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Dell ultrasharp 15 inch flat panel lcd has no power and does not turn on at all

When I push the power button and nothing happens. What can that be. In there fuses I could check? Can some help me with Ideas? ALOHA

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Disconnect the monitor from the computer, then turn it on. You should see three bands of color (red, green, and blue), which is the self-test feature of the monitor. If you can see all three colors, the monitor itself is probably OK, and it will mean that you need to check the connector on the monitor cable, the connector on the back of the videocard in the back of the computer, or reseat the videocard itself. One of the connectors could be damaged, or you could have a bent, broken, or missing pin within the connector. If a pin is bent and touching the shell of the connector, it can send the video signal to ground, making the monitor appear to be dead. BE VERY CAREFUL if you try to straighten the pin; they are fragile, and if you break the pin off completely, you will have even more problems to deal with... If one or two of the color bands are not visible, the LCD monitor is defective, and you'll have to decide whether it is cheaper to repair it, or simply to replace it... If you still can't locate the problem after checking the system as I've described, get another monitor to test the computer with. If the second monitor works properly, you most likely have a problem with the Dell LCD; if the problem still exists after switching monitors, then you most likely have a problem with the computer, and NOT with the Dell monitor...

Posted on Apr 01, 2007

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