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Old 10th February 2009   #1
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Hi everyone! Today I came home and turned on my computer...I discovered that my computer wouldn't turn on. I saw on the screen: 'Check Signal Cable', so I fiddled around with the cable. No luck. Next, I come on this computer and searched this problem. I noticed a few responses saying stuff about the video card or a loose connection. I really don't think this is an issue, because just about day ago, yesterday at 5:00 pm, it was working perfectly. I don't understand this. I can't think of anything that could be wrong with this.

My computer is a pretty old XP with SP2, and my monitor is a Samsung Model #(LS19MEWSFY/XAA), Type # (GH19WS).

Thanks...

Also, when I do boot, my computer has 3 startup options due to misread instructions from WBBS. Do I just edit Boot.ini? I think I tried that already.

P.S. One thing I forgot to mention was that the computer doesn't beep anymore during the boot process (or when it should be booting) unless I leave it for about 5 minutes, in which case it beeps once.

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It sounds like your MOBO may have went south. If you have no display on the screen other than "Check Signal Cable" it means no video is getting sent to the monitor. It could be the monitor cable or the monitor itself but that's not likely. Try a sub if you have one. You don't have many options if you can't get any message from the BIOS to show on screen. That prevents entering setup and checking or resetting the CMOS, but I doubt that would be helpful anyway in this case.

If you have so substitute monitor, I'd suggest taking it to a local bench tech for an opinion.

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Thanks for the quick response, but I just realized that the check signal cable message was triggered by the fact that I changed a setting on my monitor. Everything else is still the same though. The 'busy' light on the tower is solidly red too.

Anyways, I don't have too much tech experience, but how could everything mess up in one day? I didn't touch
ANYTHING in that time, until I came home.

For the Tech thing, would it cost anything? Also, would trying a different monitor help the problem? Or would it just help to further assess it?

Right...Last thing...If I do get it fixed in the current condition, why does this happen? Two popup windows appear when I AM able to boot-up (not anymore) and say that 2 things are not found. I had this before, but I managed to fix it with TrojanRemover. Should I be worried? I would give you the names, except the fact that my computer is slightly incapacitated...


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Substituting a different monitor was suggested as a way to discover if your existing monitor is working or not. That seems like a reasonable thing to do before looking elsewhere.

I don't know if any shop would charge you but if you explain your situation, they may do a simple test for free. Ask before hand.

The pop up messages you are getting indicate that you have other problems that will still be around after you get the video display back. Perhaps a little too much registry cleaning.

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Hm...I might try the monitor thing a bit later, but I think the current monitor is fine.
The last time I cleaned my registry was probably about October/November, and that was because of a huge error in my computer which was later resolved. Is there a way to get rid of the messages?
Also, how could the Motherboard be messed up? The last time I SAW the Motherboard was when the computer busted.

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Probably when you purged that Trojan it had some effects on the Registry.

Those pop ups can be fixed and there are folks here that will be happy to assist you in that job. First things first though, the display must be fixed.

As for why things break when they do, let's just say time takes its toll on all things. It doesn't have to be the result of some operator error. Stuff happens!

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Okay thanks...Turns out my MOBO is pretty much dead. Since my computer is really old, I'm probably going to just get a new one. Thanks for your help!

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Sorry. Too bad. Oh well, get out there and stimulate the economy!

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