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Signal Cable Problem

Hi,
I recently came acrossed a problem with a computer I was building. I had a lot of really old parts, and just to get back to basics, I decided to build a computer equal to those that came out several years back. I wanted to build a computer for simple Word processing and possibly Internet. I took an old “a micro” tower with a motherboard that used an old socket 7 processor. I put a 200 Mhz processor in as well as a 10 Gig Hard Drive. I also added two sticks of 128 RAM, a 230-Watt power supply, a 40x CD Drive, and a Floppy. Once I started it, it started to boot but on the boot screen I saw I had accidentally hooked up the Hard Drive as a slave. I then turned it off and moved the little pin over into the master position. Afterwards I turned the computer back on, but then, on the monitor screen, I got a little blue box that said “Please Check Signal Cable”. I checked and made sure it was plugged in and tried anything I could think of, from restarting to opening up the tower and investigating inside. Nothing worked. I’m sure the tower is probably fine; I only moved the little pin. I even added an 80 Gig with no OP system as a slave but I couldn’t get it going. Does anyone out there have any ideas or solutions?

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  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Hey, I tryed my other moniter, no dice. I took the moniter that was giving me the "Please Check Signal Cable" and plugged it into my computer and it works just fine. I'm actually posting this from it. Any other Ideas?

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Hey, there is only one card on the back of the tower and it looks like an moniter cable plug. Not the plug in, as it has the prongs sticking out, nto a place for prongs. I don't believe, i have encountered soemting like it before so I have no idea wha tit is. Other than that there are no other cards. Perhaps it is integrated?

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    What good is a serial DB9? Well, from the stats I gave before, I dought that it will be worth geting a new card... I'll to check and see if I already have one. Also, will it need a driver? Because I'm sure I have a card but I don't have a driver.

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Ok I believe it is a, CreAtive Video Card. On the back are two stikers the first says "153-s66-4815-0575163" and the other says "S/N :M410031352613" Not sure if that helps. I only have about a year or so experaince with computers so I'm not sure if this is a video card. On the end that sticks out of the tower, there is three holes with this: the first looks like this ((( ))) with an arrow pointing into the circle, the second is a microphone, and the third is ((( ))) with an arrow pointing out.

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Dang, can you tell me exactly what the back will look like? I also have one with 2 phone lines ont the back and two holes that say mic and speaker?

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Ok, I have three very similar, (1=GraphicsBy Rage XL and the below that it says: 215R3LASB220 (2=Diamond Multimedia Stealth 3D) and (3=Trident 3D Image 9750). The Last one is really large with the moniter hook up but it is the only one with that round hook up on the back. The others just have moniter plugs.

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Ok, do you know where I can get the driver? Obviosuly I'll need it on a disk or something.... maybe a floppy?

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Will I ever need the driver? Where could I get it?

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Ok, I chose Windows XP Pro but I'm not sure what to click next.

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    alright thanks for the help, i'll definatly give you a full 4 blue box FixYa rating.

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Hye I have a prob. I tryed installing it but the hook up to the mother board was backwards. Should I use one of the other video cards? Do you have the driver for either of them?

  • Thunder Star Jan 13, 2008

    Ok, on the stealth it says: "S3 ViRGE On Board H1C3BB" and below that it says "86C325" and below that it says "9617 BA2132.1" and below that the last thing it says is "TAIWAN" There is also a sticker on the back that says "SN 2360701027158' and below that on the sticker it says "P/N 23030216-403". There is also a second sticker that is round and says "DMSI" with "T2" below the DMSI. Hope this helped, I really want to get this computer running.

  • ohiotom May 11, 2010

    The message is telling you the monitor is not getting a video signal. When you attempt to boot the computer do you hear any beeps? Tell me what you hear, if anything. Are the fans running when you turn the computer on? Do you see anything on the screen or just the message you posted? Does your motherboard have integrated video, or do you have a VGA card?

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Check the monitor plug that goes to the computer for bent pins. or try another monitor/or cable .

Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    Look in the BIOS and make sure that it is enabled.



    Your video card would be the next suspect.Take it out and see if it works elsewhere.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    If it is integrated, then you will have to get a PCI video card as this one is apparently bad.. The socket you describe is a serial DB9.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    The DB9 was used for a mouse connection years ago.

    Yes, you will need a driver. The manufacturer website should have one under its download section.. If you cant find one, let me know and I will try to find one for you. Just post the brand and model number.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    That is a sound card..

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    You have another sound card and a modem. Here is a video card

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    Video card.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    you dont need the round hookup.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    GraphicsBy Rage XL is the one to use. Install it and see if you get anything. you will probably not need the new driver yet. If it works then you may need it unless the windows driver is .

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    not giving you 32 bits.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html



    put it on a cd. or flash drive . put it on the desktop and doubleclick on it to install.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    lagacy, rage XL, GO

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    Thank you...

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    Is there a model number on the stealth?



    I will look it up in the morning..

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Jan 13, 2008

    They ended support of this card with win2000.



    Try loading it with the xp drivers. and see if it works. when you put it in, start up and see if windows finds them...

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