Solved PC does not detect the attached monitor

January 18, 2015 at 03:15:30
Specs: vista
I inherited a Dell Dimension 9200 from my son. I have connected a working Dell 2009Wt monitor, however, the PC does not detect the monitor. I have connected the monitor to the DVI-I socket on the PC graphics card (of which there is two) using a VGA cable from Monitor to DVI-I / VGA adapter attached to the graphics card on the PC. I would be grateful for some assistance to resolve this.

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January 19, 2015 at 09:37:57
This is the manual for that model: suggest you download and have a browse.

http://tinyurl.com/cozgoav

It does show a PCIe graphics card as standard; with vga and dvi - one of each.

Page 17 is the start of connecting monitors... Might be worth a look-see?

Page 62 is a brief (very) what to check if no display...

It "might" be worth powering down (and removing the power cord too) and then removing the graphics card. Clean its edge connector with a soft pencil type eraser; after-which wipe contacts clean with a soft/lintless cloth of some sort. Re-install card and then remove again. Then re-install, reconnect monitor, power up and so on, and see if that resolves the problem? It might simply be the card has dislodged slightly in transit (not often happens but has been known).



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January 18, 2015 at 05:40:27
Does it say "no signal" on the monitor? Maybe the adapter's the issue. The monitor has DVI-in, correct? Try a true DVI cable.

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January 18, 2015 at 10:48:32
The monitor has a DVI-D socket. (PC has DVI-I). I guess I need to get a DVI-D male to DVI-I female adapter + a DVI-I cable?

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January 18, 2015 at 10:50:41
Oh, and there is nothing appears on the monitor - it remains on standby (amber light) when switched on it says "autodetect"

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#4
January 18, 2015 at 19:07:29
The problem is likely with the computer and not the monitor. How sure are you the computer was working when you inherited it?

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January 19, 2015 at 04:42:16
To be honest, I'm not sure the computer was actually working! (I connected the monitor to a laptop which confirmed it was ok). I have managed to borrow a DVI-D cable which I will try later today, and feedback the result.

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January 19, 2015 at 09:37:57
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This is the manual for that model: suggest you download and have a browse.

http://tinyurl.com/cozgoav

It does show a PCIe graphics card as standard; with vga and dvi - one of each.

Page 17 is the start of connecting monitors... Might be worth a look-see?

Page 62 is a brief (very) what to check if no display...

It "might" be worth powering down (and removing the power cord too) and then removing the graphics card. Clean its edge connector with a soft pencil type eraser; after-which wipe contacts clean with a soft/lintless cloth of some sort. Re-install card and then remove again. Then re-install, reconnect monitor, power up and so on, and see if that resolves the problem? It might simply be the card has dislodged slightly in transit (not often happens but has been known).


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