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Cannot display video mode

I just bought a used dell flat screen E173FP1and when I plugged it into my tower it says "cannot display video mode" what is wrong? is there a compatability issue or a way to fix it and make it work?

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The problem is your video card not able to communicate properly with the hardware. To solve this problem you need to install the drivers for your video card. In case you already installed it (long time ago), you need to update the drivers. Check the video card manufacturer for updates.

Good luck.

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Hold down the power button of the computer tower for 10 seconds, this will drain remaining from the motherboard.

Plug back in the power sources for the monitor and computer tower.

Power on the monitor first, make sure the monitor power button will turn green then amber.

Power on the computer tower.

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3. If you were not able to access safe mode then try again step 1, when you reach the option screen then select "last known good configuration".

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