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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 7:14 am:   

Don't know anything about computers my computer monitor went black. Now when I start up all that happens is the light on the tower and keyboard flash and go off, can't open cd drawer the monitor comes on and just says no signal and no input. can anyone help thanks Dennis
V (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 7:41 am:   

Make sure the cord is in snuggly at the back of the monitor and where it connects to the video card.
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 8:09 pm:   

Done that thanks for the info.
V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 3:10 pm:   

If you have the resources:

1. Try the monitor on another pc. If it works, suspect a bad video card in your pc.


2. Try another monitor on your pc. If it works suspect your monitor.
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 9:38 pm:   

The monitor is good have tried it on another pc. Will a bad video card not send power to the tower or keyboard.When I first turn it on the light flashes on the tower and the keyboard then they go out. Can't get the cd drawer to open I push the button nothing happens like its lacking power somwhere.
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2002 - 6:57 am:   

When you don't have the test equipment,then it's the process of elimination. Can you get your hands on another video card to try on your board or try your video card in another pc?
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2002 - 8:02 am:   

I have had the back off and it looks like the video is built into the motherboard. Im not completely pc stupid just close. I went out and bought another tower I'm just tinkering with this one to see if anything can be done it was only 13 months old when it went; just a month past the warranty. that's what t's me off. Any futher assistance would be greatly appreciated, Tanks Dennis
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2002 - 7:17 pm:   

Do you have the manual for the motherboard? If not find out the manufacturer and model.(time for investigation) Find out if there are jumpers on the board to disable the onboard video. Sometimes the jumpers are labled. With some boards the option to disable is in the BIOS. On one of my older boards the only way I can override the onboard video is to disable it in device manager, to use an add in PCI video card with more memory. You could try another video card in there, even if it's an old ISA video card.
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2002 - 7:20 am:   

If you can't borrow a video card to try you could tell the store you think your video card is bad and ask about their return policy in case the diagnose is wrong.

You could get a decent (if your not into heavy gaming) card for less than $50.

Most have a 15 - 30 day over the counter with possibly a small restocking fee.

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