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I have an acer aspire e380 4400, i upgraded my video card to a msi 240gt 1gb. I have had nothing but problems trying to get my computer to run properly. Vista 64, 4 gb ram, 850 watt psu are the other upgrades i have made. I have done every update and downloaded every driver and still haveing probs. The main issue is that when i reboot after getting the new card working, the monitor "go's to sleep" and i have to plug the monitor back to the onboard nvidia 6150. Thank you, if you are able to help.

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You don't say what kind of monitor you have, but that's probably where the problem is. Most likely you have the new video card set for a higher resolution than the monitor can handle. When Windows starts up and switches to your settings, the monitor shuts down. Some monitors will display a message like "input signal out of range" before shutting off, but not all brands or models do.

Look up your model of monitor and find its maximum resolution, and don't set your card greater than that. Press the F8 key when your computer starts up after turning on the power, and choose the "start in VGA" option from the startup menu. This will allow Windows to come up with a resolution setting all monitors can handle. Then you can change your settings.

If you upgraded your video card because you have applications that require high resolutions that the monitor doesn't offer, you'll need to upgrade your monitor as well.

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