So last night I turned off my computer, and early this morning I turned it on. Amazing right? Well, I didn't think so either, except the computer didn't turn on correctly. Everything turned on, the monitor switched on, the mobo's LED_OK lights turned on, but the only thing that appeared on the screen was the bottom 1/16th of the screen would flash on for about 0.3 seconds every 3-5 seconds (years of gaming and video encoding have made my ability to judge tiny intervals of time exceptional ). I could tell that the computer was operating correctly because when I pressed F1 the intermittent portion of the screen turned blue (god bless the BIOS for using blue instead of black like POST does). Since I am a professional I wasn't particularly upset about the whole affair, and I got busy trying to fix it. So here's how it went down . . . 1) Seeing as how it was a display related problem I swapped the graphics card out with one that I know works. [Result: No change] 2) I moved the graphics card to the second PCI-E slot. [Result: No change] 3) I removed the graphics card and used onboard. [Result: No change] 4) I reset the CMOS. [Result: No change] 5) I pulled the battery and replaced it. [Result: No change] 6) I removed the memory and replaced it with a working stick from another system. [Result: No change] 7) I replaced the power supply with one that I know is working. [Result: No change] 8) I tested the monitor with a backup computer that hooked up to the monitors VGA port. [Confirmed: Monitor works (or does it? )] 9) I got a cup of coffee. [Result: No change, but I'm happier] 10) I replaced the computer with my backup workstation, which is a 2600K system and a huge step up from my actual workstation . Here's where it gets silly though . . . So when I connected my backup workstation and switched it on I got the exact same problem (bottom 1/16th flicker at 3-5 second intervals). That's when I breathed a sigh of relief because, quite frankly, a broken monitor is faster to replace than a broken mobo (but not cheaper), and time is money right now. Realizing that the HDMI port on the monitor was broken I tried to switch off my backup workstation so I could swap it for my primary workstation, but just as I pushed power the monitor suddenly started working. So why am I posting my saga? Several reasons. Firstly it's pretty funny and secondly, because I need something to do while I'm drinking my coffee. Thanks for reading!