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Windows ME problem: computer tower not regeristering on monitor

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by bill o reilly, Feb 13, 2007.

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  1. bill o reilly

    bill o reilly Thread Starter

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    I recently took in my mom's old computer (2001 Gateway, w/ AMD Atholon processor). The problem is that the tower is not connecting with my monitor. The Monitor cable is in tact, and i am getting power to both the monitor and tower, but the monitor only brings up the Monitor Self Test.

    My question is this, Does anyone have any idea what would be damaged on the computer assuming that it was previously infected?

    My first though was that the harddrive is crashed, and maybe i need a new video card. My goal is to fix this computer than run Linux on it. Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. awergh

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    does the monitor work on another computer?
    if so than it may be the video card
    make sure the video card is inserted properly
     
  3. bill o reilly

    bill o reilly Thread Starter

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    Yes, it was a video card problem, it took a little Nintendo experience to get it running.

    Now the problem is reformatting the partition so that i can re-install an operating system.

    The computer has 120M of RAM, 80G hard drive, and an AMD Athalon Processor. I am thinking of upgrading the RAM, so that i can upgrade the Operating System to either XP or Linux.

    The first question would be: what steps do i take to reformat the existing partition?

    2.) What recommendations would you have for upgrading the RAM, and what would be the max of RAM i could upgrade to?
     
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