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    Default Computer Boots Up, But Monitor Does Not

    Good-day,

    I am trying to fix my Dad's computer.

    When you power it on, it appears to be booting up, but does not display
    anything on the monitor (as if the monitor is not plugged in)

    I have removed the AGP video card and tried two other ones in it's
    stead, to no avail.

    I have removed the memory stick, ensured it is clean and re-seated
    it, to no avail.

    I have hooked up another monitor that I know works properly, to no
    avail.

    I would play with the BIOS, but I can't even get any screen to load
    on the monitor, as it displays as if it isn't even plugged in to anything.

    I am hoping that his motherboard isn't somehow fried, but I can't find
    any other solution.

    I know that you guys are the best when it comes to solving problems,
    as I read the forum all the time.

    Any suggestions or ideas will do.

    It is a Pentium 4 1.4GHZ and runs XP Home.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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    um sorry I didn't see this post earlier, wondering if you have solved your problem. Hopefully you have since it was ~4 days ago.

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    Sounds like motherboard related but can be some other issues. Check the pins from your monitor cable. Make sure none are bent. Also might be faulty port. Try seating your card on another if possible.
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    if your graphics card is capable of using a TV as a monitor then try that.
    Check your documentation.
    If it works then have the monitor tested by a technician. Replace in preference to repairing.
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    This is a long shot, but....

    I would also try booting up into safe mode (usually done by tapping F8 during start up, but it varies from PC to PC).

    If the monitor stays on then the problem is a corrupt graphics driver. You would need to uninstall your graphics card/adapter from the device manager then restart. If this is the problem then things should work with XP's generic drivers, but it is a good idea to reinstall the correct graphics drivers from CD or graphics card manufacturers website.

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    Default Thanks for the help, but I think it is the motherboard...

    Well, thanks for your help, guys.

    I think though, after everything I have tried, it has to be the
    motherboard.

    Which sucks, as it is only a few years old.

    Dad will have to put up with a PIII I rebuilt for him rather than
    a P4 for now. That's what we get for buying a Cicero (Canadian
    Future Shop/Best Buy) machine.

    He always gets the hand-me-down systems, but
    he doesn't do anything too demanding, so it will work nicely until
    a member of the family upgrades.

    Thanks again for your help. I can say though, after this, I definately
    will not recommend Cicero or MSi motherboard to anyone. But, then
    again, I definately am not the authority on computers that you guys
    are.

    Thanks again!

    Bosstone95

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    MSi motherboards are actually IMO good quality motherboards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartieHonteuse
    MSi motherboards are actually IMO good quality motherboards.

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    I agree, I've had a few over the years and they have never caused me any problems.

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    True I agree. I have a Cicero - IMO MB and i've had no problems. Cicero is a generic name and yes you do pay less - but you have the option of choosing the parts you want in your computer. Future Shop had that policy 5 yrs ago when i bought my PC. Not sure if they still continue it.
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