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Issues with computer starting up (graphics card issue possibly)


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#1 Azalthas

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 08:03 PM

Hey everyone,

 

I have an inconsistent issue with my computer. The current issue is that the computer boots up then a couple of seconds later it will go into sleep mode by itself and repeats that once more before the computer boots up and I hear the normal start up beep noise however, the monitor displays 'VGA No Signal'.

 

 

Computer Specs 

 

Dell Inspiron 545S 

Windows Vista Home Basic 

 

Graphics Card

ATI Radeon HD 4350 

Current Display Mode: 1024x768 (32 bit) (60Hz) 

 

(from gpu-z software)

512MB memory size 

DDR2(Hynix) Memory Type 

 
 

Additional specs

Intel ® Core ™2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz  2.80GHz

4.00GB RAM

32-bit Operating System

 

 

 

 

The Long Story 

 

I first noticed something was wrong when the computer started up but the monitor was not displaying anything except "VGA no signal". The computer has a DVI-VGA adapter which links the ATI Radeon graphics card to the VGA cable to my monitor. I reconnected the VGA cable to the built-in Intel graphics card and the monitor display worked again. I then bought a cheap $5 DVI-VGA adapter because I thought the current one was broken and I reconnected the VGA back to the ATI Radeon card via the new DVI-VGA adapter. It worked but then I also tried using the old DVI-VGA adapter and that worked too but then a new issue came up.

 

I often turn my computer to sleep mode and I noticed it took twice as long for the desktop to enter sleep mode but the monitor display turned off instantly as normal. Shortly after, I tried to turn my computer back on from sleep mode and the monitor display stopped working again showing 'No Signal'.

 

Another issue that came up was that when I turned on the computer the monitor display would show 'No Signal' and the computer would boot then a few seconds turn off and show the display light of sleep mode then boot again then turn off and do the same thing before finally booting up again but the monitor display would not work at all still.   

 

 

 

 

Potential Reasons for this Issue

 

I believe it has to do with the graphics card, perhaps it is just too old or maybe the VGA connection or monitor is faulty. 

 

Also, using the ATI Radeon GPU it used to get really noisy (overheating?) as I was running games (on Minecraft or just prolonged usage as I would use the computer everyday for at least 5 hours on average if not more) 

 

My computer is very old, 2009, bought it as a whole computer from a retailer and nothing is modified (apart from the PSU short circuiting and I had to replace it) 

 

The monitor and the power cable connecting it often has issues I'm not sure which of the two is the problem but if I don't wiggle the power cable into the certain position it likes, the monitor won't get power. 

 

The replacement PSU doesn't fit in the case so it is external to the desktop (a PSU that would fit into the case would cost a lot more) which means there is a bigger opening than normal for dust or maybe bugs to damage the internal hardware such as the GPU  

 

 

 

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Of course if I stick to the built-in Intel graphics card there doesn't seem to be much issue using that card but it is much crappier than the ATI Radeon GPU and I can't play much games on it.

 

I am planning to research and build a budget gaming computer eventually but uni is keeping me busy atm and I need to find a part time job to get some more cash. For now I'd just like to keep using this computer if that's possible because it can handle games on minimum specs at least with the ATI Radeon GPU. 

 

 

Apologies for the long read but just trying to include everything I can. It seems like this computer is just too old and if I wanted to keep using it I might have to buy a replacement GPU but I'd rather save the money for a new computer if that's the case.

 

However, if anyone could help advise me and if possible fix this issue, that would be awesome! :)



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#2 a.h.h.10

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 05:52 PM

I'm not sure how much this will help, but I have three suggestions:

 

1.) Have you tried turning off sleep completely?

 

2.) Do you have another monitor that you can test this on?

 

3.) Have you ran an anti-malware scan?



#3 Azalthas

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 06:59 PM

Hey a.h.h.10 thanks very much for your suggestions :)

 

I've not dared to use the sleep function and it seems to be no issue if I keep it that way. I don't have another monitor to test on but I have run anti-malware scan with MalwareBytes, that did not help. 

 

So long as I don't use sleep and just turn off the computer when I need to, all seems good so I'll just leave it at that haha, it's a bit more of an inconvenience but hey, better than having a computer that won't work completely ;)



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:40 AM

Hey a.h.h.10 thanks very much for your suggestions :)

 

I've not dared to use the sleep function and it seems to be no issue if I keep it that way. I don't have another monitor to test on but I have run anti-malware scan with MalwareBytes, that did not help. 

 

So long as I don't use sleep and just turn off the computer when I need to, all seems good so I'll just leave it at that haha, it's a bit more of an inconvenience but hey, better than having a computer that won't work completely ;)

 

It's good you have found a solution.

 

Since you have a Dell, I'm gonna go ahead and say this: I have two Dell computers (one with Windows 98 and the other with Windows Vista) and they both have had monitor problems. I think the older one was caused from a virus. But I did have to turn off sleep on both of them.

 

Saying that, there must be something wrong with the Dell monitors, especially on the newer ones. Even though I have the sleep shut off on the newer one, it still has some strange problem that shows up time to time.






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