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Everything on my comp starts up, my vid card spins, hard drive spins, and CPU fan spins. Ive reseated my vid card twice, and replugged in my monitor cables twice, but my monitors wont display anything.
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Have you tried a different monitor?
Was there any updates done to the system prior to the issue starting?
Any new hardware or software installed?
Any files downloaded from the internet?
Have you tried a different video card?
Is there onboard video and if so have you tried to take out your card and plug into onboard?
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I have dual monitors, both aren't working. Nothing new, no new files downloaded, no other vid card to try and no onboard video. Ive had this problem before, and reseating the card worked, I might try one more time.
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It very well could be a Video card or MOBO problem.
How old is the system?
Is it a name brand, and if so what make and model?
If custom what motherboard is in it?
Are you getting any beeps when you turn it on?
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no beeps, the mobo is a Gigabyte P35C-DS3R. The vid card is an ATI 2900HT. Its about 2 years old.
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Sounds like it's going to be the video card then. If everything on the MOBO is powering up including the cpu fan then I would guess the culprit is the video card.
Any chance on finding just a cheap PCI card that you can try? Even if you can borrow one for the test.
I am willing to be the card is gone.
If you have reseated it and tried a different slot then it's mostly the video card.
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I just completely reseated it, reset the CMOS, and it still doesnt display. I guess I need a new video card. My current card is ATI, but I want an Nvidia, my mobo is meant for ATI but will an Nvidia work.
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It should but maybe not as well as having a compatible ATI card.
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I cant find any decent ATI card for a PCI Express x16. All the good cards are on 2.0, they dont even sell the card that i have right now.
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PCI-E 2.0 is backward compatible with PCI-E 1.0
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Thanks Cold Titanium. Another set of eyes is always good. :)
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I'm so good.... :)

hahhahahah
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I just ordered a new vid card, but are you sure theres nothing else that could just prevent my video from going through. I mean I dont even get a loading screen, so Im assuming its not my HD. But is there anything that could prevent it from showing, so that I dont waste 260 dollars.
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If you have tried the card in a different slot with the same results then the card is the culprit.
If you are sure the Monitor is good then the MOBO could be the problem
If you are sure the MOBO is working then the Memory could be the problem
If you are sure the Memory and CPU are in working order then the card is the problem

There is no way to test it unless you can get another card to test with. I wish I could suggest anything but without a test card to try then I can't suggest anything else.

Edited by rshaffer61, 21 May 2009 - 07:00 PM.

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