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The plug that the monitor connects to has two prongs that you screw into one prong has broken off

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The "prong" is actually a screw. you can remove it with a good needle nosed pliers. If you have an old computer you can take one off and screw it in your vga port where the old one was.

The problem with the bios, Please give me more info. Were you trying to update it when it happened?

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My desktop computer loses power when I plug the 4 prong power connector into the motherboard. I have tried a new power supply but it does the same thing

Maybe we need more information. The motherboard needs that connector. Is it disconnecting physically? Check the plastic clasp that hold it in place. Be sure the large ATX connector is connected properly. Unplug then plug it back in.
What do you mean by it loses power? Are the fans running when it is plugged in? Do the fans run when it is not plugged in? Try unplugging everything except your video card, CPU, RAM, and keyboard. Plug the ATX connectors in including the 4 prong one. If it still doesn't work check your capacitors. They are the cylinder looking cans soldered on the motherboard. Are they bulging or leaking? Might be time for a new motherboard. Good luck.

Feb 10, 2014 | PC Desktops

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Just go a dell precision 380 hook up for the monitor has 3 prongs and the computer has 2 what do I need to hook it up.

On the left side are different views. I am looking at the REAR view

At the Bottom, of the Rear of the computer, are 6 expansion slot openings.
Two of the expansion slot openings have an adapter card in them.
The other 4 are covered with an expansion slot cover. (Metal)

One of the adapter cards is a Graphics Card.

Looking at the Back of the computer, and from Left to Right;
there is a;

1) S-Video port
Black in color, round in shape

2) DVI port
White in color, parallelogram in shape

3) VGA port
Blue in color, parallelogram in shape

This article shows a graphics card with the same setup,


You can use the S-Video port, or the VGA port, or the DVI port; to connect a monitor.
However out of all three, the DVI port is the best.

VGA is Analog.
Your computer puts out a digital signal. (Digital video signal)

DVI is Digital Visual Interface. In otherwords - Digital.
Therefore DVI is the best.

Armed with the above information, can you clarify more about your problem?

For example;

Monitor cable has three prongs........

Using the above information, can you tell me what monitor cable it is?

Computer has two...........

Can you tell me where on the computer, you are trying to plug the monitor into?

Please post back in a Comment.

Apr 18, 2013 | Dell Precision PC Desktops

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EMachines T2958 Destktop Computer Power Problems

There are several things to think about here. First off, you have *six* wires ... 3 pairs ;-)

1. Your computer only *NEEDS* to have the power switch wires (the black/white pair) connected, so if you can figure out where to hook these up, the computer will work. The "LED"'s are just lights so that *you* can tell it's on and when the hard disk is being used.

2. I can't say for sure, but most manufacturers put these wires into some sort of arrangement that plugs into a one-way connector ... in other words, the wires are all ganged together in one "plug" and there is a tab or projection or slot that keeps you from putting the wires in the wrong way. If your wire sets are connected in one plug, it's should be fairly simple. From the sound of it, though, they're separate, so keep reading.

3. Make sure your computer is plugged into power. Take a pair of needle-nose pliers with rubber handles and place the point between each set of two prongs, so it is "bridging" between them. You will be completing a circuit with the nose of the pliers (it's fairly low power, but use the rubber handled pliers anyway for safety). When the computer starts, you'll have found the two prongs that the black/white pair should be attached to. It doesn't matter whether the black goes to one and the white to the other; it's just a switch.

After this, you've only got 2 wire pairs and 4 prongs left, so trial and error should allow you to connect the other wires. I'd start with the Green/White pairs first. When the computer is ON, the LED for power should also be ON.

Good luck with your troubleshooting!

Apr 27, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I'm looking for fan 3-prong fan slot on the system board for an IBM Intellistation 6218-57U. Can only find 4-prong at this time. Help!

I just use the fans that have an in-line plug on them. They can be plugged into the same power ends your cd or hddisk use. They don't take the power cord away and the drives can be used with the fan plugged in.

Nov 30, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Are there prongs on the back of the Compaq Presario CQ5210F Desktop PC to hook a monitor up or what kind of connectivity?

Uhhh Yea it is called a VGA plug it is in the bottom right hand side on the computer????

Nov 17, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Where does the pwr sw plug go to on the motherboard

There is no way to tell you exactly where it goes without knowing the make and model of the motherboard. However all motherboard label the connection point on the board itself. What you are looking for is usually located in the lower right hand corner of the board and in most cases it will be labeled "F_PANEL" for front panel. There will be one or two rows of metal prongs if there are other items located on the front such as LED's or a reset switch simply follow the wires because all the front panel displays and switches are located in the same place.. These prongs will be grouped in 2s 3s and 4s.
The tricky part is reading the small print located near the prongs. They will be abbreviated such as +PW-(power switch), +RES- (reset switch), +PWR LED- (power led indicator), +HD- (hard drive activity indicator).
The + and - don't really apply to the power switch so you don't have to worry about that.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need any other info or are just unclear about anything.

Oct 15, 2009 | Gateway DX4200-09 PC Desktop

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Yellow tint on screen

Hello mac71ncheese,

Sometime it's the simple things that go wrong. Have you tried to unplug the monitor from the back of the computer and look to see if their are any of the prong's bent. If so get a screw driver and make it straight up again. Or if they're not bent, just try and reset the plug back into the computer, all they while the computer is on is fine. Sometimes when the cables come loose they will be yellowish, or greenish or just red. It's worth a try!

Good Luck, and don't forget to leave a rating,

Thanks Mark

Apr 23, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Computer not resopnding

You need to open the casing of your computer and see if your hard drive is set to master or slave. If the white tab is on the first two prongs then it's set to master however if it's on the second set of prongs then it's set to the slave which then you need to switch it to the first two prongs and then you should be good. You also should check and see if the cables leading from the hard drive to the CPU board are correctly connected.

Apr 07, 2009 | Dell Dimension E310 PC Desktop

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No just connect the 15 prong vga plug and dont worry about the 24 prong one15 prong is vga and 24 is dvi both are for video and will not affect the sound. The audio should have a jack plug on it.

Dec 03, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

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