Update 12/17 - BIOS corrupted, will try my board's recovery feature this afternoon. Considering buying a new motherboard?
So I received a lovely and wonderful surprise last night when my Newegg shipment arrived early. I picked up a new power supply (as I had been having issues), and while I was at it I figured I could do with picking up my 4th and final gig of RAM and, the big one, a brand new GPU.
The power supply and RAM, of course, went in fine. I'm stuck having a few issues with the GPU.
I'm running, currently:
- Asus M2N-Plus SLI Vista Edition Mobo
- AMD Athlon 64 x2 Processor
- 500W Power supply
My GPU was an 8600GT, which still works just fine and is currently installed.
My new GPU is a Radeon HD 5770, and I have not yet been able to get it to work correctly.
The issue, is that once mounted into the PCI-e slot and connected to everything necessary the system will give me the "No-VGA" beep code (1 long, 3 short) before continuing with boot as normal. It's just that my monitor will not display any video signal through the 5770's DVI. The strange part is that it boots just fine. After awhile I hear the Vista "startup" music, etc.
I did what I thought was my research before purchase, and have since come to consider a few things that may have been overlooked, before, as they are tangentially related but with terms far enough from my hardware to make the searches miss them the first time around.
I have heard a lot of stories about incomparability in the ATI 5xxx series, though none with my particular problem, exactly. Some suggest that the 1GB memory on the card is too much for the older motherboard; others believe that you need a 600-700W power supply, minimum, for the card to run.
In any case, I ran Newegg's "how much wattage?" program with the new card, etc., and was given, I believe, 480W or so, hence the 500W supply. I was also, from reading up on the card and experiences, led to believe that I wouldn't have any issues with compatibility, even if I wasn't going to get the full power of the card without some further upgrades.
Which leaves me to my actual question: How can I get this to work? Any ideas as to why the video card won't display? Should I RMA and swap out for a lesser card I know will work, or am I better off upgrading mobo/processor (as I plan to) and holding the 5770 in reserve for when I do, in fact, upgrade?
I, also, know that I have a mobo/processor upgrade coming sooner rather than later. My old dual-core is beginning to show it's age, and I'd like some PCI-e2.0 ports on my mobo. The GPU was bought with this sort of "forward" thinking, and I wanted to get a decent card that would only improve in performance as I replace and upgrade my other components.
Oh, I think it's worthwhile to say that the only real graphically intensive activity on the PC is WoW, and the boosted system requirements for Cataclysm is what has, mostly, informed my choice of upgrading my GPU.
tl;dr- ATI HD Radeon 5770 card gives me a "No-VGA" beep code and will not display video, though my system boots and runs no problem.