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My friend recently upgraded his old family desktop

When he turns it on, the parts and case lights up. But the monitor is blank/black. He said the VGA cable is plugged in too

Update: The screen is still blank and nothing shows and we don't hear a beep that computers usually make when powering on

HDD: old one
Optical: old one
Case: old one
PSU: either this one or this one (I forgot which one he bought)
RAM: Kingston 1x4gb
CPU:


Motherboard: Biostar A880G+ (with onboard Radeon 4250)
Edited by itzzjason - 4/24/11 at 7:22pm
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post #2 of 14
Either Graphics card or motherboard is bad. (Assuming you know that the monitor works.) Probably the graphics card. Also, could technically be the power supply, but prolly not.
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post #3 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Atreyu5050 View Post
Either Graphics card or motherboard is bad. (Assuming you know that the monitor works.) Probably the graphics card. Also, could technically be the power supply, but prolly not.
I don't think it's PSU if the parts in the case are lighting up, right?
That's what I thought at first; the mobo or graphics
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post #4 of 14
Well, the PSU powers a lot of different stuff at independent voltages/polarities, so it could feasibly power one thing and not another properly. That being said, its most likely the GFX card. Just stick a new one in your PCIe (?) slot and it should automatically override the onboard. If not, you'll need to disable the integrated card in the BIOS before it will recognize the new card. If this doesn't help, its prolly your Mobo, but make sure you get a good card. I made this exact mistake once. (Bought a used replacement card on ebay, and it was also bad, so i replaced my mobo, which was fine, before realizing i had 2 bad GFX cards). Good luck.
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post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atreyu5050 View Post
Well, the PSU powers a lot of different stuff at independent voltages/polarities, so it could feasibly power one thing and not another properly. That being said, its most likely the GFX card. Just stick a new one in your PCIe (?) slot and it should automatically override the onboard. If not, you'll need to disable the integrated card in the BIOS before it will recognize the new card. If this doesn't help, its prolly your Mobo, but make sure you get a good card. I made this exact mistake once. (Bought a used replacement card on ebay, and it was also bad, so i replaced my mobo, which was fine, before realizing i had 2 bad GFX cards). Good luck.
But he doesn't want to buy a vid card, hence the onboard gfx
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post #6 of 14
not sure i understand your response... sounds like he HAS to buy a GFX card, cuz the onboard one went bad.
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post #7 of 14
Try using DVI cable i had a problem of not seeing anything on the screen with VGA cable.
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post #8 of 14
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Update: The screen is still blank and nothing shows and we don't hear a beep
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post #9 of 14
Omg. this my sound random, but have you tried replacing the Cmos battery? I have had the exact same problem with an old computer (an old dell n-series my uncle gave me to fix). when this problem arose i just put in an entirely new battery and everything worked perfectly again. Hope i helped in some way.
Edited by Oozypunk - 4/24/11 at 7:32pm
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post #10 of 14
After some more thought about it, it seems to definatly be a problem with the board, first try just reseting the battery(taking it out for a minute or two and putting it back in, then replacing it(its just a watch battery so its just cheap) and finally face the worst and assume that the board is shot.
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