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Maybe video adapter

Last monday, turned on the computer the light came and the fan. The moniter also made the usual noise that is was going to light up, but no picture nothing. Also the mouse's red light did not come on. I switched moniters and still nothing. What should i do.
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(I'd like to stress that this is mostly speculative. Please don't read this as gospel or a guaranteed fix; it's just an idea or two.)

True, it may be the video adapter. But there are a number of different things that can cause a computer to not display anything during its boot, even though you can tell it's booting. The best thing to try first is (and only if you're comfortable digging in a computer) unplug all the peripherals in the machine (e.g. HDD, CD, etc.) and RAM and (if it's an add-on card) the video card and turn on the computer. Obviously, it won't boot properly, but as you slowly add components back in (one at a time) you might find the culprit.
Basically, a problem like this can be traced back to either a short/static build-up in some component or a failing/dead video adapter. If you're getting absolutely no display (which your description indicates) it's definitely a hardware issue of some sort.

Of course, it really helps to have a P.O.S.T. card handy to determine exactly what's going on and most computer shops you take a machine to will have one. Often, local shops will diagnose a problem for free or a nominal fee.

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