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Dell C521 Where to connect monitor?

I recently bought a new monitor for my DELL C521. When I first plugged it in it was fine but when I rebooted Igot this message.

''This computer has an add-in graphics card, but the monitor cable is plugged into the integrated video connector.
To attach the monitor cable to the add-in graphics card:
1. Shut down the computer
2. Plug the monitor cable into the add-in graphics card connector.You may require a video adapter or a video adapter cable.
3. Turn on the computer''

The problem is that there is no where else to plug in the monitor cable.

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  • joanne__king Feb 15, 2009

    Perfect.Thanks for the help.

  • Mike4821 Mar 01, 2009

    I bought a reconditioned Dell C521 and have no monitor cable. I see from checking online that the video card is a Radeon X1300 Pro. The connector at the back of the computer is white and has 4 rows each of about 25 tiny holes. What type of connector is this please?

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This means that you have an external video card (which is not outside the computer). This video card will be plugged into the motherboard. That message is saying that the port on the back of the computer that your monitor is plugged into is the wrong one. You need to look for another port on the back of the computer.

Here is a picture of a VGA port that you should use if you have a VGA cable to connect the monitor (Blue Ends).
http://news.softpedia.com/images/reviews/large/VGA.jpg

Here is a picture of a DVI port that you should use if you have a DVI cable to connect the monitor (White Ends).
http://zedomax.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/dvi.jpg

So depending on the cable and connections that are available on your computer and your monitor depends on what you have to use. I hope that wasn't too confusing. Let me know if you need more info.

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I am connected to that port and have been all along and the monitor worked fine. Now I am getting the error message below so what could I do to fix it now.

To attach the monitor cable to the add-in graphics card:
1. Shut down the computer
2. Plug the monitor cable into the add-in graphics card connector.You may require a video adapter or a video adapter cable.
3. Turn on the computer''

The problem is that there is no where else to plug in the monitor cable.

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This means that you have an external video card (which is not outside the computer). This video card will be plugged into the motherboard. That message is saying that the port on the back of the computer that your monitor is plugged into is the wrong one. You need to look for another port on the back of the computer

Here is a picture of a VGA port that you should use if you have a VGA cable to connect the monitor (Blue Ends).
http://news.softpedia.com/images/reviews/large/VGA.jpg

Here is a picture of a DVI port that you should use if you have a DVI cable to connect the monitor (White Ends).
http://zedomax.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/dvi.jpg

So depending on the cable and connections that are available on your computer and your monitor depends on what you have to use. I hope that wasn't too confusing. Let me know if you need more info.

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