Monitor Fails to Boot

By Dr. Vader
Jun 14, 2008
  1. I built my brother a pretty decent machine. Altogether here are the specs.

    Acer AL1916WABD 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 5ms, 700:1, WXGA+ 1440x900, DVI, VGA, Black

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Processor ADO5600DOBOX - 2.90GHz, 1MB Cache, 1000MHz (2000 MT/s) FSB, Brisbane, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket AM2, Processor with Fan

    Corsair TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz E.P.P.

    Seagate 250GB Serial ATA w/NCQ 7200/16MB/SATA-3G

    Asus M2N-SLI nForce 560 Socket AM2 Motherboard

    EVGA GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB PCIe w/Dual DVI

    CD/DVD Drive:
    Lite-ON 20X DVDRW SATA LH-20A1S-12 Super-Multi Int

    Xion Solaris Black/Green Clear Side Case 450W PSU

    I'm using the PSU that came with the case, and it's +12V is 18A.

    The problem is, when I boot the PC, the monitor won't boot with it. I've converted it to another monitor as well.

    I've tried using the DVI on the Acer Monitor, but it says that it requires DVI-D, and the 8600 supports DVI-I.

    So, trying that didn't work. I tried the VGA adapter on the Acer monitor, because it also has a VGA cable.

    That didn't work either.

    When I switched it over to another monitor, That I know works, it did the same thing with a VGA > DVI converter.

    Monitor goes to sleep immediately after recognizing that the cable is no longer disconnected.

    It states: Cable Not Connected, and when I plug it in, that goes away and it goes to sleep mode.

    Any help? Thanks.
  2. seanc

    seanc TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Actually, your PC isn't working. I suspect the monitor is fine.

    Does the motherboard have a speaker connected or on it?
    Do you get any beeps on startup? If you take the RAM out do you get continuous long beeps? If you leave the RAM in but take the graphics card out do you get 1 long and 2 short beeps?

    Have you got the four pin processor connector connected?
  3. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    I haven't even booted the PC before this, mainly because it has no OS on it or anything yet, I can't even load BIOS though.. It has an integrated sound card, and no the mother board does not have a speaker connected or on it.

    I have the four pin processor connector connected. I have everything connected that should be connected. I get no beeps at startup mainly because it can't go past BIOS without an OS.

    I'll try taking the RAM out, but I highly doubt that is the problem. I'm pretty sure that the Graphics card works as well because the fan on it works, but I don't know..

    Any body else out there, I'll try the suggestions above and post results, but I still think it's something more.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,525

    No, even with a HardDrive out it should POST (power on self test)
    Anyway enough of that.

    Pull the CMOS battery, or jumper the cmos reset jumper (refer to manual on this)

    Also remove the power cord
    And disperse all internal voltage, by holding in the ON button for 30 secs
    Put the power cord back in, and turn on

    If those 2 didn't work
    Remove the PCI-E card and boot off onboard vga (if exists)
    Go to CMOS and confirm that your video is set to PCI-E (this is if the onboard works)
    Then save and exit, and turn off
    Then plug the PCI-E in again
    Turn on

    Otherwise it's a matter of confirming that the video card actually works with motherboard

    Ideally reply back
  5. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    Everything works on the PC. I just can't get it to show up on a monitor.
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    You have the power dongle to PCI-E 6 pin adapter (included with card) connected?
  7. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    Yes I have the 6 Pin connected.
  8. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    Btw, I get the all clear beep, I know the beep code to. :D

    I just wasn't listening hard enough. Heh.
  9. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    You have the card inserted in the BLUE slot?

    Do you have another PCIE card you can try? Or even a PCI card?
  10. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    Of course I have it in the blue slot....

    Hmm, I don't know. I can probably scrounge around and find one somewhere. ><
  11. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    'Of course I have it in the blue slot....'

    Don't get snippy or I'll send you to your room.

  12. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98


    Nope, the only thing I have is my 8800 and the Amps on the +12V rail are not enough to support it.
  13. seanc

    seanc TS Rookie Posts: 88

    You've tried both DVI connectors on the back of the graphics card, yes? Now that you can hear the beeps and you're only getting the standard short beep, sounds like graphics card may be faulty or you need to try the other DVI connector as above.
  14. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    I tried both DVI connectors, yes. :D I even tried the VGA - DVI converter. And that's what I was beginning to think, I may have to RMA it.
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