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Confused about hooking up a flat screen monitor.


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fishchowder

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Hi! My friend just gave me his old emachines flat screen monitor, since I'm still stuck with a huge compaq regular monitor. I was so excited to finally have a flat screen, but I hooked it up and it isn't working!!

For one thing, there's no plug. Is there supposed to be a regular plug, like the old monitors? The kind that you plug into the wall? The only connectors this monitor has is the regular monitor-to-computer one and another one connected to that which I'm not sure what it's for. It's a round plug that looks similar to the size of the keyboard or mouse plugs, only when you look inside it, there's only one prong. It says "JV" in really small wires on one side and "2" on the other. I can't seem to find a place in my tower that this fits! Once I hook up the flat screen to my tower, and press the power button on the front nothing happens. Is there something I'm missing??

Edited by fishchowder, 24 February 2008 - 01:42 PM.

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Neil Jones

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Power adaptor most likely. Some monitors have their own power packs that are needed, while others just plug straight into the wall.
Take a picture of this mystery connector if you can but you should only have one, maybe two, cables from the screen to the tower - the blue 15pin VGA cable (or the bigger white DVI cable) and possibly a sound cable.
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Here's a picture.

http://i26.tinypic.com/8yxqna.jpg

There's no place for a power adapter. I mean, I've seen flatscreens with a power adaptor port thing before, but this has none. It worked fine on my friend's computer. Maybe because it's an emachine monitor and he had an emachine computer?

http://i29.tinypic.com/125hy6e.jpg

There's info if ya need it. Maybe I need a driver? But the monitor won't even turn on... maybe it's dead?
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There's no way the monitor will work without power. You need this adapter.
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There's no way the monitor will work without power. You need this adapter.


Oh! Thanks! I don't understand though... where in the monitor do I plug in that adapter once I get it? I don't see any holes?
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Should be a little power hole somewhere on the monitor, typically around the 15-pin blue output cable. Unfortunately monitors don't run on fresh air and the computer does not provide its own power to it.
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Yea you need some sort of power. That plug that he posted looks good to me
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