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Gothmyre
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Need Help from the GLP Computer Gurus
I got a brand new monitor yesterday.

Acer 23' LED S232HL HDMI

My old monitor is a Dell M991 VGA


My problem is that the new monitor wont find a signal unless the old Dell is plugged in.
If i shut down the computer with the Dell still plugged in it works fine. If i shut off the computer and unplug the Dell, the Acer doesn't find a signal. I am using the HDMI cable for it. Although it does have a VGA cable and and DVI cable as well. I havnt tried any of those two. I want to use my HDMI cable.

I am currently only using my on board video which is an ATI Radeon HD 4290 512 mb. I am going to be upgrading that in a week or two.

Is there some settings im missing? I hope it is a simple solution.

I could use both monitors, but i dont really have use for using 2 monitors. I would just rather use the new one.

Anyone have this problem before? or any solutions?
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BTW, i forgot to add im using Windows 7 pro.
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plugin with vga. update all drivers then connect with hdmi.
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eh I think you should use the DVI if possible.
Why do you only want to use the HDMI? the only advantage over DVI, is that it transport audio aswell.

but yeah, if you insist on using HDMI, the above might help :o)

Last Edited by Michael_ on 02/01/2012 05:43 PM
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plugin with vga. update all drivers then connect with hdmi.
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ill try this thanks....as for the drivers though, ive gotten all the updates.
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Aw shit..ive had this problem randomly when switching monitors or video cards before. I cant remember how i fixed it though...i usually google every problem i have and find a solution that works.

So when you plug it in it doesnt say like Power Saving mode? It just doesnt find the signal at all?
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eh I think you should use the DVI if possible.
Why do you only want to use the HDMI? the only advantage over DVI, is that it transport audio aswell.

but yeah, if you insist on using HDMI, the above might help :o)
 Quoting: Michael_


well to be honest, i dont really know what is greater between hdmi and dvi. I always thought hdmi was the best. but like i said i dont know. ive always had a VGA monitor.
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Aw shit..ive had this problem randomly when switching monitors or video cards before. I cant remember how i fixed it though...i usually google every problem i have and find a solution that works.

So when you plug it in it doesnt say like Power Saving mode? It just doesnt find the signal at all?
 Quoting: Ballin' on Welfare


yea the screen looks for a signal. it will cycle up in the top right hand corner. VGA then DVi then HDMI. Then it will wait a second and then say no signal then go into sleep mode.
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May be you must have newest graphic card to use only HDMI. On pc's that i know HDMI can not be used as only option, better to use DVI - there are no problems.
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May be you must have newest graphic card to use only HDMI. On pc's that i know HDMI can not be used as only option, better to use DVI - there are no problems.
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Aw shit..ive had this problem randomly when switching monitors or video cards before. I cant remember how i fixed it though...i usually google every problem i have and find a solution that works.

So when you plug it in it doesnt say like Power Saving mode? It just doesnt find the signal at all?
 Quoting: Ballin' on Welfare


yea the screen looks for a signal. it will cycle up in the top right hand corner. VGA then DVi then HDMI. Then it will wait a second and then say no signal then go into sleep mode.
 Quoting: Gothmyre


start with vga update drivers then use HDMI , basic shit.
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fwiw... video settings in BIOS?

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this is your issue:

I am currently only using my on board video which is an ATI Radeon HD 4290 512 mb. I am going to be upgrading that in a week or two.


1. First off, you can't upgrade an onboard video... it's soldered to the board.
2. Turn it off in bios, then it should pick up your added video card.
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plugin with vga. update all drivers then connect with hdmi.
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ill try this thanks....as for the drivers though, ive gotten all the updates.
 Quoting: Gothmyre


You shouldn't need drivers for the monitor. Win7 is pretty good about installing what you need. Generally you NEVER need monitor drivers.

I would suggest getting an Nvidia pci express video card, less issues and you don't need extra software to run it like with an ati card.
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why complicate it
if it doesnt work with HDMI, go for DVI, if your card has 2xDVI output, try both.
if both fails, plug in the vga and reboot
theres no need to disable stuff in the bios, since the card works just fine with the old monitor.

monstly a new monitor is just plug and play, but if the old monitor is a higher resolution than the new, you need to set a display resolution to one the new monitor supports.

Last Edited by Michael_ on 02/01/2012 07:23 PM
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I think he is saying the new monitor has hdmi and he got a better card?? Or am I reading this wrong?
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this is your issue:

I am currently only using my on board video which is an ATI Radeon HD 4290 512 mb. I am going to be upgrading that in a week or two.


1. First off, you can't upgrade an onboard video... it's soldered to the board.
2. Turn it off in bios, then it should pick up your added video card.
 Quoting: GeekOfTheWeek


i think he meant via a normal pci card and discontinuing use of the on board gfx.


To the OP if you still havent figured it out and have the ability, setup both monitors in your CCC( catalyst control center) software and run them both. In CCC you will be able to detect a display, set them both up and within CCC make sure you have your new monitor set as the default display, after that power down and remove the old vga monitor and see if it took to the settings. Good luck!
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hes using this:ATI Radeon HD 4290

and he swapped from Dell M991 - VGA output
to this
Acer 23' LED S232HL - HDMI/DVI/VGA

so he is not upgrading the GFX card, and he does not need to install all kinds of crazy drivers for it.
all that needs to be done is to plug in the DVI or the VGA, and just MAYBE a reboot.
I have experienced that I had to reboot after I swapped monitors, where it wouldn't register the monitor when I made swap on the fly.

if you plug it in via VGA, and boot it, it should display the BIOS / Boot info, if it stops working in windows, you might have set the original desktop resolution to a resolution the new monitor does not support, and you have to use the old monitor, and lower the resolution.

Last Edited by Michael_ on 02/01/2012 07:28 PM
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I think he is saying the new monitor has hdmi and he got a better card?? Or am I reading this wrong?
 Quoting: GeekOfTheWeek


He has no pci card, using the on board GFX from his post.

he said

"I could use both monitors, but i dont really have use for using 2 monitors. I would just rather use the new one."

So i assume he has a dvi hdmi and vga all onboard.

Another caveat may be that your VGA port will display the bios and windows startup screen, your HDMI port may need drivers to be loaded while in windows to function properly. You may just have to turn the tower on and wait a few minutes to see if it is booting up but not displaying the pre-windows screens. I have seen a system setup like this but it was using a pci gfx card, and you had to swap the vga port to go into bios and such. This was a dvr in a business so i didn't have the ability to dig in and see why someone set it up like that.
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problem is default display. change it in your monitor settings and you'll be set.

given how simple this is I'd bet you've already digured it out and orphaned the thread.

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