hello zohaib R, thankyou very much for your help, got a new vga cable and now have video, yay!. now i have a new problem, boo! it is a compaq q sg3 220 uk AMD vision . the pc wants to boot from cd/dvd drive, then goes to menu f11 setup esc boot menu and so on, so go to boot menu set it up to boot from hhd and save and exit . it then works fine' it does this every time it starts up. been into bios and boot priority put hhd first and saved, still does the same on start up, can you help again please, thanks again earache.