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my monitor suddenly shows "no video" message

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Hello, I hope someone can help.

My monitor suddenly shows a no video message when I turn on my computer. I hear the hd kick on and it sound normal and all of the lights and fans turn on and iI do hear the beep. I checked all of the cables and turned off power and removed the video card and made sure it was seated good the I tried it again but still have the same problem. I alos tried another video card and another monitor to the same result. everything seems to startup fine as far as the sounds and the lights and fans. Just getting no video message on the monitor. When I unplugged the monitor from the comp it says check cable so I know it isn't the connection. From everything I have read I think it is the motherboard butnot sure. can someone help me pleeeeeeaaaaaase?
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I alos tried another video card and another monitor to the same result.

All the fan and drive noises indicate +12V is working, but says nothing of the other required voltages (+5VDC and +3.3VDC). Trying another monitor is the first thing I suggest and you did that. I would try that monitor on a second PC, however, just to be sure. What concerns, and confuses me is you said you do hear "the" beep. One beep typically indicates a good POST - and that is not possible with a bad PSU. So this could be the motherboard, but I would not rule anything out yet.

I would start by verifying the PSU is good. Here's my canned text on testing PSUs:

To properly and conclusively test a power supply unit (PSU), it must be tested under various realistic "loads" then analyzed for excessive [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripple_(electrical)""]ripple[/url] and other anomalies. This is done by a qualified technician using an oscilloscope or power analyzer - sophisticated (and expensive) electronic test equipment requiring special training to operate, and a basic knowledge of electronics theory to understand the results. Therefore, conclusively testing a power supply is done in properly equipped electronic repair facilities.

Fortunately, there are other options that are almost as good. I keep a FrozenCPU Ultimate PSU Tester in my tool bag when I am "in the field" and don't have a good spare power supply to swap in. While not a certain test, they are better than nothing. The advantage of this model is that it has an LCD readout of the voltage. With an actual voltage readout, you have a better chance of detecting a "failing" PSU, or one barely within specified ATX Form Factor Standard tolerances. Lesser models use LEDs to indicate the voltage is just within some "range". These are less informative, considerably cheaper, but still useful for detecting PSUs that have already "failed". Newegg has several testers to choose from. All these testers contain a "dummy load" to fool the PSU into thinking it is connected to a motherboard, and therefore allows the PSU to power on, if able, without being attached to a motherboard - great for testing fans, but again, it is not a true load or suitable for conclusive testing.

As mentioned, swapping in a known good supply is a tried and trued method of troubleshooting used for centuries, even by pros. Remove the "suspect" part and replace with a "known good" part and see if the problem goes away.

I do not recommend using a multimeter to test power supplies. To do it properly, that is, under a realistic load, the voltages on all the pins must be measured while the PSU is attached to the motherboard and the computer powered on. This requires poking (with some considerable force) two hard and sharp, highly conductive meter probes into the main power connector, deep in the heart of the computer. One tiny slip can destroy the motherboard, and everything plugged into it. It is not worth the risk considering most multimeters, like plug-in testers, do not measure, or reveal any unwanted and potentially disruptive AC components to the DC voltages.

And remember, anything that plugs into the wall can kill. Do not open the power supply's case unless you are a qualified electronics technician. There are NO user serviceable parts inside a power supply.
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