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#1 azyardies

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:36 AM

Hi, This is the problem that has happened only like 4 time in the last 2 or so months:
I start up my computer. I hear everything power up and all but the monitor screen does not show what is starting up because it stays "off".

I manually shut off the pc and try to restart manually again. It either does the same thing or It successfully powers up & can see my DELL /Windows XP powering up as it should to the welcome area. I have no trouble after as my pc stays on for the majority of the day.

So it has happened only a handful of times. On this 8 year old Dell windows XP sp2 desktop pc, I have been grateful that it only has had to have the PSU replaced.

Could it be the monitor itself.? That was my first thought.
Or is something else going on that I need to address and maybe test. Can I test my pc using an online site to see what it could be?
Thanks in advance...

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:01 AM

Could be the monitor, or video card, or power supply.
Try another monitor, or THIS monitor with another working computer before you for a new power supply.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:25 AM

Hi Broni and thanks for your fast reply. I may have to test it like you said putting the monitor on another computer. It will be hard being that the problem occurs so randomly and not often.

I replaced the PSU maybe like 1 year ago and was bought new. So I dont think it could be that because the computer is NOT shutting off. Its the screen that wont light up (unless I restart it until it does)-
SO let me ask this...If it happens again, will this work?:
* I go grab another monitor and plug it in without turning off the computer>THis way, I can see if another monitor will work when I am having this issue.
I ask that because I dont know if all the hardware (keyboards, mouse, monitors, etc need to be plugged in prior to start up for the pc to recognize them?)

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 11:28 AM

No. You can't switch monitor, while the computer is on. You can fry video card.

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