New Builder, No Video on monitor...please help!!!

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i recently recieved an Emachine W2047 with the original motherboard with no components on it. I then purchased an ATI 9550 video card, a Power Man ATX power supply, a cd drive, a 512 mb memory stick and a 250 gb WD Caviar SE hard drive. Now to mine and a fellow computer builders knowledge everything is plugged in correctly and everything powers on. All fans spin even the one on the video card spins which means everything is getting power. hard drive works, cd drive works..but there is no video feed. Now my friend told me theres an onboard video card, but the monitor plug in for the mother board is all messed up and has been removed. I was told that i need to tell the motherboard to read from the other video card instead of the onboard one, but i dont know how to do that. Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated. thank you for your time
 
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xtheDAN said:
the monitor plug in for the mother board is all messed up and has been removed
THAT does not look good! :(
You need to get into BIOS to disable on-board graphics (but some mobo's automatically switch to the card if one's been added) - and, obviously you can't do that.
 
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If you received the machine with just the board and no other components, you MAY have received a machine with a blown motherboard. I feel sure the machine originally probably had a Bestec power supply, and they had a history of failing after a couple of years. When they failed, in most instances they also took out the motherboard.
 
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x: There are a few things you can do to pinpoint the problem.
First be sure the monitor works. Test it on another machine using the cord the may be suspect. Be sure there are no bent pins on the D sub connector that connects your monitor to the PC.
Use a different known good RAM stick.
If all this checks out, it is likely your mobo is shot.
Almost forgot--when you turn it on and it is running, is there any HDD activity i.e. is the HDD led light blinking?
 
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