Graphics card connector location?

Hello,

Before the Dell 755 would boot-up I got this error message:

"This computer has an add-in graphics card, but the monitor cable is plugged into the integrated video connector."

Question: how does a non-techie - like me - find the graphics card connector referred to in the above message? The connector on my monitor will only fit in one spot on the Dell 755.
I hope this makes sense.

Thanks,
Lee Franklin
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  1. Here is the back of a generic computer:


    The on-board graphics solution (integrated into the motherboard) has a blue 15-pin D-SUB graphics port (in the image above, labelled VGA Video). The message you're receiving is telling you that there is an add-in graphics card with graphics ports (in this image) in one of the four horizontal slots below.

    At present, there are four main types of graphic card outputs:

    1) VGA


    2) DVI


    3) HDMI


    4) DisplayPort


    Based on your description, it sounds like your monitor only has a VGA cable and can only connect to the VGA port. While your computer does have an on-board VGA port, it also has an add-in card that does not have a VGA port. Is this correct?

    -Wolf sends
  2. The Dell Optiplex 775 has got a Radeon HD 2400.
    Quote:
    This computer has an add-in graphics card, but the monitor cable is plugged into the integrated video card's VGA port.

    That probably means that you've connected the cable from the monitor to the onboard VGA port of the motherboard.
    What you should do is, connect the VGA cable from the monitor to the VGA port of the HD 2400, apart from the one on the motherboard.
    But if your HD 2400 is a low profile one, which I assume it is, it probably has just one DVI port.
  3. Wolfshadw said:
    Here is the back of a generic computer:
    http://oakdome.com/k5/tutorials/computer-basics/images/plain-connection-diagram.jpg

    The on-board graphics solution (integrated into the motherboard) has a blue 15-pin D-SUB graphics port (in the image above, labelled VGA Video). The message you're receiving is telling you that there is an add-in graphics card with graphics ports (in this image) in one of the four horizontal slots below.

    At present, there are four main types of graphic card outputs:

    1) VGA
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/92/SVGA_port.jpg/300px-SVGA_port.jpg

    2) DVI
    http://www.itsfixed.com.au/uploaded/images/client_added/dvi_d_socket.jpg

    3) HDMI
    http://www.cable-trader.co.uk/images/finder/hdmi-port-type-a.jpg

    4) DisplayPort
    http://ctcolumbia.technology-solved.com/files/2011/03/DisplayPort1.jpg

    Based on your description, it sounds like your monitor only has a VGA cable and can only connect to the VGA port. While your computer does have an on-board VGA port, it also has an add-in card that does not have a VGA port. Is this correct?

    -Wolf sends


    YOU ROCK! Easy to understand; pictures definitely helped. I really appreciate your time and am glad there are people out there like you who can help those of us who are not as gifted!

    Tina
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