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Old Computer, New Problems

By Intel Inside Me ·
I took apart everything off my Compaq Presario which use to run Windows 98 SE. I tryed to put it back so i can have another pc but when I connect the hard drive,Video card,Power supply and the power button, It turn on but there is nothing on the screen. I have a Sony CPD-G220R monitor which works great on my other Compaq. I'm using 3Dfx Voodoo 3 video card. Could any one help me solve this problem. (Q: How can I get my monitor to show up on the monitor?)

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Nikita Kotov

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by Intel Inside Me In reply to Old Computer, New Problem ...

PS: Q means question.;-P

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by Dr Dij In reply to Old Computer, New Problem ...

check all your connectors carefully and reseat cables. check memory chips in ok.

swap parts: you say monitor works ok on other PC.
I had a case where a 21" monitor drew too much power and kept a dell PC from booting. it works find on a dift PC tho. Try swapping video card from PC you know works.

try turning on pc with video card in but with vga disconnected. that will elim problem above, and swap parts as I said.

does the fan come on when you turn on PC. if not, lack of connection keeps it from doing this. i.e. if you turn on pc w/o power to mb, the fan won't come on, or if there is a short.

does it turn on for an instant then turn off? (this is looking at PC without cover on so you can see fan easily)

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by Intel Inside Me In reply to

My fan works fine and the card works fine on the other pc, it worked fine before on the same pc.

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by statykserver In reply to Old Computer, New Problem ...

Take it apart again and put it back together and make sure you seated everything properly. Having a loose video card, memory, power connectors will cause problems like the one you are having. Maybe you messed up the power button, If you think everything is properly seated you can turn on the system by touching the the two pins that connect to the power switch on the motherboard itself with a flat-head screwdriver.

http://www.pcguide.com/intro/fun/z_000744jumpers.jpg
If it worked before you took it apart it is obviously a reseating error and after you check and recheck the parts, you will get it back and working again.

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by Intel Inside Me In reply to

Ok i checked everything and everything was ok, wat else could be the problem?

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by statykserver In reply to

Is it possible that the video card got damaged in the process or maybe it just coincidentally gave out? Well, it is not likely but it is Possible, so maybe you should try another video card.

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by statykserver In reply to

Maybe the motherboard got damaged, judging from your replies it seems that a damaged motherboard could possibly be the source of your problems.

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by ctrservices In reply to Old Computer, New Problem ...

After reseating everything, if still no go, let us know what beep message (short,long, how many of each) and what kind of bios chip you have.

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by mnoldsea In reply to Old Computer, New Problem ...

I'm not sure if I understand the problem, but if you are trying to run 2 computers with one monitor, you need a switching device that will alternate the signal. Belkin makes an excellent product for under 40.00 at CompUSA.

If it's just the computer will not boot hold F1 , or F10 key, and see if you can get into BIOS. If you can, you may have to do a clean install of Windows, or use the recovery disk.

If none of the above solves the problem you may have a cable or wire connection problem. Best bet is to check the HP/Compaq site for your model and download the manual for your system in .pdf format. There may also be some damage to the video card when you reinstalled it. Check that it is seated properly, or swap out the one that works with the monitor. Either way recheck all the connections to make sure they are correct.

Good luck

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