No Video Imput

Emachines T5048 desktop
January 9, 2010 at 13:11:40
Specs: Windows Vista
CPU came with XP media center edition, but was upgraded to Vista a while back. It came with 512 ram, and I added 1 gig, total of 1.5. All of this was done a while back, and computer has worked normally for quite some time. All of a sudden I am getting a no video imput message on the monitor. The CPU starts normally, lights up and the fan runs, but nothing else. I don't want to spend a fortune on this old computer. Can I buy a new video card that will be recognized without me having to make prior settings as this is not possible. If so, any recommendations? The cheaper, the better.

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January 9, 2010 at 13:25:26
I'd be looking at the powersupply first before the graphics card.

Spinning fans etc is not a guarantee that the PSU hasn't had a partial failure and Emachines are notorious for that.

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January 9, 2010 at 13:29:48
Thanks so much for the very quick response. Is this something I can troubleshoot myself, like putting in a new power suppy, or is this best left to the pros. BTW, currently there is no seperate video card, its all part of the motherboard.

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January 9, 2010 at 13:44:35
You can buy a power supply tester pretty cheap. Look to pick one up at a local big box store like Best Buy. Or online at If the machine doesn't even post, it's probably the PSU.

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January 9, 2010 at 14:00:35
Cheap testers are a waste of cash.

eMachines have power supply issues a lot.

Read the specs on the current power supply and post here. If you can't read them then remove from the tower. You don't need to disconnect the wiring right now but do unplug the computer.

You can probably get something as good as you have for $30/40 dollars.

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January 9, 2010 at 18:54:30
Thanks to all responders, will try your suggestions.

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