Monitor unresponsive with new video card

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Hi.

I got a Nvidia GeForce 6800XT to replace my Nvidia GeForce FX5200, but when I put the new card in and start my computer up, the monitor is unresponsive and blank, but I can still stick my old one back in and everything works fine. They are both AGP cards and I make sure they are seated right. They are both GeForce cards so video card drivers aren't a problem, and I even ran DriverCleanerPro before putting the new card in just to be sure.

At first I thought it was just a PSU problem so I bought a 400 watt PSU with 18A on the 12 rails to replace my 250 watt one which as far as I know should definitely be enough to run the card, but that didn't solve the problem, so I returned the card and got another one to make sure the card wasn't defective. Turns out that didn't work either.

I've also tried it on a different monitor but it didn't work either. On my monitor, when I try pressing some of the controls on it while its unresponsive, it says "In power save mode, press any key or move mouse to exit" but if I do it just goes back to a blank screen.

So... now I'm lost on what to try next.

The problem is getting really frustrating, and if anyone could offer some help I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks.
 
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Welcome!

What you have failed to advise is if the PC is actually booting or not with the new card in?

i.e. do you get the startup single beep, and any startup music etc? If not, the problem is deeper than just the card.

If the PC is booting, is the default refresh rate too high for the monitor (assuming an LCD monitor, but again we don't know if that is the monitor type)?

Does the PC boot OK and display OK in Safe Mode with the new card? If so, set the refresh lower.
 

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Hi. Thanks for the welcome, this looks like a really great site.

Sorry about not giving enough information. My computer starts up perfectly fine, the only problem is the monitor. I don't remember the specifics on the beeps, I'll have to try again and see. My monitor is an LCD and I turned up the refresh rates up to the max.

Also, if it helps at all: everything in my computer runs fine with the new card, and the fan on the card even runs but the monitor just doesn't display anything and the light on it is orange.
 
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u said somthing about drivers. Did you may be using a gforce card like b4 but you still need to install the drivers that came with the card. did you do that
 
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I experienced a similar problem before, and the fix (for me) was sismple. The place where I connected my monitor to my video card (also GeForce 6800XT, but PCI-e), I had not made a firm enough connection. By this I mean that the little blue connector with the screws in it, was not completely connected to the video card. I guessed this because when I turned my monitor with the cable disconnected, it provided a pure blue screen.

My stats:
ASUS A8n-SLI deluxe (SLI)
AMD 3800+
GeForce 7900GTX OEM (2x for SLI)
Hyundai LCD monitor

I USED to have 6800XT's, mind you. The card you used to replaced your old should work, but we dont know what motherboard you have. It may be an incompatibility issue with the mobo and vid card, or perhaps mobo and monitor (doubt the second one though).

My main question is: <b><i>What motherboard (make and model) are you currently using?</b></i>

I believe both nVidia and the manufacturer of your video card have lists of which motherboard/video vard are co they are compatible with.



try all of these. best of luck to you. =]
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 4600 and have not upgraded the motherboard. According to the program PC Wizard, I have Mainboard : Dell Computer Corp. 02Y832 with serial number 4CDK231. I don't know if that will help at all but... yeah.

WhiteHat I wish that was my problem, but my card connects to the board fine. Thanks you very much though.
 
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ooh, yeah. Dell has OEM parts, naturally, and I think they usually go with Intel boards...however, I know that they tweak the bios with their own specialized configuration, so I wouldnt really know how to work with that (thats why I dont mess with my Dell laptop, LoL).
 
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got to ask did you plug the power into the new card, some cards have a connection right on the graphics card you have to connect to the psu
 

Okies

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Yeah I plug it in. Sorry if I didn't mention that.

Nice picture though. :)
 
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Okies said:
My monitor is an LCD and I turned up the refresh rates up to the max.
Really?

LCD's will not work with "max" refresh rates, they do not need or like rates above about 72Hz, stick with 60 Hz (in safe mode).

What about the single beep on booting?
 

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Hi,

sorry it took so long but today I finally got to try again and it turns out there are no beeps.

I also turned my refresh rates back down, thanks for letting me know about that.
 
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Generally no single short beep = no boot.

So for some reason the card is preventing the PC from booting at all, not just that the settings are incorrect?
 
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