"No signal" message on monitor when trying to boot PC

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macros

New Member
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I am currently building around a dozen pcs and have come across a problem. When I start the computer it powers up and a message comes up on the monitor saying "No signal" and stays like this(happens before reach the bios option). Everything else seems to be working, motherboard has power, video card has power. I tried swapping the video card with one that I know definately works and still I get the same problem.

Of the 8 I have built so far I am having this problem with 2 and the rest are working fine. They have all been tested on the same monitor & cable. When I boot the ones that work I get the same "no signal" message but this only last for about a second, then goes as normal through the system check.

The systems specs are:
1.2 TBird
MIS MS-6330 Lite m/board
Hercules Prophet 64mb 4500
Mitsubishi DV17NF monitor
128 MB ram

I would really appreciate any thoughts on this frustrating problem. Thanks...
 
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tommyj27

slackware biggot
#2
I occasionally have this or a similar problem with two of my systems, I find that when it happens if I power down the pc for 20-30 seconds and try again it works. Hope it helps.

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AngryViking

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#3
This may or may not be relevant: check the BIOS for a setting that instructs the PC to look first for a PCI or AGP vid card and set accordingly. I've heard either setting works, but occasionally the system can get confused and give you messages like yours.

Good luck.

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tommyj27

slackware biggot
#4
I've run into that prob before Viking, the problem is that he mentioned he can't even get to BIOS, if i'm reading his post correctly his video just isn't initializing.
If Viking is onto something though you might try clearing the CMOS, I know my mobo defaults to look at the AGP bus first and I'm assuming the same goes for most newer mobos. if you have a pci video card laying around you might try swapping out the agp card to see if you can get video.

S.B.

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<system configuration>
Athlon [email protected] where 750<x
Abit Ka7
640MB PC133
Elsa Gladiac GF2 GTS
3Com
CL SBLive!
Maxtor 40GB
Yamaha 20x10 RW

Toshiba 12x DVD

[This message has been edited by tommyj27 (edited 08-30-2001).]
 
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AngryViking

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#5
DOH! I read too fast and missed that part. My mistake


Though I think Tommy is onto something there...

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-Thunderbird 1.2ghz (266FSB)
-DFI AK76-SN
-GlobalWin CAK38 cooler
-256 DDR
-300w Deer PSU
-Asus v8200 Geforce3
-SB-Live Value
-MS Intellimouse Optical (USB)
-D-Link PCI NIC
-DSL Connection
 
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blinky

New Member
#6
Check that none of the pins on the monitor cable is bent. Some are very easily damaged.

Is this the same make of monitor as the others?

I'm currently using a Geforce SDR in my machine which wouldn't work with my monitor until I upgraded the video BIOS. Similar to the issue you see. Machine would start but no video output and Windows would shut down on reaching the desktop as it couldn't initialise a display. Stuck my trusty PCI Matrox Mystique, set it as the primary display in the BIOS, stuck the Geforce in as well. Windows would detect the Geforce but still couldn't output a display on it. Then I updated the video BIOS on the Geforce and it worked fine. I don't know if the old BIOS was incompatible with my monitor (can happen) or if the BIOS was corrupt. Still ended up with a free Geforce!
 
Shinma

Shinma

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What is installed in the systems in question during these problems?
Processor, mobo, video card and memory only?

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M

macros

New Member
#8
Thanks heaps for the suggestions. I will try using a PCI card and see what happens.

I've used the same monitor and cable on all the PC's, so I know that is not the problem.

In addition to the devices Shima mentioned, I have installed:
Netgear 311 NIC
IBM deskstar 20.5 GB
CDROM and Floppy

I will try removing the NIC incase its causing a conflict and test it to see what happens.

Thanks again for advice...
 
Shinma

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#9
Encountered several systems in the past where systems would absolutely refuse to boot with some NICs installed.
Even when different slots were used.


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Bennyboy

Bennyboy

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#10
I had a similar problem with my first PC, and found that it was the video card not seated properly in the AGP slot. I pushed it in hard and still nothing, then REALLY hard and it was fine. Just a thought, you've probably already tried it.
 
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macros

New Member
#11
I tried without the NIC installed and still the same problem.

I will have to try pushing it in harder next week to see if that achieves anything.

Thanks for all your time...
 

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