No Display

By dawntreader ·
I recently formatted my C drive, after which I had a problem with my display card with the error code 10 saying my card was not connected.
I removed and replaced the card and now I have no display, no boot-up, no lights on keyboard....nothing.
What is the problem and solution ??
Fairly old hardware: G-Force 2 mx400, AMD 700 CPU, 256 RAM.
Help, I'm lost without my PC !!!

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Important Question

by gsquared In reply to No Display

I have to ask this: Did you turn off the computer before removing the card and replacing it?

Also, is it currently plugged in?

(Sorry, but tech support requests that start out like your question have to have the "step 0 questions" asked.)

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Now that thought made me wince

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Important Question

pulling the card while it was powered up.

Nooooooooooooooo !

Chance of popping the internal fuse on the power supply and that would be a good result.

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My first thought to

by w2ktechman In reply to Now that thought made me ...

that response was much like yours.

all too funny though.

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A few things and questions

by w2ktechman In reply to No Display

Ok, what is probably happening now is that your system either is not recognising the current card properly, there are power issues to the slot, or the BIOS needs to be configured.

First, does the MB have a built in video card?
If so, switch your monitor to it. You should receive video to configure the BIOS for the add-in card.
check that the slot is the right slot for the card.
If you have multiple slots for it, try a different slot.
Is this PCIE, AGP, PCI?
Since you mention old HW, I will assume not PCIE.
For AGP, it may be conflicting with a built in card
for PCI, the bridge may have been damaged, but more likely switch to another port.

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something to check

by apotheon In reply to No Display

Not to disparage all the other excellent advice in here, but:

Have you checked to make sure the monitor isn't shot?

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by w2ktechman In reply to something to check

You just made me feel stupid for a moment.

I never even thought of that (and I even replaced 2 monitors today).

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I've had those moments.

by apotheon In reply to Apotheon

These days, I try really really hard to always think of the dumb-***, too obvious to notice, absurdly easy to check, simple solutions before spending too much time on the complex stuff most of us techs come up with first. I find I have to make a conscious effort to do it, though. It's just not natural, it seems, to think of the monitor first in a situation like that.

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That explains it, I lost

by w2ktechman In reply to I've had those moments.

my ability to see the common problems.
Oh, well, I guess its back to tech training 101

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