When i turn my computer on the monitor has a box that reads; self test, monitor working, check your pc and signal cable. I have been able to wiggle the cable that runs from the monitor to the pc, reset it and then it would work. It is not working any more, box still appears. I thought maybe there was a short in the wire, but not sure.
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eMachines flat-screen monitors offer high quality at low
eMachines flat-screen monitors are compatible with most
brands of PCs.
Issues with eMachines flat-screen monitors can arise from
faulty power sources, cable problems and incompatible settings.
These issues can be resolved by testing step-by-step each
Plug the computer's power cable firmly into a working AC outlet.
Press the computer's power button.
Check the LEDs on the front of the computer case to confirm
that the computer receives power.
Plug the eMachines monitor's power cable into a working AC outlet.
Press the monitor's power button.
Check the LEDs on the front bezel or power button of the
eMachines monitor to confirm that the monitor receives power.
Orange or blinking LEDs indicate low power or no signal.
Green LEDs denote a working connection..
Perform a monitor self-test.
Switch off the monitor.
Unplug the video cable from the monitor.
Press the eMachines monitor's power button.
An eMachines logo, Windows logo or "no signal"
message indicates that the monitor is working properly.
Plug the eMachines monitor's video cable into the video
port on the computer.
Attach the monitor's included DVI-to-VGA adapter to the
monitor's VGA cable if your computer has a DVI port (15 or 25 pin-slots with 1
side slot) in place of a VGA port (15 pin-slots, no side slot).
Press the eMachines monitor's input button to change the
monitor's setting to match the computer port used.
Set your monitor to DVI if connected to your computer's DVI
Set your monitor to VGA if connected to your computer's VGA
Connect the eMachines monitor to a known working computer
with a known working video cable if the problem persists. Contact Gateway,
eMachines manufacturer, if the monitor issue is not resolved.
to make sure that the monitor is working fine, just unplug it from the computer. make sure that monitor is plugged in a known good wall outlet and turned on. there should be self test feature check on it that scolls around the monitor screen. for no dell branded monitor there should be a message like No signal.
Your monitor is telling you that it thinks it is not receiving a video signal from the computer. You need to verify which of three components is not working, the computer, the cable, or the monitor.
The first thing to do, obviously, is to check that the cable connecting the computer to monitor is good. You will need some extra components to do the checking. I'm going to assume that the cable is detachable at both ends.
First you can try replacing the cable with different one. If the replacement cable works, then it's the cable.
Secondly, you can try different monitor. If you connect this in place of the first monitor, and it works, it's a faulty monitor (needs repairing or replacing).
Third try a different computer with the original cable and monitor, if it all works it looks like the video on your PC has malfunctioned. (This might also be your conclusion if a system comprising a different cable and monitor fails to work with the original PC)
You might just be able to verify the cable by testing the connectivity of all the wires in the cable with a meter, if you knew the pin out of the cable at both ends.
If you find out the computer is getting a signal out, there could be many causes for that, each having its own solution (or not as the case may be)
Try turning the monitor after the pc is on. I have one monitor that shows that message if it is turned on before the pc is. If that doesn't work then there's 2 things i can think of. One is the cable is damaged, big issue if is integrated, and second the video card. Even if it is integrated you can get a replacement one and disable the first one if it gives you problems.