why wont my monitor come on?

April 16, 2011 at 15:30:12
Specs: Windows XP
i have a dell that was working fine when i turned it off a year ago.i turned it on yesterday and the monitor light stayed orange. i pressed a button on the monitor and it said on the monitor screen..."in power saving mode, press computer power button, move the mouse, or press any key on the keyboard." none of these worked and when the computer boots up there are beeping sounds!!!! can someone please tell me what the problem is? i'm desperate!!!

thank you very much, Billy

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April 16, 2011 at 18:43:26
If this computer uses a plug in graphics card rather than an onboard one, it may have worked itself loose. Ground yourself first and remove it from its slot. Use a pencil eraser to remove tarnish from the contact strips. Reinstall card and power on computer. Hopefully all it was was a poor electrical contact with the connectors in the slot.

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