Hooking a computer up using this TV as the monitor
The computer is a Dell desktop Dimension 4700 - about 4 years old. No S Cable hook up but it does have a DVI connector in the back for a monitor. Is there a way to do this? I've had several answers but would like to hear a more expert opinion. We were told we can buy a computer audio output to a stereo cable. That should take care of the audio but what about the video? Is there a solution?
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1. Onboard video card is either disabled or bad. 2. Cable is bad 3. Monitor is bad.
You can check the last 2 relativly easily by hooking the monitor and cable up to another computer to see if they function. if they don't then first try swapping out the cable (i say this first because its cheaper) then swap out the monitor.
To see if the video card is bad try hooking up a different monitor to the system. If the new monitor is not displaying anything then you most likely will need to put a new video card in the machine.
Get some canned air - 2 cans
unplug the monitor and computer.
Use canned air to blow out all the vent holes of the monitor.
Leave it unplugged for about 1 day.
Open the computer case. Use the canned air to blow out the computer. pay
special attention to fans and the power supply - actuall blow the air
through the power supply vents on both sides.
If you have an add on video card (not on the motherboard), remove the
screw at the back of the case, and remove the video card. Reinsert the
card and make sure it is tight. replace the screw.
After the day is up plug the monitor back in and use the buttons on the
front to enter the monitor menu. Choose to reset or factory settings.
Hook it back up to the computer and boot the computer.
If the problem still occurs try the monitor on another computer or laptop.
If the problem goes away by hooking it up elsewhere - replace the video
card.If you are not sure what type to purchase just post back model and
serial of the computer.
If the problem is still there after hooking the monitor up elsewhere,
Try changing the video cable or seek rpelacement through warranty or purchase a new one. Check newegg.com for best prices.
Any doubts you can get the help of a technician through
go to dell's web site. http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/upgrades/en/segmenter?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~ck=mn
Fill in the requested information and they will give you the details of your computer, and recommended upgrades.
Does your current card meet your needs? The 24 inch should not need any thing special other than loading its drivers, and setting up the video. You will of course be using the "D" 15 connector on this monitor and a mating video cable. These have to be purchased on their own sometimes, so make sure one comes with your monitor.
all of those are controlled by the video card-software management panel..go to dell support website, and make certain you have that latest driver set..then you should be able to enable any of those options.
hi Fshumway, time to change your monitor, it is a problem on this kind of monitor, it is 20" ? or somekind of energy problems, or in the cable conector in , to your computer, is bad. If you have other monitor, use it, and see if work fine.
hope this help!