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Thread: PCs power on but have no display, ive tried everything, what could be the problem?

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    Hello everyone,

    I have 2 PCs that im trying to get running for our yard sale coming up,

    The first one is a Gateway Essential 500c,
    This one has integrated graphics, and no AGP slot (all of the spare graphics cards i have are very old and AGP), and i know for sure by using the process of elimination, that the power supply, RAM, all drives, CPU, and i even checked the battery, and none of those are the problem,
    Is it safe to go ahead and buy an old PCI graphics card or could it be something else?


    Now, on the next pc,

    This is also a gateway, and this one has an AGP slot,
    And this machine has the same problem, however, on this one i can change the graphics card, and i tried several working graphics card on this one and sill no luck, and again, process of elimination, i eliminated power supply, RAM, cpu, battery and all that,
    Since i currently have no PCI graphics cards that are extra,
    It could be that the AGP slot is somehow bad, it has been sitting in my basement in the dust for a long time.

    Can anyone help me?


    Thanks,

    Tanner.

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    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    Did you test both machines on the same monitor?
    Could be the monitor is dead and the PCs are fine.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    Yes,
    I tested both of them on several different monitors.

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    You could sell for parts or as is , I would wipe out the HDD tho don't leave little surprises such as banking info or short cuts to bum buddies .

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    Salih19's Avatar n00b
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    That happen to me once, it was doing my head in, Im not sure what the problem may be but in my case it was the RAM, try taking out the ram and stick it into the other slot, boot and see what happens.

    Most people would say its the motherboard, well in my opinion its not the motherboard or the fatherboard! Its somthing that is linked to the motherboard and i say its RAM or CPU.

    But try above and let us know what happens, It worked when i done that last time. wish the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salih19 View Post
    Most people would say its the motherboard, well in my opinion its not the motherboard or the fatherboard! Its somthing that is linked to the motherboard and i say its RAM or CPU.
    "Most people" are wondering WTF a "fatherboard" is.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    mbucari1's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35
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    i had this problem recently, and it turned out to be my psu. Have you noticed anything else
    "weird"?

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    "Most people" are wondering WTF a "fatherboard" is.
    Thats just a saying. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Salih19 View Post
    Most people would say its the motherboard, well in my opinion its not the motherboard or the fatherboard! Its somthing that is linked to the motherboard and i say its RAM or CPU.
    "Most people" are wondering WTF a "fatherboard" is.
    It goes with the motherboard to get a daughterboard ftw!

    Or sonboard?

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    hehehe So when does the grandboard and nanboard come in, What about antboard and uncleboard!

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