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Monitor/Graphics card woes?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GCastanon, Sep 24, 2004.

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  1. GCastanon

    GCastanon Thread Starter

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    Problem: I turn on my computer, the monitor stays black. It goes into the same mode that it's in when my computer is off...a standby of sorts. It's not getting No Signal - it goes into No Signal mode, with the lovely flashing icon if I unplug the cable from the monitor.

    I've opened up the case - the graphics card fan is still working...nothing in particular I did to break it...I left the room, it presumably went to sleep, and it hasn't woken up. I've swapped in another monitor, it gets the same problem. All cables are secure, and everything has power.

    Here are the specs:

    Windows XP Pro
    AMD Athlon 3200+
    1024 Megs DDR
    Asus k8 SEV deluxe motherboard
    Zalman CNPS 7000 A CPU cooler
    ATI Radeon 9800Pro

    Any help that you all could provide would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.

    -Greg (I'll be checking these forums religiously...if you need more info, or questions answered, ask. 3 different monitors (2 LCDs, 1 CRT) have given the same results, so I don't think it's the monitor).
     
  2. n2gun

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    You can eliminate the monitor. Try reseating the video card. Are you getting an beeps at all??
     
  3. GCastanon

    GCastanon Thread Starter

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    Explain what you mean by eliminating the monitor? I tried reseating the graphics card - no effect.

    As for beeps...no, when I start up, I get no beeps. This is not, however, abnormal - I never get beeps when starting up.

    Any ideas?

    -Greg
     
  4. norton850

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    What he means is that you have already done the testing to eliminate the monitor as the problem. Do you have another video card you can try in your system? At this point you have to try eliminating items one by one. After the video card RAM might be next. If you have two separate sticks you can try one at a time.
     
  5. norton850

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    Sorry I meant to include this. As you said you might not get any beeps with the ASUS board.
     
  6. GCastanon

    GCastanon Thread Starter

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    Ok. Swapped out graphics cards - it's the graphic's card's fault. That said, I've taken out the card, and I can't seem to find any faults with it (nothing obvious broken)...any way to fix it?

    -Greg
     
  7. GCastanon

    GCastanon Thread Starter

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    Hrm. Possible problem: Thermal Paste from fan installation on the video card CPU, a bit. Is this a problem? Is there a safe way to take it off, if there is?

    Thanks.

    -Greg
     
  8. n2gun

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    I doubt if you can do anything to save the video card. It is probably some component burnt out.
     
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