Motherboard / Graphics Card

By .Martin. ·
Hey, again.

For those that pay attention to the forums, it may seem that there is always something wrong with my computer, and honestly it seems to...

This time it is not of any large problem, but I would like to get some other opinions before I go to Asus.

I am not sure how long this problem has been around, as it is not easily known. But this is how it started:
Last week I had the 'fantastic' idea to upgrade my RAM (1GB to 4GB) and my video card (onboard VGA to a Galaxy NVIDIA 9600GSO 384MB graphics card). Now the RAM went in and is working perfectly. But not the graphics card...

The graphics card went into the PCI-16x slot, and the fan spun when the computer turned on. But this was my problem; I got no image, the majority of the time, that is. 14 out of 15 times the screen would stay blank, when the monitor was attached to the card, the other one time, the computer would load (with image) until when windows (XP) almost finished loading, then crash, showing a BSOD for a split second. Although weirdly, when it did show an image, I was able to boot into safe mode.

After a trip back to the computer store with the card, finding it wasn't the card, I took my computer in to be looked at. I must note here that I had the same problem last year, with a PCI IDE card, which did the same thing. A few days later I got a call saying my computer was done, multiple graphics cards tried, none worked, problem maybe PCI slots...

BIOS settings have been upgraded; driver was installed, but still no luck...

I have thought about this for a few days, and don't know if his diagnostic is completely true. With both of my cases, the object worked (sometimes), and then crashed the computer. Do you have any ideas on it???

Here are the specs of my computer:
Processor: Pentium 4 3.20Ghz
OS: Windows XP
Motherboard: Asus P5GZ-MX
HD Western Digital 80GB

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Check this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Motherboard / Graphics Ca ...

I never fit a new Motherboard without investing in a decent Power Supply as well, 500-600 Watts. Good investment when installing a new Motherboard.

You could try the new Power Supply before purchasing the Motherboard.

Replace the CMOS battery as well.

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power supply

by .Martin. In reply to Check this

The motherboard was not new, it is the one i got with the computer about a year ago.

As for the power supply, it is brand new. As the Graphics card asked for a 580 watt, I got a 650 watt.

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So you are only

by Jacky Howe In reply to power supply

up for $78.00 + freight and some CPU Grease. From what little info that I have been able to find that card should run but if your PCIe slot is gone it won't.

We are talking about the board that was connected to the modem that got hit I take it.

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sort of

by .Martin. In reply to So you are only

Yes the board was connected to the router, but it was doing it way before that happened.

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Looks like the

by Jacky Howe In reply to sort of

Tech that you took it to was right. Especially if he tried different cards.

Lets hope that the next one isn't a lemon.

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Well it depends on what was tried first

by OH Smeg In reply to Motherboard / Graphics Ca ...

Quite often the Intel 945 Chipsets don't like the NVIDIA Chip Sets. So if several different cards where actually tried on this M'Board and they where all NVIDIA then it is quite possible that none of them actually worked particularly if they where all the same Chip Set Type NVIDIA Video Cards.

Generally when this happens you need to try a ATI Video Card int he PCIX Slot and see if that works now. If it does there is a Incompatibility between th NVIDIA Video Chip Set and the Intel M'Board Chipset. Even then you may need to try a few different ATI Chip Set Video Cards. In the old days when you have a Chip Set Incompatibility the system would just not boot but these days the screen tends to remain blank most of the time with occasionally a Picture appearing till the Chip Set Incompatibility kills off the Boot Process or the Entire System with just a Hang and no picture appearing.

Just on the basis of what has been give here I would prefer to say that the M'Board needs more testing and as it's easier to change a Video Card than a M'Board I would start off looking fro a ATI PCI X Video Card that you can try in this computer before pulling the plug and changing the M'Board.


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don't think it could

by .Martin. In reply to Well it depends on what w ...

that may explain why the graphics card would not work, but not why the ide card wouldn't

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If this does'nt work I think you have problems

by Jacky Howe In reply to don't think it could

Remove the Video Card from the PC. Restart the PC and go to the Device Manager in Windows, right-click the entry for the driver for your onboard graphics card and select Disable. Apply the changes and shut down your PC.

Boot the PC and enter the BIOS One of these keys should get you in.


Tip: If your computer is a new computer and you are unsure of what key to press when the computer is booting, try pressing and holding one or more keys the keyboard. This will cause a stuck key error, which may allow you to enter the BIOS setup.. Go to the 'Advanced Features? page and select to 'Disable Onboard VGA?. The wording and location may vary according to your BIOS, but you should be able to find it. Press [F10] to save changes to the BIOS and exit.

Shutdown and insert the Video Card. Reconnect the Monitor to the new card.

Your PC should now boot recognising your new graphics card and prompt you to install the new drivers for it in Windows.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to don't think it could
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Hey Col you going for <b>667</b>

by Jacky Howe In reply to X-(

You been back to those beauraucrats again.

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