thanks for the attempt but there are some problems with your suggestion. my mobo doesnt have onboard graphics(would have tried but lack of a port makes it difficult) and my card doesnt have a fan, it has the aluminum fins
here is my mobo
so there isn't a way to check it.
could i use a voltmeter? if so where on the slot would i check?
when it turns on, monitor displays message, no signal check input cable. i only have the option of switching input between hdmi or vga but no other monitor properties.