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  1. Aviem

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    A couple of nights ago I tried to turn on my comp and their was sound and everything, just no picture whatsoever. It's a SLI setup and I've tried starting it up with each card by itself. I've made sure that it's plugged into the monitor well, and used two different cables. My question is, Motherboard or Video Cards? I updated the drivers about a week before this happened, but would that keep anything at all from showing up (no start-up sequence even shows up)? I'm due for an upgrade anyway but you know how the prices are out there. Any help would be very appreciated! Thanks
     
  2. griffinspc

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    So it ran fine after the driver update for a week, right? Can you try another monitor?
     
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    PS: Welcome to the board.
     
  4. Aviem

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    Yes sir, to be really safe I can say I booted it up ateast twice after updating the drivers, and the computer was on for the remainder of each day. I gave away my other monitor, but I have my laptop hooked up to the same one that I've been attempting to use and it works fine. Thanks for the welcome :D
     
  5. griffinspc

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    So it seems you have a bad monitor not a mobo or vid card problem. can you test that monitor on another machine just to be sure?
     
  6. Aviem

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    It works with the laptop fine, but if you're talking about another desktop I can phone a friend and hook up to their computer tomorrow.
     
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    Maybe I misunderstood you when you said,
    I thought you meant you ported the display out to your laptop and it worked. I'm guessing that what you meant is that your monitor works when hooked to the laptop. If that's the case then you're done testing the monitor, it works.

    When you started it you said you heard sound and everything. Do you mean the normal boot process sounds, hard drive whirring, PSU fan noise, the right beeps, etc.?
     
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    No beep codes, you can even hear Windows boot up and it boots up just as fast as it always has, just no picture at all :confused:
     
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    Based on all I've read, I'm assuming you've tested both cards by themselves, tried both DVI/D-Sub ports, and nothing worked.

    Are the fans spinning on both the video cards?
    If they are, then try both cards separately on a different machine if possible.
    If they aren't, then obviously they're not getting any power, or it might have shorted.
     
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    The fans are spinning and the little green power light on each of them is on. Since griffinpc says its pointing to the monitor I'm going to either get a third cable or VGA to DVI and use one of my VGA cables to test the cable a third time since the monitor works.. but my laptop uses a VGA cable but not DVI. I've had cables bad in the past so I started thinking of the possibility that my "back-up" cable was a bad cable that ended up in my bag. I can't get the cable until Thursday.. but I'll be sure to let you guys know if that fixes it. I really do appreciate the help :)
     
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    Two bad cables in a roll, go figure, thats my luck. Thanks guys :) (y)
     
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