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Hp w1907 monitor not detecting vgi input from original HP x3122 computer

Before this happened it would freeze every so often. even when shutting down, it would stay on the "shutting down" screen for way too long. but, now when i turn it on it says the monitor cant detect a signal from the vgi or dvi input, and this computer only came with the vgi input....?

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  • kvilleblader May 20, 2009

    yea it might be the video card. i was told that by a couple other people. the fans don't come on and i don't believe its making the usual noises when starting up. so how would i address this hard drive problem..? i've reseated the video connection twice. what do i do?? how much are video cards?



    thanks by the way tony

    -mathias

  • kvilleblader May 21, 2009

    okay i will do another test by turning it on.. usually there is a green light that stays on the back. i turn it on and lights come on. i really can't say much about the fans, they wouldn't come on too often to begin with. but i will try it again and document all that happens. should i try it with another monitor?? i hope its mainly the video card.. i was actually about to sell it for really cheap since i need to money right now, but i've got files i need and wanted to clean it up before i sell it. finding that to be a PROBLEM. lol : / well thanks for all your help, really.

    THANKS

    -mathias

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It sounds like your computer has been having some trouble for some time. My hunch is that there is nothing wrong with the monitor at all.

Usually, when you see this warning on the screen that there is no signal, the monitor is trying to tell you that it cannot talk to the computer. This means the computer either a.) will not boot or b.) your video card in the computer has stopped working.

Does your computer make all the usual noises when you start it up? Can you hear the hard drive clicking and the fans come on?

Have you reseated the video connection on the back of the tower?

My guess is that something was going out before and it is now gone. The first place I would look to diagnose this problem is the hard drive.

Hard drives fade to fail sometimes, and when they are fading, the entire computer becomes painfully slow.

Hope this helps
good luck
tony

Posted on May 19, 2009

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    tony price May 20, 2009

    If you are not getting any fans to come on, can you see any lights on the unit when you press the button to turn it on?



    It is possible that you have many problems that need to be addressed. If there are no lights, then we have a power issue. This can usually be repaired by replacing the power supply.



    it's only 4 screws, so it shouldn't be a big deal, however, we want to make sure of what it is we are fixing.



    If the lights come on, but nothing goes to the monitor, and no fans come on, it may be problems with the motherboard itself.



    If you can hear fans, see lights, and still nothing on the monitor, then video card is the first place to look. Even without a hard drive, (which is what I still believe was making it run painfully slow) the computer would send a signal to the monitor. There are many things you can do without a hard drive (like CMIOS settings or load DOS from a floppy, as examples).



    So, look for lights. Then, let's look to a video card.



    However, it may end up costing less and being a faster fix to purchase a new computer. It's great to learn about how these things work, and I hope I've helped with that, but with computers, it is very easy to go upside down with repairs.



    good luck

    .tony

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