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No output to monitor, light turns yellow

When i turn on my computer the inhibited light turns yellow with no video output

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Check to make sure the Video cable is still firmly seated on both computer and monitor. Next the case may need to be opened up to assure the graphics card has not been unseated from the main board.

Also make sure no pins have been bent or disturbed on each Item.
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