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Monitor is blank on Dell 3100

Trying to update graphics. Inserted new Nvidia 128mb graphics card. Uninstalled integrated graphics adapter. Turned PC off. Tried to turn PC back on. Screen is completely blank. Computer sounds like it is booting up as normal but absolutely nothing appears on screen at any time. I am using Windows XP home edition SP3.

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  • crbmc1 Mar 13, 2009

    Thank you Jimi1969. Did try but was unable to get safe mode. Screen totally blank. Thanks also to you bunnydawg but are you refering to the software? The graphics adapter I have is integrated. I don't know how to reinstall the driver without a screen.

  • crbmc1 Mar 14, 2009

    Thank you very much for your help. That last suggestion worked perfectly. I still have to work out the graphics card installation but I shall just try some different combinations until it works.

  • crbmc1 Mar 14, 2009

    Thank you very much for your help. That last suggestion worked perfectly. I still have to work out the graphics card installation but I shall just try some different combinations until it works.


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Reinstall the graphics adaptor and ensure the computer hasn't been toggled onto the external video.... there should be a fn key and another key that looks like a monitor

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    Roberta Smith Mar 13, 2009

    remove the video card you have installed... and hook up the monitor to the internal video.. that should give you video again


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Try starting in safe mode and then change setting

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I have a Dell Dimension 2350 that will display the Dell start up screen but then the the screen goes black. I have solid green power lights on the tower and monitor and the diagnostic lights are all on...

Yes, perhaps there's a problem with the graphics.

If you are using Integrated Graphics, try using a graphics card.
If you are using a graphics card, replace it with another one.

If I may;

1) GPU:
Graphics Processing Unit.

Essentially the graphics 'engine'.

If the GPU is soldered directly to the motherboard, this is Integrated Graphics.
Another name for Integrated Graphics is Onboard graphics.
On the motherBoard.

If the GPU is mounted on a removable Printed Circuit Board, (PCB), it is a graphics card.

(Also known as Video Card, Graphics Adapter Card, and Video Adapter Card)

[ Some examples of GPU's;

A) Intel:


(AMD bought out ATI)

C) Nvidia:

Although you have not indicated hearing any BIOS Beep Codes, I would like you to humor me.

Remove all ram memory module/s, (Computer unplugged from power, Anti-Static Precautions observed), and clean the gold plated contact pins with a pencil eraser.

Remove the eraser dust with air, (Compressed air for computers, or air pressure from your mouth may be sufficient), then reinstall the ram memory module/s. ('Sticks')

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My m.board is directly power on and not giving any display mother board model is via- vt82c686b

Bear with me as this will be lengthy.

You're looking at a VIA Southbridge chip.


The Northbridge chip, and Southbridge chip, make up the motherboard chipset.
(For the technology used in that motherboard)

In the motherboard diagram above, CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.

The Northbridge chip of the motherboard chipset, handles the faster processes of the computer.
The Southbridge chip handles the slower processes.

The Northbridge chip handles the Processor, Ram Memory, and high speed graphics.
High speed graphics being AGP, or PCI Express.

Not a graphics card inserted into a PCI slot, and not Integrated Graphics.

The Southbridge chip handles Integrated Graphics, or a graphics card inserted into a PCI slot, or any adapter card inserted into a PCI slot.
Anything to do with a PCI bus.

It also handles IDE devices such as an IDE harddrive, (Or harddrives), and IDE optical drive/s, (CD/DVD), plus SATA devices.

Plus it handles USB ports, an Ethernet port, and so on.
[The rest of the slower processes are detailed in the motherboard diagram]

The Northbridge chip on your motherboard will be under a Heatsink.
The Heatsink is glued on to the top of the chip.

(Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit)

This photo shows a typical motherboard, and the Heatsink on the Northbridge chip,

In the center of the photo you will see a square aluminum looking object, that has fins on it.
This is a Heatsink, and it's attached to the top of the Northbridge chip's case.

