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Windows 7: how to shut down computer when your monitor won't display anything?

10 Aug 2011   #1
carol w

windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 
how to shut down computer when your monitor won't display anything?

The only way I could shut acer down was unpluging my computer. The moniter said "no something, I'm sorry but I forget. Is there a way with the keyboard to shut it down?
I called my provider and they said it was a moniter or card problem, but it works good since i plugged it back in. I have window 7. Thank you Carol


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10 Aug 2011   #2
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

With out seeing the display it's difficult...the easiest way would be to press and hold the power button on the PC after about 5 secs it will power down. Unpluging at the wall should be a last resort.
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10 Aug 2011   #3
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

monitor probably said no signal or no input.
If the computer locks up and your screen goes out, you either have to press and hold the power button or unplug it, but first just press the power button once and see if it will shut down.
Most (maybe all) modern Windows PC's will run the shut down sequence if you press the power button, just like going to Start then Shutdown.
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10 Aug 2011   #4
BisVal

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

to shutdown computer without monitor : Windows button - right arrow - enter

P.S. if the start menu option is to shutdown (no sleep or hibernate or other)
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10 Aug 2011   #5
carol w

windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 

yes it said no signal....I did press the power button but it wouldn't shut down....maybe I didn't hold it long enough........
Is the window button look like the top part of a flag divided in 4? Can I try this when i close the page here or wait
to see if it happens again.....my computer is only a couple of mts old.....what causes this to happen....thanks Carol
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11 Aug 2011   #6
BisVal

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Yes - it's the windows flag - then the right arrow button - then Enter button
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11 Aug 2011   #7
wilywombat

win7
 
 

Sometimes you get the "No signal" message on your monitor if you have installed a graphics card or monitor driver software update via automatic update and it needs a restart. Either of the methods above will let you shutdown your computer. When you switch it back on you will probably get the "windows did not shut down properly" message and startup options. Just select "start normally" and you should be good to go.
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11 Aug 2011   #8
carol w

windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 
thank you

so very much for the help......Carol
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11 Aug 2011   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carol w View Post
yes it said no signal....I did press the power button but it wouldn't shut down....maybe I didn't hold it long enough........
Is the window button look like the top part of a flag divided in 4? Can I try this when i close the page here or wait
to see if it happens again.....my computer is only a couple of mts old.....what causes this to happen....thanks Carol
You need to hold down the power button for a few seconds to force a shutdown, but the underlying problem needs to be addressed as to why the problem occurs.

As your computer is only a couple of months old you need to get in touch with your computer manufacturer and get it fixed while it's under warranty.
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12 Aug 2011   #10
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
The underlying problem needs to be addressed as to why the problem occurs.

As your computer is only a couple of months old you need to get in touch with your computer manufacturer and get it fixed while it's under warranty.
Thanks seavixen, you stole the words right outta my mouth ().

By the way Carol, I wanted to clarify something for you that might help. There are 2 ways to press the Power button. To force a shutdown you press and hold the button down for at least 5 seconds until your computer turns off.

The other way, is to just press the Power button briefly and immediately release it. Depending on how you have your "Shut Down" options selected, this will usually cause your computer to sleep or hybernate --- then you press the Power button again briefly, and it should awaken.
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