Question no video output on vintage system

Aug 17, 2020
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i recently got a very old computer from my grandpa to tinker with. it has a socket 754 amd sempron 3400+, 512 mb of ddr memory, and nvidia 6100 graphics which i believe is chipset graphics. i plugged a monitor and peripherals in and right when i plugged in power the case fan and cpu fan spun up which i thought was weird as i didnt press the power button yet but the monitor said no input so i pressed power button but still nothing. i opened it up and did the regular stuff like re-seating memory and stuff but it still did not want to output to the monitor. i tried shorting the front panel power button pins but still nothing. is something dead?
 

NowJoJo

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Did you try using the onboard graphics / video card if you already tried onboard? Maybe try taking out the CMOS battery to clear the BIOS config?
 
Aug 17, 2020
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i just tried removing cmos battery(and putting it back in) but it still will not output to my monitor. i forgot to mention that right when i plug it in i hear the hard drive doing stuff. i do not have an extra gpu to test it with and i dont believe the cpu has integrated graphics. and i would try to get into bios and change stuff, but when i say no output i mean absolutely nothing, i tried plugging in a spare mouse and keyboard to mash f2, but the laser on the mouse would no even light up.
 

NowJoJo

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Maybe try removing the HDD and then push all the common BIOS buttons (F1, F2, F10, Delete, Esc) etc... to see if you can get into the bios and get a signal, other than that I'm not sure sorry. Edit: also try plugging the kb&m direct into mobo, if nothing try the case ports
 
Aug 17, 2020
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the power cable for the hard drive was jammed in and would not come out, but i disconnected the data cable and powered it on, still nothing. is it possible that the chipset graphics are dead?
 

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