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Computer turns on, but there is no display on monitor.

My monitor stays completely black when I turn on the computer. I switched out the monitor with my other monitor (which works perfectly on my other computer) and had the same problem--black screen. Is the video card bad? I believe the video is built-in. Can I buy a video card and put it in one of the two open PCI slots?

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Re: Computer turns on, but there is no display on...

Im having the exact same problem it takes like 20 power ups for my video to display!! When it does my games work fine so i mean cant be my video card its running DX10 games (EVGA8800)


Posted on Jan 02, 2008

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Re: Computer turns on, but there is no display on...

The builtin video card is probably bad. Yes, you can get a PCI video card.

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