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Dell Inspiron 545 MT User Manual: Video And Monitor Problems

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Video and Monitor Problems

CAUTION:
safety instructions shipped with your computer. For additional safety best
practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at
www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.
NOTICE:
card is not necessary when installing additional graphics cards; however, the card
is required for troubleshooting purposes. If you remove the card, store it in a safe
and secure location. For information about your graphics card, go to
support.dell.com.
The Screen is Blank
NOTE:
For troubleshooting procedures, see the monitor's documentation.
The Screen is Difficult to Read
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H E C K T H E M O N I T O R C A B L E C O N N E C T I O N
• Ensure that the monitor cable is connected to the correct graphics card (for dual
graphics card configurations).
• If you are using the optional
correctly attached to the graphics card and monitor.
• Ensure that the monitor cable is connected as shown on the setup diagram for your
computer.
• Remove any video extension cables and connect the monitor directly to the computer.
• Swap the computer and monitor power cables to determine if the monitor's power
cable is defective.
• Check the connectors for bent or broken pins (it is normal for monitor cable
connectors to have missing pins).
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H E C K T H E M O N I T O R P O W E R L I G H T
• If the power light is lit or blinking, the monitor has power.
• If the power light is off, firmly press the button to ensure that the monitor is turned
on.
• If the power light is blinking, press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse to
resume normal operation.
E S T T H E E L E C T R I C A L O U T L E T
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testing it with another device, such as a lamp.
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Troubleshooting
Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the
If your computer came with a PCI graphics card installed, removal of the
DVI-to-VGA
— Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by
adapter, ensure that the adapter is

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