Monitor won't come on after installation of new dvd drive

By dknight06 ยท 4 replies
Nov 14, 2009
  1. Good morning. Last night after installing a new/oem SATA dvd drive into my PC, the monitor will no longer come on during boot. Even after unplugging the dvd drive, the monitor will still not come on though i'm getting my normal beeps and processing from the pc itself. Any suggestions?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Try unplugging the monitor data cable
    Removing the computer power cord
    Holding in the computer ON button for 30 secs
    Securely plugging the Monitor data cable back in
    Then securely putting the computer power cord back in
    Then turning on

    If that doesn't work, sometimes I've had to open Desktop computer cases up
    And then refit the the addon Video card (if you have one)
    Then do the above again
    Then turn on

    I hope this works :)
  3. dknight06

    dknight06 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, unfortunately that only worked one time and after going into hibernation mode, the pc locks up and then upon restart the monitor again will not come on. Any other suggestiosn?
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Sounds like the next step is borrowing a friend's monitor to see if the problem points to the monitor or the computer
  5. fw2004

    fw2004 TS Booster Posts: 152

    I would have said that the DVD drive install wiped out the video drivers, but if it's not coming on during boot, is must be a BIOS or hardware problem.
    Check the BIOS and make sure that there are no conflicts.
    It is possible that the new drive and the display are attempting to use the same IRQ, or DMA channel.

    Make sure you have Plug 'N Play enabled, and that the startup sequence for the video is correct.
    On my Asus board, I can select either PCI express or PCI for the first video.
    Since you said that unplugging the new DVD drive does not fix the problem, but you now get the beeps, you might have dislodged the video card from its socket.
    Check all boards and connectors.

    If all of this does not work, try restoring the original BIOS settings.
    But be careful here. If you have a special setup, such as RAID, and you don't restore the settings for the hard drives to what they were, you will wipe out the partitions on the hard drives.
    I learned this the hard way once<g>.

    Hope this helps

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