Dead Monitor. GFX Card too?

Asus P5k-e motherboard
April 10, 2010 at 01:09:49
Specs: Window XP SP2, Intel Q6600 @ 2.40GH

I'm really not sure what could have happened recently, maybe a power surge? I made a recent post about a problem with my computer, which turned out to be the PSU (thanks to those who helped). I got a new PSU and the computer boots up fine now, except for the fact that there is no display. I have a Samsung SyncMaster 245BW 24" and a GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card. A couple days ago the PSU died (as well as my XBox) and it also appears that my monitor was fried as well. I've tested it by plugging it into my laptop, and I don't get anything, so I've concluded that it is pretty much dead.

Here is the thing though. The blue LED on switch still works. I don't have a second DVI monitor, and it will take me a couple days to get one I can test with. I am worried right now that it might be my graphics card as well, but I am not sure.

When my monitor was working, if nothing was plugged into it the blue LED light would blink on and off. As soon as it was plugged into a video card and the computer was turned on, the LED would become solid. Now with the broken one, it still does that, just nothing comes up on the screen, ever. So my question is this: Does this behavior suggest that my graphics card is still working, and it is just my monitor that has carked it? Or does it tell me nothing. My theory is that if the card were broken, the monitor LED wouldn't see it and thus still blink on then off.

Thanks for the help.


EDIT: Thought I should add that the fan on the graphics card spins up fine when the computer is turned on. Also that I know the computer is working, because if I let it boot, I can type in my windows login and still hear the windows Chyme as it logs me in.

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April 10, 2010 at 04:50:10
if a gfx card ios dead u prob would see that on any monitor with crashes and lags and freezes not to mention the BSOD
but u said that ur fan spins and u hear the log in sound
so its not ur gfx card as far as i know

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April 10, 2010 at 06:59:53
Maybe I'm misinterpretting what you wrote but are you saying that you fried the original PSU, bought a another, used that one for a while, fried that one, & are now on your 3rd? Are you buying $25 generic cheapies or aren't you using a surge protector?

"I've tested it by plugging it into my laptop, and I don't get anything"

Did you reconfigure the laptop to send the signal to the monitor?

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April 10, 2010 at 19:04:12
Jam: The new PSU is fine. I said I had a busted one, replaced it, and now it is working. The MONITOR is not working now.
Yes I reconfigured it to display on the monitor. In addition the monitor SHOULD be displaying an OSD (On Screen Display) which should let me run tests etc when it isn't plugged into a computer, but this isn't visible.

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