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Attepted to add a new hardrive now, monitor won't register


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tylerscool

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I was trying to put in a 40gb hard drive into my computer by just plugging in normally. I turned it on and the monitor and it would not go from orange to green. I removed everything I plugged in to the other hardrive and still no luck. I was told not to unplug my computer when adding the hardrives. I've also set to clear my Cosmos to 0 and removed the battery and put it back in. Please help me i cannot afford a computer repair man, so i need your help. I'm decent with computers so not terrible, but not enough to fix this.
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There was no need to clear the CMOS as some bright spark advised you to do -- that's quite uneccessary just for fitting a new hard disk.
As for the monitor problem, check that you haven't dislodged the graphics card it plugs into. Give it a firm but careful push down into the slot at both ends.
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no luck i think the motherboard is friend does that sound right?
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Greetings all

Just looking over your shoulders, Did I read this correctly?

I was told not to unplug my computer when adding the hardrives


Does this mean you DID NOT shut the computer off and installed the drive while it was running?

Or did you just leave the powercord in with computer OFF and did the work? Bad news if the computer was running when doing the drive install. Most likey caused a electrical short on the Main board. Highly unlikely it can be repaired.

One other thought, if your computer has more than one video connection try each one of them. Since you reset the Bios to defaults the machine may be configured now that the on board is the primary adaptor.

Good luck
Kaz

Edit: to correct some spelling errors.
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so my motherboard is fried and cannot be repaired, good i was looking to get another one anyway, i just don't want to get one and figure out that its something else. Please reply im ordering a nice one tommorow and will i need to re-install vista and how will i do that without the key i just got it with my computer
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Greetings,

Install your vista with the disk you own, use the key that you have. If and when it fails to authenticate, follow the instructions the installation routine will provide you.

This requires usually a phone call to Microsoft in which you will speak to a representative. Then you will be given the chance to explain you changed motherboards because of a failure. They will provide you with a new key code in which to finish the installation and activate the software.

If any of this is not clear, have a computer shop of good reputation do this for you.

Regards
Kaz
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