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Okay, I am having problems getting an old computer of mine working (it's a pre-2005 Dell sucktastic PC).

I had taken out the hard drive and DVD drive, but I have now put the hard drive back in. All the components are the originals, except it now lacks a DVD drive, and the power cable has been replaced. However, when I try to boot up, the monitor doesn't seem to get any signal from the PC. This is the case with all monitors I have tried so far, so it probably isn't the monitor.

I have had a look in the case to see if anything is loose/unplugged, but nothing seems obvious. this is also unlikely as most of the components haven't been unplugged, ever. The only ones that have are the hard drive and the memory. I have also tried some Googling, but the problem is quite vague, and this route hasn't really resulted with much.

At first glance I would say that the problem was no power to the GPU, but there actually being LESS components than the original factory install doesn't seem to support this. However, the PC power cable HAS been replaced.

Thanks in advance for any enlightenment you can give me on this mystery.
Edited by Duckliffe - 1/9/11 at 7:27am
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Well, considering this system is old you probably don't have a comparable system to test the parts inside of them. I used to own a pre-built PC by IBM back in 99' but eventually the motherboard went out and the system overheated a lot. It could be quite possible that the motherboard is no longer functioning. OEM boards were cheap and didn't last very long along with the el cheapo power supply also.
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