Got a tower but having trouble hooking it up

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Tinker4fun

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I got a tower from a family member that passed away. (all i got was the tower) When i took it home and connected it to my monitor it said:

Error allocating mon bar for pci device
Attention: unsupported video connection detected

Action is Required

it has a VGA port and a DVI port my monitor only has a vga port

So my question is how (if its possible) can i get the tower to use the vga port and not the dvi port with out wiping the tower clean or do i just need to by an adapter?
 
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As soon as you turn it on, does it give you that message? Or do you see white writing? If you see the white writing, do you see something about "Hit F2 (or Del) to enter setup"? Inside the BIOS, you can change the video settings to specify what to use (DVI or VGA) as default. Most PCs should auto detect this, but you can try that first.

What do you mean by original port? Do you mean the round (PS/2) port? The new tower probably only has USB. You can either get an adapter that goes from PS/2 to USB or just buy a new USB keyboard at Wal-Mart for about the same price or maybe cheaper than the adapter.
 

Tinker4fun

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the message is in white writing and in the message it does not say anything about hit this key or that i know i had looked for it thats what threw me. i was reading up on the internet and it said if it had a dvi port that the vga port would automatically shut down but i have both ports on my original dell and i use the vga port. Ok thanks on the keyboard i was just trying to do the cheaper route. :)
 
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So it goes straight to the message as soon as it's turned on? Do you hear a "beep" when the PC is turned on?

It should auto detect either port. As soon as you turn it on, try hitting F2 and Del back and forth and see if you can get into the BIOS setup. If you can, you can try to change the monitor there. If not, ask some friends if you can take the PC to their house if they have one with DVI and see if you can get into the BIOS to change the default video source. It really should auto detect, but all PCs are different (even the same models :) ).
 

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Yes it does beep. So hit F2, Del, F2, Del? So even though it has both i should be able to use either one. Thanks sooo much for all your help!!!!!!!!!! Truly Appreciate it!!!!!!!!! :D
 
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