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Dell Dimension 5100. Nothing on the screen when boot up. Screen is fine with other computers. I have now replaced the cmos battery and there is no difference. Could it be the graphics card. How would you test it?

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Base from the description of your problem this can really be a video card problem, what you can do here first is to power off the computer unplug the video card from the motherboard and then clean the golden pins of it user a eraser then put it back in and power ON the computer and check if that fix the problem, but if still same problem check if your motherboard has a built in video card then if it does unplug the video card from it and use the built to connect your monitor and if it does work the video card is bad but if it didn't work the problem can be the motherboard already. But to further test the video card its better if you connect it to another computer and see if that will work or not because if it work on a different computer the problem is the motherboard.

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