Monitor not showing anything

Ibuypower / Gamer power 516
March 18, 2009 at 12:58:09
Specs: Windows Vista, 4
Hey guys I just got a new computer. It is the iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 516. I plugged everything in and turned it on but no luck the monitor doesn't show anything. I turn it on and nothing shows. I can't get online. I try plugging it in in different spots but it doesn't work. Please help me!

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#1
March 18, 2009 at 14:10:55
My specs are 4GB Ram, NVIDIA 9600 GT, AMD Athlon X2 7750(2.7GHz), 750 GB hard drive, and a 600W power supply

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#2
March 18, 2009 at 14:18:32
You have not supplied enough information.

You have not said whether the computer runs.
If the computer does nothing at all......

Was the computer working fine until you attempted to flash the bios?

Was the computer working fine until you used some settings in the bios Setup to overclock it?
If so, remove the mboard battery for a few minutes with the AC power to the case removed or switched off, then replace the battery. You will need to set the date and time in the bios.

- did you change which ram was installed in the mboard yourself?? If you did, it has to be compatible with the mboard, and/or the memory controller in the cpu. In the worst cases of ram incompatibilty, your computer WILL NOT BOOT with that ram installed.

It is easy to test for whether incompatible ram has caused your mboard to fail to boot, or it's caused by another problem.

Make sure you have a speaker or speakers or the equivalent connected to the mboard so you can hear mboard beeps (see your mboard manual if you need to).
Remove the AC power to the case/power supply.
Remove all the ram.
Restore AC power.
Try to boot.
If nothing else is wrong, you will get no video but you will hear a pattern of beeps that indicate no ram is installed, or a ram problem.
E.g. for an Award bios or a bios based on one, that's often a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously.

- make sure you have it plugged into a working AC outlet
- if you're in Europe or the UK, there may be a fuse in the cord - if there is check the fuse in the cord to the power supply to see if it's loose or blown
- if it still does nothing at all, if you did NOT attempt to flash the bios and did NOT attempt to overclock it and did NOT open up the case to do anything, it's probably defective - take it back to where you got it and get another one.
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If the computer seems to be booting okay but you are getting no video at any time on the monitor, even while booting before Windows loads,
- try the monitor with another computer
- if you are using a VGA connected monitor , some DVI ports on recent mboards will NOT work with a DVI to VGA adapter.
- If you are using a DVI connected monitor, there is no adapter that can be used with a VGA monitor port - there are not enough connections in the VGA port circuits to makle a DVI monitor work.
- if the motherboard has both (a) monitor port(s) for onboard video and (a) monitor port(s) on a video card in a slot space, in almost all cases, the onboard video and it's monitor port(s) is(are) disabled when a video card is installed in a slot and you will get no video at any time if you connect a monitor to the disabled port(s).
- in some cases, if the mboard or the video card in a slot has two monitor ports, you must connect it to the card's primary port - if you get no video from one port, try the other one.
DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor while the computer is running!
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If the computer seems to be booting okay, it has video before Windows is supposed to load, but then it has no video......

- in some cases, if the mboard or the video card in a slot has two monitor ports, you must connect it to the card's primary port - if you get no video from one port, try the other one.DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor while the computer is running!

- sometimes the specific video drivers don't detect the monitor properly, especially if the monitor wasnot on for at leat a few seconds before you booted the computer and sometimes you get no video at all in Windows in that case.

That's easy to fix.

These directions are for XP or 2000 but the following shiould be the same in Vista asfarasI know.

If you have any bootable CDs or DVS in drives, remove them.

Press F8 repeatedly, don't hold down the key, while booting the computer, starting right after the mboard beeps once, or right after the monitor led turns green while rebooting.

Choose Enable VGA mode from the boot choices menu.
That mode loads everything normally except it forces Windows to use default VGA video drivers that all video supports instead of the specific video drivers.

When the desktop has loaded, RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen, choose Properties.
That goes to Display Properties.
Click on Settings, the Advanced button, Monitor.
Change the monitor drivers to Plug and Play Monitor, or load the specific drivers for the monitor from the CD that came with the monitor, or load the drivers from a drivers download you got from the web for the model .
Save settings, Restart Windows normally.

You should have video in Windows.

If you don't, if the video has two monitor ports, try the monitor in the other port after having shut off the computer.
DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor while the computer is running!


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#3
March 18, 2009 at 14:27:39
The computer runs and everything I see the fans spinning the LEDs are on but its just the no video problem. I plugged it into all of the video card slots then the onboard slots but still no video.

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#4
March 18, 2009 at 15:43:04
Check out the stuff / try the stuff in response 1 and comment on everything I have suggested that may apply.
Copy and paste my text to a post if you don't want to do a lot of typing.
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I was looking at AM2 and AM2+ mboards a couple months ago. From that I know some of those mboard's onboard video DVI monitor ports will not work with a DVI to VGA adapter for a VGA connected monitor, at least, some of the AM2+ mboards won't.

If this system was shipped to you, who knows what physical trauma it has been subjected to. Something may have been loosened.
Take a look at the case cover near the back left corner as seen from the front of the case to see if there is a seal or sticker there that would be broken or damaged (you often can't peel them off either without that being obvious) if you took off the cover on the left side.
If there is, contact the seller and ask them what you should do - you may have to return it to them without having opened up thecase in order for the warranty to still be valid.

If there isn't a seal or sticker that would be broken or damaged if you removed the left side.........
- unplug the case/power supply
- switch off your monitor.
- remove the cover on the left side as seen from the front of the case.
Check all the connections of the wiring to make sure they are all the way onto their pins and into their sockets, especially the main connector from the power supply. The wires close to the mboard going into the main connector/socket should be more or less perpendicular to the mboard surface rather than at an angle.
Make sure all cards in slots are all the way down in their slots, especially the video card.
See response 2 in this - make sure the ram modules are properly seated:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

Restore the power to the computer and try it.

If you still get no video, you have tried everything I have suggested that seems to apply, and you had not fiddled with anything inside the case before you first got no video, and the monitor works with another computer, contact the seller and arrange for an RMA (Return of Merchandise Authourization) so you can it ship it back and have it replaced.
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If you do replace the system, if there isn't a seal or sticker that would be broken or damaged if you removed the left side, do the same things as above BEFORE you plug in and try the computer for the first time!


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