No Video on 2 different Dektops

May 11, 2013 at 07:37:29
Specs: Windows XP, A8-5600K / 16GB RAM
I must be cursed this morning. I have a friend who's old Dell died yesterday. He desperately needs the data off it, but the Drives are IDE drives. I have two old Win XP machines in the house that have Motherboards capable of doing this. So I grabbed one, hooked it up and NO VIDEO. Just sits there. So I try the other. NO VIDEO. I changed the VGA Cable. NOPE. I changed to my Main TV, NOPE. Tried another monitor. NO. I am about to go crazy!! What am I doing wrong??

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#1
May 11, 2013 at 07:59:55
We can't help if you don't provide any system specs or any details about what's happening.

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#2
May 11, 2013 at 09:07:08
You should still get video regardless of the hard disk - a BIOS screen at least. Video is not dependant on the hard disk.

Having said that, unless you XP machines are Dell identical to your friends, you are not going to boot from his hard disks in your machines

So I would take the hard disks out and get the Video sorted first. Get your machine running with your hard disk then install your friends had disk as a secondary drive.

Stuart


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#3
May 11, 2013 at 12:07:01
Sorry for not being clear Stuart. I am just slaving these IDE HDD's to the system. Not hooking them up as primary. And when I didnt even get POST, I took them out and just tried to boot each machine as stock, nothing added, and no video. Grr.

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#4
May 11, 2013 at 13:07:16
In that case start checking you haven't dislodged something when fitting the hard disk. It is very easy to loosen a video card or power cable when messing about inside. Reseat memory and press everything that can be pressed.

You should at least get some beeps to indicate a fault.

Stuart


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#5
May 11, 2013 at 17:08:55
Another thing, make sure the power cord is disconnected when you're fiddling around inside the case. Most power supplies will provide a small charge to the motherboard even when the PC is off. Possible hardware damage can occur if you're connecting or disconnecting things with the cord still attached.

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