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How long have you waited for it to boot? I know some servers take forever before they send a signal to the monitor. However, if you're get the monitor test screen or "no signal" screen, this usually is a sign that the monitor is not getting any signal from the server, indicating a bad cable or loose connection or the like (though not always if it's still booting). Have you looked in the server cabinet to make sure nothing is broke on the on-board connection or something? Is the DVI port you mentioned on the external PCI card? What does it plug into? I'm guessing you've checked for any installed video cards. Is there another port on the front or anything under a panel?
If you have multiple video connections (onboard from motherboard, usually vertical or stand alone video card, usually horizontal) that you plug into the stand alone card, as the onboard is normally disabled when the expansion is installed. Verify the cable and monitor both work and that the monitor is on the correct input. Finally try another video card, if you have one available. Even if the drivers are not correct, etc, you should still see a boot screen.
First open look on the back off your pc and see if you have an onboard video card (closer to the power supply and pointed up and down or one much lower down towards the last two-thirds off the case....
If you have an onboard I would think it's toast but if you have a seperate video card swap it out for another one and if that don't work I would guess it's your motherboard.....
It means that your monitor is not getting a signal from your PC. Your monitor is fine though. You will need to plug the video cable from your monitor into the onboard video if you are using a graphics card. If you are not using a graphics card then you will probebly need to get a PC technition to diagnose the problem with your motherboard.
I know this is really old, but I had the same problem on my 206m 8584 with a pci-e x1 video card. I had to upgrade bios first, but nothing seemed to change, bios only showed onboard video as option and windows perfectly recognized the exta card. I went to windows video settings, it showed both video, onboard as main and active and extra as inactive, changed the second video to main and active and switched the plug to finally see my enhanced video. Only problem is that bios screen won't show up on pci-e card, so I start seeing something only after one minute :) Hopes this saves someone else some time.
The only suggestion I would have is to pop the liod off and plug in a video card (I know its a 1u unit, but keep the lid off - this is just to test. If the vid card you popped in gives an output then onboard is shafted, with a 1u, not much can be done apart from new mainboard... or just remote desktop from another machine if it boots?
Please expalin how you know "drives are good" (sic) As it would appear to me that this is indeed your problem? Unless as you say the video card has turned up it's toes. As you said the best way to check that is to enable the onboard Video and check, exactly what happens when you do that? Yes it will automatically use the video, it would install a generic video driver,and show video, are you sure the monitor is OK,have you swapped it out? Simply removing the Video card will automatically enable the onboard video, so you won't need to get inro BIOS. Check the RAM too, and remove any other cards in it.
try repeatadely pressing delete on startup with the monitor cable attached to your onboard graphics socket but keep the new graphics card in. then you should go into the bios. change the graphics setting to your graphics car and then save and reboot. it should now work from your new graphics card
Do the server has an onboard Video disable the video in the BIOS setup insert another PCI Video card and check for the display , IF the PCI display is up then there could be a problem with Onboard card.