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installing video card with no OS

By mkcrout ·
I JUST GOT A BAREBONE SYSTEM AND I'M TRYING TO INSTALL A VIDEO CARD (NO HARDDRIVE,CD,FLOPPY OR VIDEOCARD CAME WITH THE SYSTEM). WHEN I BOOTUP THE PC THE VIDEOCARD ISN'T RECOGNIZED SO I CANNOT SEE ANYTHING INCLUDING THE BOOTUP SCREEN. THE VIDEOCARD IS PCI AND I HAVE TRIED SWITCHING TO DIFFERENT PCI SLOTS AND I HAVE TRIED RESETTING THE JUMPERS FOR THE CMOS. THE VIDEOCARD IS NEW SO IT ISN'T THAT. ANY SUGGESTIONS - THANKS.

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by dmiles In reply to installing video card wit ...

Check all the power cords to make sure thay are connected and the power strip is on

Check the memory modules and make sure they are compatible and not mismatched

If you have the motherboard manual check to see if you have onboard video,this will need to be disabled in order for the PCI video card to work

Go back to the jumper setting and reset per the motherboard manual

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by TheChas In reply to installing video card wit ...

In order to get a "first" boot, you need 4 items;
Motherboard,
CPU,
Memory,
Video card,
And a power supply.

Make sure that the CPU and RAM modules are seated correctly.
Double check the power connector to the motherboard, and the 120/220 switch on the power supply.

Some MBs have CPU protection that won't power up if the CPU fan doesn't spin up to speed right away.

Have you douple checked the clear cmos jumper?
If this is in the clear position, many MB's will not boot up.

If you have a voltmeter, you can check the power supply voltages. Check a drive connector, you should have 5 volts and 12 volts on opposite end pins.

I have seen power supplies that need "extra" load to startup. So you might want to try connecting the power connector to a hard drive.

One last thing to try, is to remove the cmos backup battery and disconnect power for several hours.
Then, re-install the battery and try booting up.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to installing video card wit ...

You do have the CPU clock set to either automatic, or 100MHz.
Many CPU's will not boot if the clock is set too high.

Chas

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by Salochin In reply to installing video card wit ...

I have read the other replies and thought I'd mention that, as you haven't said so, have you tried either an ISA or a different PCI video card in the system.

Also, try starting the system up WITHOUT the video card installed. The system will normally give you some beeps, usually 9. This shows that the system is booting and can't find the video card. Now, put the video card in and see if the system beeps again. If you get long beeps then it is usually memory so check that.

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