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Computer wont power up after graphics card inserted

Im using a lenovo thinkcentre s51 type 8171. trying to install a geforce 8500 gt. when i insert the card the comp. wont fully power up. it has power even the fan on the card is running but i get no monitor ,keyboard or mouse. all i do get is a series of beep sequences then nothing.

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  • deltasergean Sep 29, 2008

    its a 4-2-3-3 beep code

  • deltasergean Sep 29, 2008

    problem with this is there is no selection in this comps bios to turn off the onboard. i have looked doesnt seem to be anyway only selection is pci wich im not sure if that means it will try to start with pci slot or what but i have tried that aswell same results. i looked at user manual there is two possible aswers to the beep code 1 is screen retrace failed or the other all it says is that it is a fru/ and motherboard is the answer. for screen retrace failed i have no clue im fairly illiterate when it comes to computers the second would suggest i replace the mobo and that seems incorrect because everything operates correctly.

  • deltasergean Sep 29, 2008

    hmm thought i posted this but it must not have posted it turns out this comp was supposed to be shipped with a plastic bevel over the pci e express slot (though it did not) that prevents you from inserting anything except a pcie x1 ,then even the vendors website gave inncorrect spec on the machine. so needless to say time and money wasted due to inadequate informatioin from this comps vendor and i have to say the worst ever support i have talked too aswell

  • John Hong
    John Hong May 11, 2010

    Please describe the beep sequence

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Remove the video card.
Boot the system and go into the BIOS
Set the onboard video to either auto or off, or in some cases you can change priority
Turn off the computer, reinstall the video card and give it a try.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

  • John Hong
    John Hong Sep 29, 2008

    I agree, it is much more likely that this particular video card is not compatible with your motherboard. By any chance is the onboard video ATI?



    a thought, silly question but I have to ask - does this card require additional power and if so, do you have power going to it?

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