't anything inherent to any software/ hardware issue as it relates to the machines.

I would have someone check it out..... you, in all likelihood, have an overload somewhere caused by something turning on periodically. Computers don't do well under those circumstances.

 

....... it certainly isn't Big Brother.

 

Your building's power supply.

I agree....

 

OMG that hurt........................

on Sep 21, 2011

Quoting Jafo, reply 8Your building's power supply.
I agree....

Until now, I've never felt a need to copy, print and frame a forum reply.

on Sep 21, 2011

Wizard1956
Until now, I've never felt a need to copy, print and frame a forum reply.

I edited it......all better now???

 

......... try it..... even at your age, it'll make you feel warm and fuzzy.

 

 

on Sep 21, 2011

I'm not sure what you edited. I was referring to the fact that you and Jafo agreed on something.

 As for feeling warm and fuzzy, we have threee cats for that, all warm and all fuzzy.

on Sep 21, 2011

Wizard1956
I'm not sure what you edited. I was referring to the fact that you and Jafo agreed on something.

 

I edited it to separate quotes so you old fuckers wouldn't get confused..... 

 

Wizard1956
you and Jafo agreed on something

 

yeah....that's the part that made my dick hurt........

on Sep 21, 2011

Wizard1956
I said the same thing

 

 

BTW Dumbass: We saw your reference in  # 3. Unfortunately, both Jafo and I are incapable of reading anything misspelled........

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