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Cannot get further than self test display screen, just moved comp to a different room

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    what make of comp.? is it the monitor or the comp.?


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Have you checked with the monitor cable connections . if not please check it or else if u have graphic card try reseating it and also checked input mode of the monitor it can be check by pressing the menu button then settings

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Probably power supply, but you can try a different display monitor, try unplugging the hard drive. You need to see your PC go to the BIOS boot screen to do further testing.

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With regard to running the self test on dell display units which of these statements are true?

-You should always refer to the user's guide or Manual for the display to interpret test results.
- you can use the self-test to determine if the problem originates with the display or somewhere else.

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The spynet watch turns on the but the screen is blank I can hear sounds but can not see the menu screen

When exactly you lost the display?

Just right after turning on the computer?While working in Windows? Or every time you open a program or application?

If problem happened just right after turning on the computer, we have 2 point of failures: Monitor or the VGA CARD/MOBO Onboard.

To test your monitor. While computer and monitor is ON. Unplug the VGA cord at the back or the monitor and check if you will see a box moving across the screen says monitor self test.

If no display replace monitor.

It monitor self test passed. Connect computer to a different monitor and if problem persist then update the video card driver or the motherboard chipset. If all fails then you have to replace your video card or motherboard.

Pls do consider replacing the VGA cord as well.

Hope this helps.

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My drive has power but the icon for it does not appear in the My Computer screen

...Power and data cables, you mean(two - both), Are your drive formatted?(New drives unformatted!).
First, restart your comp, after keyboard flashing, press DEL or F2 and start BIOS, All BIOSes are various, search byself in all menues/buttons Onboard IDE and SATA controllers configuration. All of them must be switched on(on diag time) and it's disk types must be AUTO, and large/LBA mode auto too(after change this param drive must be remapped and re-formatted with full lost of data). Also in ADVANCED submenu I recommend switch off quick self-test(POST). F10 to save changes and if all proper, BIOS must identify disk on boot screen.If boot screen splashed too quickly, go back to BIOS and look for disk parameters. If name of drive here is correct, and drive's geometry seems true, all is OK. If Win or other OS don't see this drive in DEVICE MANAGER/disc drives, then seems you obtain a non-standard device that require model-specific driver from manufacturer.
If drive exist in DEVICE MANAGER/disc drives, but OS don't draw it's partitions in My Comp, then it improperly formatted(part of RAID or virtual partition, or for other OS).Then it's need to new partitioning and formatting(All data become lost).

If BIOS don't see drive, something fail - Mboard, cables, or drive himself. There is one way to half-check drive without Mboard and cables. Plug it to power only, take him in hands, move it to your ear and turn on power switch. First you must listen increasing spindle noise, and after 1-10 sec from one to three head turns.( Modern drives has a noise protection,and sounds are quiet).If sounds differ from this, drive is bad. If heads turns more then 3 times, drive is near to death(half-year max), but still works. If heads don't sounds - drive's board is bad. If heads turns continuously - them or plates's surface are bad.Go to repair or drop off.
Described listening procedure is a self-test of drive and gives 90% sureness of it's goodness. Then try replug cables and test another drive instead for Mboard check. Somebody talks that latest drives don't work with old Mboards, but I never saw this.

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I have a 23" dell lcd monitor. There is about an inch of black on all sides with no picture. How do I enlarge the picture to cover the entire screen.??

Right click on the desktop, then click on Properties > Settings tab.

You can then experiment with the different screen resolutions until you find one that displays your desktop properly and fills up the monitor view. For example move the small slider to 1280 x 1024 pixels and press OK. If the screen still doesn't look ok just repeat the above steps and try another resolution setting by moving the slider further to the left or right

Would you kindly rate my answer please if this has helped resolve the problem - thanks :)

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I have a dell Dimension 2300 and the images are very dark. I don't think it is from the monitor.

Try these steps: 1. Check the monitor settings. Access the On Screen Display (OSD) Menu System. Adjust the contrast and brightness using the control buttons in the monitor.
2. Run the monitor self test. Unplug the video cable from the computer (cable from monitor to the back of the computer). Usually it has a blue or white connector. Turn on the monitor alone. It should display the self test pattern (white, red, green & blue). If the images are dark in the self test, it is a problem with the monitor.
2. Rotate the monitor to face a different direction. This will help in eliminating sunlight glare which can cause poor picture quality.
3. Test your computer using another working monitor. If the problem occurs in a known good monitor, then it is a video card or motherboard (if your video card is integrated) problem.
I hope these options help.

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My computer dont have a display

if its a desktop, run monitor self test, unplug cable of monitor from back of pc, turn on both monitor and computer, if nothing on screen. monitor needs to be replaced., if its laptop, tkae out battery and unplug ac , press and hld power button for 5 seconds to drain power, put battery back and power on system then immidiately press f2, if it brings to you a different screen, good. but if not. display is not working , the hardware part.

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Screen does not stay on it just flashes on every four sec

Sounds like the refresh rate of your video adapter is set incorrcetly, especially if the monitor is new to the system. CRT monitors could handle a wider rate range than the current LCD's.

The next time it starts working correctly, go to "display settings" and check the "monitor" tab. For a LCD monitor, the refresh rate should be between 60 and 72. Experiment with the different rate settings to optimize your display.

Hope this helps

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i had a simaler prob i had a lose connection so make sur all the wires are in properly if you have no lucktake it to a comp shop

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yes, may be the hard drive... so goahead and run a test on hard drive....

try going to bios setup.... from the main menu in bios... highlight the hard drive... maybe displayed in first drive, or second drive...push Enter... and from the list select an option smart self test...
There would be two test's one is smart self test and smart extented self test... first select the smart self test... it would go up to 5 min... if it is pass go to second, smart extended would go upto an hour.

If first test fails... no need to run the second...directly replace the hdd... but if pass go to second.. and check the hard drive..

As you said you are using UBUNTU.... try install it again.. if hdd both test pass..

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