I am new here so don't really know what has happened, maybe you could explain a bit.
Originally Posted by mat125
seems to go through the motions of wanting to work but theres nothing happening on my monitor.
Could you be specific as to what motions?
With some video cards the monitor will not turn on until it receives a signal from the motherboard that all is ago. So the motions you think it is going through may not mean anything. For example if by motions you mean the fans start and the drives spin up that is simply a sign that your power supply works and nothing more.
One suggestion I have at this point is to remove the RAM and plug it back in, and when you do make sure it is in the proper direction and secured firmly. RAM has caused this problem for me more than any other hardware. Second I would test it with another video card as that may be aged or damaged.