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Windows 7: No monitor on start up

06 Mar 2018   #1
oscarcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
No monitor on start up

Not sure if this is the correct group - it feels the closest.
the problem
Sometimes on start up, the screens (I have a 2 monitor set up) remain blank. I have to restar or close down and start up, perhaps two or three times before a normal boot comes up on screen.
3 possible things come to mind as causing this.
1 I thought I'd do a gentle bit of overclocking (since reset back)
2 USB ports, both 2 and 3 are my personal nemesis. I loathe them because of the appallingly poor design. Occasionally I try to insert a USB cable into the floor mounted PC, get it the wrong way round, and although it won't fit, of course, it can make an incorrect contact - which invariably forces a shut down.
Either of those two issues makes me suspicious that they are related to the fault, which occurs intermittently. Sometimes start up is quite normal, sometimes I just get a blank display, which only 'cures itself after a few attempts at start up.
Anyone had this issue?


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08 Mar 2018   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello ocsarcat ,mate it is in my experience that you cannot insert a USB stick or lead whatever into a USB port the wrong way round in fact unless I am terribly mistaken it is physically impossible. Are you sure you are speaking on USB and not some other type of connection though in general most connections are configured to only go together in a certain position. connection.

Now if by some mysterious way you have managed to jam the USB plug into a USB socket the wrong way round I think the excessive force required would have wrecked the port to say the least. Can you send a pic of the ports you are referring to please.
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08 Mar 2018   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

oscarcat. You monitor no start may be caused by a badly seated Graphics Card, or loose monitor connection leads. To check the graphics card you will need to open the computer. To remove the card undo the retaining screw & then be sure to unclip the lock at the other end, then carefully ease it out. Check the groove & the card contact surfaces for cleanliness, then carefully reinsert the card making sure it goes in straight, then be sure to lock the clip at the end & replace the securing screw at the other end. Of course then check the monitor leads are fitted correctly & are secure, both at the graphics card end & at the monitors as well.
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08 Mar 2018   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hmm go with Ranger my friend as I might have got what is the problem wrong I thought you were using USB plugs and leads.
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09 Mar 2018   #5
oscarcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Re the usb point - You're right of course - I never fully inserted it. But just putting it against the socket triggered some sort of 'short'. The 2 outer contacts on the 'plug' aren't recessed much. As you can see, they are very near the edge, perhaps close enough to make contact if you try and insert the plug the wrong way.
Re Graphics card and monitor - I did all that. In fact 3 months ago I spent about 3 hours vacuuming/blowing dust out of this desktop. It was clogged beyond belief and sounding more than a little noisy. It's whisper quiet now. I had to disconnect quite a few cables to achieve total access and took the opportunity to reseat memory, graphics card - everything I could lay my hands on. I've thought that this could be the cause of this problem but at least 2 months has elapsed since the clean up and it's had near constant use since then so I don't think the problem relates to that.
Needless to say, it's not manifested itself since posting
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09 Mar 2018   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

OK. Get back if the problem re-appears.
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10 Mar 2018   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok well like Ranger says mate get back to us if it goes south again.

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The 2 outer contacts on the 'plug' aren't recessed much.
Oh meant to mention that is because those two outer contacts are the power supply for the USB the two centre ones are for data. There is a very good but lengthy article available if you want to see and attached is a snip from this site USB - Wikipedia


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10 Mar 2018   #8
oscarcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

That's a brilliant link, thanks. Still a lousy design to my mind, considering just how much space and length there is inside. A bit like some HDMI cables where the weight of the cable puts an unnecessary strain on the plug. Optic fibre even worse - I've bought a cheap, thin Chinese job for the home theatre set up. Works a treat and don't have to support the weight of the old cable now which I had to do previously.
PC still behaving itself. If i didn't know better I'd suspect gremlins. hate it when I can't identify a fault I've spent hours looking for!
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10 Mar 2018   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yes well just keep it in mind eh??

For my money the worst connector they have come up with is the HDMI such a flimsy connector usually hooked up to a heavy cable doesn't make sense but I use DVI whenever I can.
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11 Mar 2018   #10
oscarcat

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I use those 90 degree adaptors to semi prevent the stress that's plain to see on some units - but it does mean introducing 2 more interfaces where ideally the fewer there are, the better. I've long ago concluded that in many areas technology has actually gone backwards.
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