I have a Dell Optiplex 980 SFF which was purchased from Amazon. The unit appears to be in good working order, EXCEPT for the "on-board" VGA port does not work - the unit came with a graphic card and now I know why.
> I removed the graphics card because it was running very hot and for this application that this workstation will be used, simple VGA will work just fine.
> Connecting to the on-board VGA port, there was not video during POST and after a time, I could hear Windows familiar chime when completing it's boot up.
> I started to troubleshoot.
> After having to deal with a dead CMOS Battery, I was able to configure the BIOS to use only the on-board Video (aka the VGA port) and after several attempts, the only way I can get Video at POST is with the graphics card.
So, I purchased a new(??) Optiplex 980 System Board (Which also had a dead CMOS battery, which I replaced with a new one) and low-and-behold, it TOO has a faulty VGA port. So, now I have to ask myself...
> Am I doing something wrong?
> Is this a class issue with the Optiplex 980 SSF models?
> Was the second system Board a "used" one with the same problem?
So, I thought I would reach out to the nebulous and see if this is me or something else.
Inquiring minds need help....