How do I boot computer?

October 18, 2010 at 15:53:48
Specs: Windows XP, 1.0Gb
I have a Dell Dimension 8300. I do not get anything in the monitor but the lights on the computer go on. I tried the monitor with anyother computer and it worked correctly. I am trying to boot the computer so I can check the hard drive.

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October 18, 2010 at 18:34:07
lack of display on the monitor can be caused by a number of different problems and it is a process of elimination to work out which component might be at fault.

Do you have onboard graphics or a plug-in graphics card?
Do you get any POST beeps when trying to start up?
Remove all ram then try to start up. Any beeps? This test at least will tell you whether the CPU is working.
Your powersupply may be faulty. Lights on are no guarantee the powersupply is fully functional.

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October 21, 2010 at 19:03:10
Dear Richard59,

Thanks for your suggestions. The computer has an onboard graphics card. I didn't hear any POST beeps. The power supply seems to be ok.

It appears as if the computer is running but I don't see anything on the monitor. Can I use a plug-in monitor card eventhough the computer has an onboard one?

Thanks again.
Brian W

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October 21, 2010 at 20:07:40
You can try a graphics card but there may be a bios setting that needs adjustment before the card will work. Catch 22. If bios needs to be reset to enable the plug-in card you cannot see BIOS settings using the onboard so you cannot make the change. You won't know until you plug in and try.

Please note I had to edit my previous post. Your powersupply may not be fully functional. If you have access to another known good powersupply try it first.

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October 26, 2010 at 14:03:09

Thank you for your assistance; it was a bad video card.

Brian W

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