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Black screen on my desktop, and connect pins are broken & bent

My Emachines T2245 desktop computer when I press the power button on the CPU the pc will boot up, but my monitor screen is black. No Emachines screen or Windows XP screen and I am unable to get to my Windows XP desktop or my start menu. I can't see anything it 100% black. Yesterday, I had carry-in my CPU to Best Buy and GeekSquad did a System Analysis, the tech told me the motherboard and the modem is working propertly. When I check my monitor cable cords. I seems like the connector pins are bent or broken. Could this be the cause of me not be able to get to my Windows XP screen?

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You'll get either no signal or missing color(s) if pins are bent or missing.

Carefully bend pins back with small needle-nose pliers. Pin 9 is missing by default - if any other pins are missing or broken, you'll need an expert to wire a new VGA plug.

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Emacnine monitor is 100% black. I bought a new monitor and its not receiving any signal. Can you help?

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Geek Squad! lol! (Sorry, I don't have much faith in them) If they did a 'System Analysis', they could have just plugged in a monitor, and seen if your monitor was the problem! YOU can too!

(They should have told you that your computer was fine, and plugging a good working monitor in, is all you need)

Yes, bent, and/or broken pins in a monitor cable, will result in your findings.
Computer off, and unplugged. See if any broken pins are present in the VGA connector on your motherboard. These need to be removed, if so.

This is a photo of a VGA connector,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:VGA_port.jpg
(If the above link doesn't work for you, go here,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA
Top right photo -> DE15F- VGA Port)

If your monitor cable pins are broken, and it is attached directly to your monitor, this cable will have to be replaced by a pro. This is the pinout for
a VGA connector,
http://pinouts.ru/Video/VGA15.shtml

If no pins are broken, you can try to straighten them out. Use CAUTION, as bending them too far, or too much bending back, and forth, will break them off! I use a mechanical pencil, (Like an EverSharp for example), with the lead removed.
It fits over the pins nicely! Move slow, and ease the bent pin back to a vertical position.

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All modern monitors will display some kind of screen in the absence of an input signal. Unfortunately, you didn't include the make/model number of the monitor itself but those supplied with eMachines systems will display a message telling your that the monitor is OK but not receiving any input signal. Leaving the video cable disconnected should cause the message to appear, sometimes after a delay but generally immediately. Pressing the 'Menu'  button on the front panel of the unit should also cause a display. If you are not getting any display, the monitor itself has probably failed.
If you have a small portable radio, tune it across the AM band while holding it close to the monitor. This should create a good bit of static if the high voltage (horizontal) circuit is running. If it isn't, the monitor will remain black.   

Posted on May 22, 2009

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