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Hp Pavilion won't input to monitor.


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#1 krillanr

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:32 PM

We just bought a Hp Pavilion p6-2133w, we hooked it up to a sony monitor, we had to hook them up with a adapter that takes the dvi-d from the computer and adapts it to vga for the monitor. The problem is the monitor doesn't act like it is reading the signal. Assistance would be greatly appreciated so I can get my grandad online again.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:07 PM

If it's an older monitor on a newer computer, the computer may be outputting video not compatible with an older monitor. Try hooking it up to a new monitor so you can see, go into control panel, click display, click change resolution, change the video settings to output to 800x600, and try hooking it back up to the old monitor.

I've seen this happen in a video-teleconference facility where users are hooking up new laptops outputting at 1600, when the displays can only handle up to 1280.

Edited by ShadyD, 11 July 2012 - 03:41 PM.


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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:46 PM

Thank ya ShadyD, I'm afraid we don't have a usable monitor but we will go buy a new monitor to fit the new computer, thank ya sir.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:59 PM

Is the old monitor a CRT or a flatscreen? If its a flatscreen, maybe you just have a bad dvi to vga converter (just before you blow the money on a new monitor). Also, technically, if it's a straight DVI-D to VGA connection, it probably won't work with an older analog monitor. DVI-D means digital. An older analog monitor won't work, and then yeah, you'll have to get a new monitor. Sometimes the card will be spit out analog as well, and you can use a DVI-A to VGA, but not always.

If it's an old CRT, a new flatscreen with a DVI connector will do you good.

That was a terrible explination I just realized. Short answer, a new monitor is more expensive but your best bet.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:25 PM

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with a adapter that takes the dvi-d from the computer and adapts it to vga for the monitor

If it truly is a DVI-D then that is a digital only, and VGA is analog only.
I see from the specs that it has two DVI-D and no analog capability.

On this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface
you can see the DVI connector with the four pins, two above and two below the flat bar. Those pins are what carry the VGA signal. If the video out does not have them The a DVI to VGA can not work.

You will either have to put a PCI express video card in or use a monitor that has a digital DVI input.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Roger

Edited by rotor123, 11 July 2012 - 04:28 PM.

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#6 krillanr

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:42 AM

It is a flatscreen, but we went ahead and bought a new monitor, now I'm having another issue, but it is posted so unless yall want me to give a link in this topic I reckon I'm good and Thank you very much for your help. Tech may be my obsession, but it sure is a pain when ya don't know what the problem is. By the way if you want to see the other problem just check out my I/O Error Topic. Thanks yall from me and my grandad (who owns the computer).




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