my computer turns on but nothing displays on monitor

By kelvin ยท 10 replies
Aug 14, 2005
  1. hi, i put together my first computer and i used:
    - seagate barracuda 7200 250gb
    - amd athlon 36 3000+
    - asus a8n-e motherboard
    - corsair 2x512mb
    - antec truepower 480W atx 12v
    - sapphire radeon 9800 pro

    when i start up my computer it looks like everythings fine, fans working, lights are on, drive opens and closes, but theres no display on the monitor :( .
    i think it could be the video card, because all the fans but the one one my video card are spinning, but other than that i'm clueless. Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated.

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Have you connected the card to the powersupply?

    Look HERE for instructions on how to do this.

    Regards Howard :wave:
  3. flashmonkey

    flashmonkey TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Also make sure that your monitor's contrast/brightness is where it should be. A lot of kids at my school love to mess with these setttings in our library, it makes the computers look dead.
  4. kelvin

    kelvin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well i guess i figured out what the problem was, its the power, but now i have another problem. I dont have a 4 pin connector on the back of my harddrive i only have 2 L-shaped connections on the back of it. Does anyone know if there is an adapter i could use. or will it be easier just to get a new video card? thanks for the help thou you guys
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You can connect you card directly to your psu if your psu has a spare molex connector available.

    Do you have the cable that came with the card?

    Regards Howard :)
  6. kelvin

    kelvin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yup, but i think the real problem is that the video card isnt fitting into the slot
    I dont want to force it for fear of breaking somthing

    also i dont think my card is compatible with my motherboard
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If this is card fits into an agp slot, there might be an agp lock that you need to open.

    This consisits of a small piece of plastic that slides out. You then insert your card, and slide the lock back which will hold you card in the slot.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. kelvin

    kelvin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i dunno if my mother board has an agp slot thou, it has a pci express slot that fits x1 x4 x8 x16 cards.

    do you think it will still work?

    maybe theres an adaptor
    if not i guess i'm stuck with returning the video card?
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`ve just been looking at your mobo manual.

    No your mobo doesn`t have an agp slot, it uses the pci-e slot instead.

    I assume that you graphics card is in the pci-e format. Look on the packaging that the card came in for details.

    You just have to insert the card into the pci-e slot. This may require a little firm pressure to get it to fit into the slot properly.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  10. LIQUIDZ28

    LIQUIDZ28 TS Rookie


    glad to be in the group, hope to answer questions and ask them
  11. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    LIQUIDZ28 please introduce your self in our forum here.
    If you haven't done so already.

    Regards Jase :)
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