Recently a friend of mine had a computer given to her and we have been trying to get it up and running. The problem is that whenever we connect a monitor to it, we get no signal. The lights just flash. I hooked the monitor up to my computer and it worked perfectly. Without visual I cannot install a mouse or keyboard. I can't get into the system at all to get it working, there just dosen't seem to be any video output at all. I did look inside, and it has an internal video card. There is no name brand or anything on it, and it is a re-built computer. The only thing I know is that it is an e-machine and all the monitor says is "NOW".
Is it worth replacing the video card? If I did that, how would I install the driver and everything that needs to be installed on it without a currently working video output? Grrr, just frustrated. It is running windos 98 according to the only label on the machine, but who knows if that is true. It appears to have 2-128 mem. cards in it, not sure if that is in addition to the internal memory or not.
Next thing to work on is the modem, or lack of modem, but we will save that for another day. Any help would be appreciated, I really don't know that much about what I am doing, just trying to help a friend. TY.