So i have gone through the basic diagnostics and so far it seems that the motherboard video controller has failed
however im just wondering if anyone knows of a situation in which a ASUS A68HM - plus motherboard will boot the computer but will not put out video in which
the video controller on the motherboard has not failed.
I have removed the video card and replaced the RAM with a known working RAM module just in case.
the problem is not with the connection cord or the monitor. its well tested and working.