My Mag 19inch LCD monitor does not display the bios post during boot up but only starts displaying when Windows boots. My graphics card is a Sapphire 3850 256meg. When I switched monitors to a Samsung 22inch LCD, the bios post is visible and everything is normal. I then switched graphics card to a Sapphire X1950Pro and tried this with the Mag monitor. I was able to see the bios post again. The problem is confined to the Mag monitor and the 3850 graphics card which only displays once Windows starts and does not show the bios post. The cable used is an 18pin single link DVI cable. Do you think a dual link cable might solve the problem?
I have no experience with the DVI links because such technology is still unavailable here in Argentina. We have DVI video cards but finding a suitable DVI monitor is another (long) story. I think that your card (that has 2 DVI ports) is initializing one port first (the primary one) and then, when windows starts, it initializes the other and outputs video from both ports. Try connecting the monitor in the other DVI port. If your card has a VGA output, the VGA gets initialized first.
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Good observation on the external monitor piece. Check if the
notebook display works fine when you enter BIOS (F2 during start-up) or during
diagnostics (Fn+Power). If the issue persists on these steps then it's a faulty
LCD. Do keep me updated on the status.
It sounds like your LCD might be bad. The fact that you can see the display on an external monitor tells you that your video card on the motherboard is ok. Is it booting all the way into windows so that you can see the desktop on the external monitor? Take a flash light and look real hard at the LCD on the laptop. Sometimes you might be able to faintly see the same thing you are seeing on the external monitor. If you can faintly see the icons or desktop that means your LCD Inverter is bad. If you see nothing, you screen probably needs to be replaced. I would find another repairman because you don't need to know anything about the bios to replace the lcd monitor. Look on ebay and type in "Dell Inspiron 1525 LCD Screen" . Set the options to "Buy It Now" so that you can only see the items you can buy and not bid on. Also set the Sort By to: "Price + Shipping Lowest First". The first thing you will see are LCD Inverters that can be purchased new for under $10, then you will see used LCD Screens from $50 - $75. A new LCD Screen for your system can be purchased as low as $86.69. Also notice that it shows that the screen will not only fit your dell inspiron 1525, but also the 1501, 1505, 1520 and 1526, so once again it sounds like you need to boot the repairman that says you need to know the bios number. If you need a good hones repairman try: http://www.generalsystemsconsulting.com They will fix it and ship it back to you for less than any quote you get including the shipping. I had a friend that got a quote from HP of almost $400 to replace the screen, they did it for $155
If you see power lights but nothing appears on the screen, it could be a "POST" (Power-on Self Test) problem or simply LCD problem.
Here are some steps that you can try.
1. Remove the battery and the ac adapter then press the power button for at least 20 seconds to drain electric charges left from the system. (You may need to repeat this step to get it work.)
2. If above step doesn't work, try to plug in an external monitor and see if you get display from the external monitor. You may need to press the Fn + F4 or F5, depends on the key designed on the keyboard to toggle between displays.
3. If you get display from the external monitor, I'm sure your having problem with the LCD components. In this case, check and replace faulty LCD backlight, LCD cable or LCD inverter. The LCD inverter is often a culprit.
4. Try to reinsert the memory module/s (RAM) of the unit, try using one RAM at a time to see if it works. A faulty RAM will cause the issue not to POST.
5. If reinserting the RAM doesn't help, most likely your motherboard needs to be replaced.
When does it happen?
During Self test? Try this by unplugging the cable that connects to your tower and see if the self test runs. if it does, then your monitor still works. If it doesn't you might need to replace your LCD
During BIOS? If it works then your monitor still works. If it doesn't you might need to replace your LCD
During Windows? then you might need to adjust your display properties or reinstall your video card drivers.
You might have it connected using the wrong port on the back of your computer. The monitor will display the BIOS and post messages but once it gets to windows it will turn off. The other possibility is you need to either reload the driver for your video card, change the default display device in the bios, or replace your video card.
Don't worry about it. During boot time, the input to the monitor is set to a different resolution (640X480 for plain text). The monitor remembers settings for different resolution inputs, and the position is wrong but it's not a monitor problem as such. You could adjust the position and the display would be properly centered, but it's not worth the effort. Once the system starts Windows and the resolution switches to your normal settings, the display looks right. Once in Windows, you can't even set the resolution low enough to adjust the monitor; Windows won't go below 800X600 pixels.
If the problem related to wrong PC (video adapter) settings, during boot-up, right after BIOS started, press F8 button to call OS startup menu, choose there 'VGA Mode', then OS will be loaded with basic VGA settings (640x480 250 colors), so you will be able to set other display settings, proper for your monitor. But all that, of course, won't be possible if the monitor itself shuts down, that would be completely different story. Confirm what exactly is wrong, Display Settings or the monitor itself?
The BIOS is sending the display information to the monitor but, when you turn your PC on, the LCD will be sleeping and it will take 1~2 seconds to wake up when receiving the display signal. The monitor is working and even if the BIOS messages aren't displayed, you can still press the correct keystrokes to get to the SETUP screen or press PAUSE in the keyboard to see what's going on in the POST. If your LCD has a bicolor LED indicating the status (Standby/On) keep looking at it, when the LCD gets the video data, the LED turns instantly from amber to Green or blue even if the screen is still black. This way you can have an idea when the LCD gets the initial video signal and to press the keys accordingly. Your PC will also delay the video output from the secondary video card because it's detected after the onboard card.