No picture

By ludvik
Jun 19, 2008
  1. I put my pc into storage for 6 months now i get no picture on monitor, box starts/lights up fan runs.
    This comp was not built by myself and my knowledge is limited at best,its 4 years old pentium 4,80gb hd,2400 amd athlon,256 ram after this .........
    ides please ludvik
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Re-Confirm that you are plugging in the VGA cable to the correct VGA connector on the back of the computer (some have two)

    You this could be anything!
  3. ludvik

    ludvik TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no picture!

    not the vga only has one...
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Doh ! Not a quick fix :(

    You need to only have the Keyboard Mouse and Video in (plus power of course)
    And try booting up
    Even though the fans turn on, it could still be faulty Power Supply

    Also sometimes when computers sit for a while, they can build up condensation.
    You may need to remove the side cover, and re-connect all the internal connections (This time power out)
    But I'm concerned, because you may need some technical (hardware) knowledge to do this
  5. ludvik

    ludvik TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no monitor picture

    ok thanks for reply
    looks like a shop visit
    what can i expect them to tell me it is and what cost?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    A good computer shop shouldn't fix it, due to low specs
    They will back up the HardDrive for you (if you have any personal data on it)
    And probably state you need a new one (computer that is)

    A middle range computer shop will probably clean out all dust, re-connect all connections, re-connect Ram and any other PCI device (ie 56K modem) fully test, and charge one (or 2) hour (prices vary)

    A lesser computer shop (or tech) will probably replace the HardDrive and possibly PowerSupply and or Motherboard (This will cost a bit)

    Why the good computer shop tells you to purchase another computer, is to stop you from comming back, and they'll probably keep your old one too (win win)

    Try to go for the Mid Range !
  7. ludvik

    ludvik TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no monitor picture plus....

    still have not got this problem resolved!
    on start up i am getting no beep/beeps, i have power to fan and lights and lcd display working someone suggested remove cmos battery is this advisible?
    just to recap my pc was in storage for 6 months in dry conditions
    below my lcd display i have s1 and s2 can you tell me what these are i believe the 4 digits above 0000 should change when i push them?
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'm not following you on this line.

    Are you saying the LCD does turn on and show an error message?

    Anyway, yes you can safely remove the CMOS battery, and then re-insert. Mind you, there's probably a jumper on the board to reset CMOS, you'll need to download your manual for this.

    Whilst inside the computer, reconnect (disconnect first) all connections ie cable; power and data. Even re-seat the Ram card.

    Due to the age and specifications of the PC, I believe it will be just a computer to play around with, trying to fix it.

    Here's a good BenchTesting guide.
  9. ludvik

    ludvik TS Rookie Topic Starter

    lcd display

    the lcd rotates from cpu to sys r and sys f numbers stay on 0000 im sure these used to change thanks for your help with this matter!
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'm thinking Ram card faulty
    But the fault condition looks like onboard Video or CPU
    Best for you to do the BenchTesting idea (link above)
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