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No video- monitor goes to sleep

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I have been trying to find a fix to enable me to log onto to my computer. In short, I cannot log onto my computer. The computer is on- but no video. I have troubleshooting this for about a month now.
1. The monitor is ok and works with another computer.
2. I believe the graphics card may need replacing.

Can anyone please inform me if you have come across this issue too and what were the results were?

The product says it came with a Nvidia GeForce 8500GT 3D. Can someone let me know if this could be the problem? Is there a cheap substitute of a card I could use?

I don't want to lose my family pictures or any info on my computer!

Any help is appreciated!
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@Jpmaan1, welcome to the forum.

 

The first thing that you should do is uninstall the video card.  Once you have removed the video card you can connect your monitor to the VGA port in the Back I/O panel:






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I believe the VGA connecter is attached to the graphics card. So I am not sure how I could uninstall this. Do you mean remove the graphics card?
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Thank you for the additional information, @Jpmaan1.

 

The integrated video that is included with the motherboard is a "nVidia GeForce 6150SE".  This has the VGA port.  It can't be removed.  However, you said that the video card was a nVidia GeForce 8500GT 3D.  This card can be removed.  This will allow the integrated video to work.






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Thank you for your response. A couple of things to note. The VGA conector is on the removable graphics card. However, there is additional connectors to the graphics card. Maybe I can change the connection by adding an adapter? Would this matter?
The computer was serviced a few years ago and they added a new graphics card.
I also noted that there was a nut from the VGA connector that came off when I removed the Cable. I put the nut back into the VGA connector no difference.

So, in order to view information on my monitor, It look like the VGA connector on my graphics card could be shot.
Is there a quick way to determine this or troubleshoot to confirm?
Could I but another adapter to go directly into the graphics card? If so, do I need two adapters- one for the monitor and another for the computer? Or just one?

I would like any help if possible!
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