You can left-click on the photo to enlarge it. You can click twice.

(This Asus A8N-VM CSM motherboard, uses an Nvidia Northbridge chip, and an Nvidia Southbridge chip. The VIA chip you see is a Firewire controller chip. VT6307)

To your problem;

1) If your monitor cable is removable, remove it, and use a KNOWN to be good one. Check to see if it's a bad monitor cable.
If the monitor cable is not removable, use a Known to be good monitor, and it's cable.

2) The problem could be the Integrated Graphics on your motherboard. The GPU could be bad.
(Assuming you're not using a graphics card)

[ Integrated Graphics, and GPU:

GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit. It is a chip.

The GPU could be soldered directly to the motherboard, or soldered to a removable adapter card.

Soldered to the motherboard = Integrated Graphics.
Another term used for Integrated Graphics is OnBoard graphics.
ON the motherBOARD.

Integrated graphics used on your motherboard, will have a blue VGA port that you plug your monitor into.
Newer motherboards will use either a VGA port, or a DVI port, (White), or both.

Soldered to a removable adapter card = Graphics Card.
Also known as a Video Card ]

The way you would test to see if Integrated Graphics is bad, on your motherboard, is to use a graphics card.

3) A VERY large percentage of computer problems is a bad Power Supply. Weak voltage power rail.

Has enough power to light LED lights, and spin fans, but not enough to turn the Processor on.

A) ALL of the LED lights combined use less than 1 Watt of power.

B) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts

C) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts.
(Older Processor's, such as an Intel Pentium III for example, use less power)

No processor operating, No computer.
No computer = No Signal on the monitor.
No video signal.

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Assuming I understand you correctly, and you are able to use the Integrated Graphics;

1) Download the driver, and install it. If you are asked, if you wish to restart your computer - NO.

2) Close all windows, shut your computer down normally.

3) Unplug from power. Connect the monitor to the graphics card now, instead of the Integrated Graphics.

Press the Power On button in, and hold it in for a count of 5 seconds. (Count 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005. Has to be at least 5 seconds)

Let go of the Power On button.
Do this procedure two more times.

You are clearing CMOS Error Codes, and resetting the BIOS back to the factory default settings.

4) Plug back into power. WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

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What dual video card is compatible with the M52?

The 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT Dual-VGA or Dual-DVI, TV-Out Graphics Card (43R1962)

The 128MB ATI RADEON X300 VGA, VGA PCI-e Dual Head Graphics Adapter (40Y8405)
The 64MB NVIDIA GeForce 6200 VGA PCI-e Dual Head ThinkCentre Graphics Adapter (73P2517)
The 256MB ATI Radeon X1300 Dual-VGA or Dual-DVI, TV-out PCI-Express Graphics Adapter (41U5028)
The 128MB ATI RADEON X300SE Dual-VGA or Dual-DVI Dual Head ThinkCentre and Lenovo PCI-e graphics adapter (41U4813)
The 128MB ATI RADEON X700 VGA, DVI-I, TV-Out PCI-e Dual Head ThinkCentre Graphics Adapter (73P2518)

All above are compatible with the ThinkCentre M52. Hope this helps, Best Regards, - md

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How do I do about resetting the bios to see if my monitor issue is the graphics card that is causing the problem?

Hey Hi Mary,

Well if your system has an EXPANSION GRAPHIC CARD then in order to find out if the GRAPHIC CARD has gone bad u actually need to remove it from the system then hook up the monitor in the INTEGRATED VIDEO PORT. If the monitor works well and good then its the GRAPHIC CARD which has gone bad.

Because until the GRAPHIC CARD is installed in the system the system by default keep ignoring the INTEGRATED GRAPHIC CARD it will not even detect whether the system has an INTEGRATED GRAPHIC CARD or not..

Kindly Reply Back If You Need Any Help..

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