troubleshooting Question

Having Problems with Communication between Computer and Monitor

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I have a Gateway GM5626 desktop computer running Microsoft Vista Home Edition and it is connected to an Acer flat screen monitor.  I have had this system for approximately two years.  The system has run without problems for most of the time I have owned it.  Recently, the CPU has intermittently had problems communicating with the monitor on start-up.  At start-up, sometimes they communicate and sometimes they don't.  When they don't communicate,  the computer seems to boot up, but nothing is viewable on the monitor.  I have checked all of the cable connections and they appear to be fine.  In the past when I have run into the communication problem, I have been successful resolving the issue by manually shutting down the computer and restarting it...and the monitor will then usually work on the second or third boot-up attempt.  However, today, I have attempted to boot up the computer 10 or more times with no luck in getting it to communicate with the monitor.  Does this sound like a driver issue or something else?  How should I troubleshoot this?  I have though about plugging another monitor in and seeing if it works but I really don't think the monitor is the problem.  Thanks.
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