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  1. ImStormy

    ImStormy Thread Starter

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    This post is going to involve 2 PCs, which I will refer to as PC 1 and PC 2. They are identical except for their graphics card and power supply. They both have ASUS P5E Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 3.00GHz, 3.25 RAM, running windows XP.

    PC 1 ( gforce 8800gt card and a 500 watt power supply )

    The LG monitor went off and never came back on. My sister had an old vga Mitsubishi diamond plus 91. I didn't have the funds yet to buy a new one so I hooked that up and everything was fine for about a week or two. Then the monitor shuts off and goes into power saving mode. I assume power supply and it sits waiting for a new one.

    PC 2 ( gforce 9800gtx card and a 700 watt power supply )

    The LG monitor went off and never came back on. I take the Mitsubishi from PC 1 and a week later, the monitor shuts off and goes into power saving mode. I assumed the monitor finally died and went out and bought a new acer flat screen. I hooked it up and when I booted up I heard 1 long beep and 3 short beeps. The monitor went into power saving mode. I then researched and found that beeping code to be an Award Bios error saying the graphic card was bad. I pulled the card from PC 1 and upon boot up I heard 1 long beep and 3 short beeps.

    As I read this back to myself, I am seeing and feeling sick at the thought of....did I fry 2 graphic cards by using that old vga? They are both lifetime warrantied but it means both PCs down for as long as it takes to RMA them. :( I am currently on my laptop, but my world is on both those pc's.

    I am hoping you can help me put together at least 1 PC and not tell me I need a new motherboard lol ;). Let me know what it is you need to know. I appreciate any input.
     
  2. PCTechnican

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    if the monitor is not coming on its not the graphics card as it will still operate sounds to me to be a RAM problem. you need to jus check that it it inserted into the port properly that's all I can say with the info you gave as POST beeps differ with the motherboard chipset I would need to know what motherboard's you was using to determine the POST error
     
  3. PCTechnican

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    is the pc its self booting up and staying on? if so its not the power. you really need to check your RAM
     
  4. ImStormy

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    Here is an update. I found the gforce 8500 that came with my pc originally and put it in and it worked. Its been a couple hours and now the new 24" Acer flat screen went into power saver mode. Showing a "No Signal".

    The Motherboard for both is Asus P5E

    Would the RAM be the same for the other pc? What are the odds?
     
  5. PCTechnican

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    well it indeed is a problem with the graphics card as 1 long + 3 short = No video card or bad video RAM. it sounds like it could be the monitor what's caused the problem if its happened to 2 pc connected to the same monitor.
     
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    Post the EXACT specs of your PSU for both machines please.

    As advised above please also chk your RAM with MemTest86+ letit run for ATLEAST 7 passes

    On PC 2 you state 700 watt PSU..well I konw that the 9800GTX+ is a BEFFY power hungry GPU so if you have a crappy "700 watt" psu its likely its not getting enough juice and MIGHT be casuing problems
     
  7. ImStormy

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    I am running memtest now. Where will it put the results? I am hoping the monitor or issue lets it complete and not shut it down like its been doing. so run this test 7 x?
     
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    yes preferably run it overnight as it will take SEVERAL hours to complete. It will tell you a simple pass or fail
     
  9. ImStormy

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    The result was 7 passes and zero errors. So I am completely lost. Do I have 2 dead cards and 2 failing power supplies? Where it stands right now is I can boot up and after a few minutes the monitor powers down. The pc stays running.
     
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    I would go with a PSU or GPU failure...the only way to test for sure is to swap in KNOWN working parts.
     
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