No Image with Computer.

June 28, 2010 at 08:39:54
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB
So I don't know much about computers to be honest,
and I've tried looking through similar posts but nothing
helpful turned up, or if it did, I didn't understand it - I
have two computers, an old crappy one which I'm
currently using and an Advent Centurion [the broken
computer in question] I plugged in the Advent today
and the monitor is not working at all, doesn't register
that it's plugged in, I tried with different cables, and
different monitors, nothing. The monitor works fine with
the computer I'm using at the moment, but this is the
old one and obviously I want the new one to work-
otherwise I've wasted a whole lot of cash, I really don't
want to have to spend more money but I don't know
what to do, any help appreciated, and please keep it
as simple as possible, I'm kinda a layman. :D

Also, I was recently asked if I use an integrated
graphics card or not, not really sure how to find that out or whatnot, so i just went back to the PC World
website where I bought it and had a look, apparently it
has a 'ATI Radeon HD 4650' no idea what that means
though...?


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#1
June 28, 2010 at 08:52:34
The problem obviously isn't with the monitor, it's with the Advent computer. When you attempt to boot it up, do you hear any beeps? A single beep means "all is well", any other beep combination means there's a hardware problem, but no beeps at all usually means a major malfunction.

What I don't understand is this statement..."I plugged in the Advent today". Why was it unplugged? It makes me wonder if you moved the tower. If you did, something may have gotten knocked loose inside the case.


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#2
June 28, 2010 at 08:58:42
Yeah I figured it was probably the computer, only reason I
thought maybe the monitor was the issue is because it's an
old monitor and is temperamental a lot of the time, but it's
working fine, I using it with the old computer which I'm using
right now.

Speakers where plugged in and it made all the usual sounds,
and yes, I did move it, we've moved house this week, which
is why I was plugging it all back in, but I made sure not to
knock it or anything- it's still fairly new and was expensive so
I made extra sure to keep it out of harms way and carry it
carefully and what not.

Edit- if it was just that it was knocked around would that mean I could just like, open it up and check it's all in place and then it would work again, seems like that would be kinda good news? Anything that saves me having to buy something new or take it to a professional would be awesome, really don't have any spare cash right now to be fixing things.


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#3
June 28, 2010 at 08:59:20
hd 4650 is a video card not intergrated. Do u hear any beeps or fans spinning when u start the system?

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#4
June 28, 2010 at 09:03:16
Yep, when it turns on I hear one beep, just like always, and you
can hear the fans going as well - still sounds exactly like it
always does when it boots up.

Also, is not integrated a good thing?


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#5
June 28, 2010 at 09:08:32
something is loose, and i suspect v-card, try to re-install it. Yes video card is better than intergrated (igp).

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#6
June 28, 2010 at 09:13:18
So if I just open up the computer and put the video card in
properly it should be fine? Awesome, thanks, I'll try it now :D

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#7
June 28, 2010 at 09:21:11
OK, so I went on youtube to watch a video about how to install
graphics cards and stuff, looks kinda simple, only, my
computer didn't come with a CD or anything for the Graphics
Card, so how do I reinstall the drivers? Or do I only have to take
it out and put it back in again to make sure it's all fully
connected? I've never had anything to do with the inside of a
computer, so I don't have a clue what to do... Sorry, I know this
is all really basic stuff I should probably know... ^^'

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#8
June 28, 2010 at 09:53:32
u need to reinstall the video card itself. Make sure to unplug the power cord 1st the open side door of pc case locate v-card re-install it, make sure other components are seated fine.
If u need to update v-card driver later, the driver can be found from ATi website.

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#9
June 28, 2010 at 10:04:33
So no need to worry about CD's and all that shizz? Awesome,
thank you for the help- the online video's and forums I found
where kinda helpful, but i didn't understand half of what they
said, so I really appreciate it :D

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#10
June 28, 2010 at 11:46:58
If the video card was loose, the tower would be beeping like mad. Since you're getting the single beep at startup, the video card is probably OK. You *may* have the monitor connected to the wrong port....make sure it's connected to the card, not to the integrated port (if you have it as an option). Also, make sure you have the mouse & keyboard plugged in correctly.

EDIT: I checked the PC World site & they give the basic specs for the Centurion but there's no listing for the motherboard. Many builders use boards that have integrated graphics but disable it & install a card instead. Make sure the monitor is connected in the slot area, not in the area where the rest of the ports are (sound, network, USB, etc). The following pic shows the monitor cable connected to a video card in the slot area:

http://cdnsupport.gateway.com/s/mot...


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#11
June 28, 2010 at 12:25:59
Well, I reinstalled the video card and it appears to be working now.
It does have two ports on the back, I assume one of them is the integrated one? But I've always used the same one, which is the lower one on the card.

I don't know if it was the card or not, but I took the side off and took out the card and put it back in, whatever happened, it works now.

Thanks for the help :D


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