Monitors wont load

January 17, 2011 at 00:46:36
Specs: Windows XP
I have a complicated problem I'll try to explain as clearly as possible. Hope someone can help. I have two computer, one was working fine. I wasn't sure of the specs of the other so I plugged that one it, it loaded and all seemed well. Suddenly everything froze, I couldn't get out of anything, I waited about 5 mins for it to right itself, when it didn't I manually turned it off. When I turned it back on the screen loaded but there were vertical lines and it froze on the first loading screen. Again I manually turned it off. Now the computer loads (it does beep so I'm pretty sure it is loading) but the screen wont load (I've checked all cables, they're firmly in place, I've also tried spare cables and they don't work either). I also tried a spare monitor and again the computer loads but the screen doesn't it says "please check signal"
The funny thing is, I plugged my other computer back in (the one that worked) and now the screen wont load on that one either. Again, I've tried different cables and the spare monitor and still it wont load.
Does anyone have any idea whats going on with my system? Can anyone help please?

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January 17, 2011 at 05:37:09
You have two separate machines and likely two separate problems.

Since you have not given us the specifications of either machine we are guessing but I suspect that your original PC has both an onboard graphics port and a plug-in card and when you re-connected your monitor you accidentally connected to the onboard port. You do not get a signal error message because the port is electrically in circuit but no signal is being sent there. The graphics signal defaults to the plug-in graphics card.

Now the unknown PC that developed the graphics problem after you started it up.
Does it have onboard graphics or a plug-in card? If the former, I suspect the motherboard has failed. If the latter then I suspect the card has failed.

You need to separate your two problems and work on resolving them one at a time.
Please provide a detailed description of each system.

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