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Just built computer, trying to get video connection

by jrlanng / August 10, 2011 12:24 PM PDT

Just put together my first computer, im pretty sure everything is hooked up correctly. I was banking on connecting it to my vizio tv and using that as the monitor.Well I can't get the signal to show up. I'm trying a VGA cable and an HDMI directly from the motherboard. Thanks for the help.

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I am unsure what you ...
by Edward ODaniel / August 11, 2011 4:41 AM PDT

mean when saying "I'm trying a VGA cable and an HDMI directly from the motherboard." as that is a bit unusual indeed.

Your PC should have its monitor connections either attached to the video card (for an add-on video card) or as an available connection pre-wired and soldered to the motherboard but usable from the back of the PC in the same vicinity as the rest of the PC inputs and outputs. Assuming that is what you mean here are the directions (the key being to make the physical connection then change the TV input to reflect the correct connection)-

http://www.ehow.com/how_6785252_use-vizio-tv-pc-monitor.html

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Unsure what you have tried
by mf2780 / August 11, 2011 7:50 AM PDT

If you just buit it are you sure its not the your video card the HDMI is connected to. If so and it is installed properly make sure it has updated drivers and your tv is on the correct input. I had a similar issue until I was able to get my drivers installed and then no problems.
Also if you have everything and still no picture try either another tv or hdmi cable. i once spent hours taking a computer apart and troubleshooting everything and it turned out to be a bad HDMI cable. its rare but it can happen.

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