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Old 07-09-04, 03:21 PM
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Monitor Not Activating

Okay, kind of a silly question here (I've been building computers since I was 10, I feel embarassed ), but here goes:

I've got an old Viewsonic 19" CRT which is my primary monitor (I normally am on a laptop). It's about 4 years old. I had it hooked up to my laptop and it was working fine, while I was rebuilding a few old boxes. I have tried to plug the monitor in on the different computers, with 2 mobos & 2 vidcards, so 4 total combinations of a machine, and the monitor does not turn on when I boot the box. It still works when I plug it into my laptop, but I think there's no way both mobos and both vidcards are dead on those two desktop systems. Someone please help!
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Could your video resolutions and/or refresh rates on those computers not work with that monitor? Can you see the BIOS info come up when first turned on?
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No BIOS info, no nothing, the monitor just stays on the orange standby light =\. I should also mention I've tried with 2 different drives, one freshly formatted and one with an old XP install on it.
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Have you checked the pins on the monitor's VGA cable?
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Yep, pins are clean. The whole plug is really in pretty good condition considering age, and like I said, it still works when I plug it into my laptop's VGA port. I just can't isolate what's wrong with it unless all my mobo/vid that I'm using are somehow fried.
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Originally posted by drjay
Yep, pins are clean.
And all there I suppose.

I'm going to have to suggest trying out another known good machine then. Sounds like the others are having problems.
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*sigh* Yah I just didn't want to lug this beast downstairs to the family unit's PC. Oh well, I just need to see if it'll work period. Thanks for the suggestions .

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