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Have a ati radeon 9250. loaded catalyst driver. admin/system tools recognize the card in a primary and secondary instance. both say they are working properly. when i plug into the vga interface I get no picture from my new lcd. i have no dvi cable. how can i get a video signal from the card?

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  • jhwang02879 Dec 31, 2008

    I am the OP. Using a vga to vga cord.

    LCD is PnP and did not come with a driver. Using XP driver.

    The MB has an on board video card. The monitor works fine in analog mode connected to the on-board interface.

    When I plug into the ati radeon 9250 video card and restart the computer I get no picture. If I plug onto on-board, I get the picture again. No need to restart.

    Haven't tried the DVI cable yet. Will post after I've tried that.

    Many thanks in advance. :)

  • jhwang02879 Dec 31, 2008

    I am the OP. Using a vga to vga cord.

    LCD is PnP and did not come with a driver. Using XP driver.

    The MB has an on board video card. The monitor works fine in analog mode connected to the on-board interface.

    When I plug into the ati radeon 9250 video card and restart the computer I get no picture. If I plug onto on-board, I get the picture again. No need to restart.

    Haven't tried the DVI cable yet. Will post after I've tried that.

    Many thanks in advance. :)

  • Ben
    Ben May 11, 2010

    Can you test the monitor on another PC to ensure its not the monitor that is not working.

    Also, you could invest in DVI cable since this could (a) fix the problem since the VGA cable could be broken and (b) DVI quality is better. Cables are not expensive.

  • xpok7 May 11, 2010

    Are you using a VGA to DVI converter cable?

  • Jarish Castañeda
    Jarish Castañeda May 11, 2010

    Have you tried installing your LCD driver?


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Leave the card in there and try reinstalling the software. that should do it.

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Some monitors have a analog/digital switch. Check you documentation to see if your monitor is of this type. If it is, it might be as simple as switching to analog instead of digital.
BTW, If your card only has VGA (the blue plug) then using the DVI adapter (the white plug) will not likely improve visual quality.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

  • Vern Haynes
    Vern Haynes Dec 31, 2008

    One other thing to check: Some of these graphics cards need external power to function. They will not work without it. I am not aware of any 9250's that have this requirement, but it is worth checking.

    Beyond that:
    The fact that the onboard graphics work when your Radeon does not limits the problem to one of two possible causes:
    1. The Radeon is dead (most likely)
    2. The AGP slot on your mainboard is bad. (less likely)

    Although I prefer the ATI cards (like your Radeon) for picture quality I have had really bad luck with the AGP variety.
    If the card was purchased new and is less than a year old, you probably have a warranty that is still in force.
    If you tell me the brand name of the card I can give more information on this.

    If you have a spare AGP card laying around, try swapping it out. I would bet that it will work.
    Otherwise, if you don't play games or anything on this PC, you may want to just remove the Radeon from the system altogether. With your onboard graphics working, you should be OK.


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