I just recently removed my IBM Aptiva E series 21U from storage hoping I could just plus it in and use it. The computer seems to be working fine however when I plus the monitor (C51) into the computer the screen goes totally black - no words, nothing. Also, when I plug the keyboard into the computer that doesn't work either.
I am a novice for sure and have no idea what to do. I don't think I am submitting this question in the right area. Please help me!!!
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When you say the pc is working fine, it's hard to tell if there is no visual from the monitor.
Are you getting the 2 usual spaced beeps when your pc boots up, is your keyboard ps2(normal pin type plug or USB)check you have keyboard and mouse in their correct connectors (mouse-green plug, keyboard-purple plug)
I'ts more than likely had a bit of banging about in storage and especially if it's been in a cool area, then placed in your house, there may well be condensation points inside which may take a few days to dry out.
Try your monitor in a friends pc to eliminate that first.
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Go to www.google.com and type: "Ibm Aptiva Support or Lenovo Support" in the search (without the quotes). Go to their drivers and download site, enter your computer's model and operating system. Look for Manuals or Documents on the site to download.
Sounds like the older computer is a 98 machine - Data Traveler does not have 98 drivers due to its size. Your best bet is to find a smaller flash drive that is 98 compatible - or depending on the size of the data you could e-mail it to yourself.
I finally found a web site that is devoted to the unofficial support of IBM Aptiva computers. http://home.ptd.net/~don5408 This site had graphics showing what to push in what direction to get the thing open.
OK Win98 doesn't play well with USB, when Win98 came out USB was very new, and NOT supported properly untill Win98SE... and even then it is a pain and real problematical. I would suggest you get a Ethernet connected DSL modem.. Else ya gonna have no end of problems regardless of what ya do including "Flashing" I think that model PC has Ethernet built in? otherwise get a PCI Ethernet Card and use that instead of USB.. ya be good to go. I would also upgrade if possible to Win98SE PLUS install ALL Updates there are still Win98 suport on the net, simply Google for it.. good Luck.