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Well, the new monitor works but the new video card doesn't. *sigh* PC doesn't give the "no video card" beeps when I try to boot it with the new card, but it doesn't actually boot either. I wonder... the card is for a 4X/8X AGP bus, but this motherboard provides a 2X/4X. Am I SOL and this combination is simply unusable? (Seems a bit excessive for the card to refuse to start up though)

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dan_lane
Mar. 9th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
I had a similar problem where my graphics card drew too much power from the cheap generic motherboard I was using, First I tried a new PSU and when that didn't work I got a decent motherboard and its fine now.

As a sweetener I got gigabit ethernet, SATA RAID and dolby 5.1 on the new board too ;P
araqnid
Mar. 10th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
well, I'm going to get a new motherboard on the grounds that it doesn't cost much to upgrade from my aging Asus KT7A-- I can get one that supoprts my existing processor/memory, but allows for a decent upgrade of them too. And has LAN, SATA, USB2 and sound onboard. I'll give it a go. Some people on hardware suggested just resetting the CMOS on the board, too.
araqnid
Mar. 10th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
Urnf, that's Abit KT7A, not Asus. I think. Odd, though, it doesn't claim to support a 1.4GHz Athlon or DDR memory. I hope I've not gone completely nuts trying to remember what type of memory I've got in there. /me tries to walk back through various bits of kit bought at various times...
dan_lane
Mar. 10th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC)
I upgraded to an ASUS A7V600.
araqnid
Mar. 10th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
(actually, mine was the Abit KG7, now that I've got home and had a look).

Hey hey, I'm getting a Gigabyte board with the same VIA KT600 chipset on it :}
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araqnid
Mar. 10th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
Yes-- with the card in, I don't even get the "you haven't got a video card" beeps. The card is an XFX 5900XT. Hmm, looking at the System requirements, it does it it *requires* an AGP2.0 or later slot, but *recommends* an AGP3.0 slot. I don't know offhand which AGP version I have-- I'm a bit hazy on precisely which motherboard it is, tbh.

The card *looks* undamaged, and came in a retail box rather than as an OEM part, so I guess it had a bit more protection in transit. Unfortunately, I don't have any other machines to test it in. But I have decided to invest in a modern motherboard that definitely supports AGP3.0, so hopefully that will solve things.
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araqnid
Mar. 10th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
My power supply is rated as 340W-- I had to upgrade it last time to power the CPU :}
araqnid
Mar. 10th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
actually, now I come to think of it, this is possibly the PSU supplied with the case... but it's an Overclockers' case, and it definitely says "340W" on it.

Will try taking all the cards out, though. I have two HDs, SCSI card, LAN card etc. as well fighting for power. (Although if this actually works, I'll be stuck).
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