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New video card problem...

Romero ZombieRomero Zombie Registered User regular
edited February 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So I upgraded my Geforce 6600 GT to the 8800 GT (which is huge, but that's neither here nor there) So last night, I go to take out the old card, and pop in the new one, it's the only thing I change. When I go to boot up my computer once it's all in, I get this long continuous beep, and my computer won't boot up. Is the card bad? Or was it's beefiness to much to handle?

Here's what I have

Motherboard: Chaintech VNF4
AMD Athlon 1.3 Ghz (I believe anyway)
1 Gigabyte ram
Antec 460W Power supply


edit: I should mention when I throw in the old video card, I boot up ok. Am I gonna have to send this card back?

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    sYnistersYnister Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    did you plug in to card properly? what i mean is my old 6600gt didnt have a 6pin pcie power connector attached to it but when i bought my 8800gt i had to plug it in straight to the PSU. like on my card:
    http://c1.neweggimages.com/NeweggImage/productimage/14-121-224-07.jpg

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    Romero ZombieRomero Zombie Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    sYnister wrote: »
    did you plug in to card properly? what i mean is my old 6600gt didnt have a 6pin pcie power connector attached to it but when i bought my 8800gt i had to plug it in straight to the PSU. like on my card:
    http://c1.neweggimages.com/NeweggImage/productimage/14-121-224-07.jpg

    Let me give that a shot - I've never had a video card that needed that before.

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    vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    As sYnister said, check for a power connector on the video card, make sure it's getting the additional power it needs. If your power supply doesn't have a 6-pin connector that fits, you're going to need a newer power supply. Newer PCI-E cards need that 6-pin power cable in order to run. Once you're sure it's getting power, I'd say try reseating the card. Look at the card from an angle, make sure it's not jutting out of the slot at one end or the other, make sure it's seated deeply enough to make contact with the pins in the socket, etc. If power and proper seating don't resolve your issue, then I'd say it's a DOA card.

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    Romero ZombieRomero Zombie Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Looks like I am going to need a new power supply because I don't have a six pin connector

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    Romero ZombieRomero Zombie Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Outside of buying a new PSU - would this be sufficient?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201004


    Or am I better off buying a new PSU?

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    vonPoonBurGervonPoonBurGer Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    My only concern with a 4-pin to 6-pin adapter would be that a new PSU with the 6-pin cable would give the card dedicated voltage, whereas with the 4-pin connector your card is sharing voltage with other devices on the same rail. At least, I think the PCI-E connector gets its own dedicated voltage, but it's possible it's shared with another rail. Anyway, using the adapter might result in some system instability under load, but I doubt it would damage your gear. If your current power supply is of decent quality and provides enough juice for the components in your system, my guess is that the adapter would be fine.

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