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System doesn't boot up when 9600GT 512mb is attached

I rcently got a second hand 9600GT 512mb graphic for my AsusA8N-E based system. When I put the car in (and attach the PCI 6 pin power) the system doesn't boot up, the graphics card fan starts ut thats about it. T

he guy who I bought the card from says it worked perfectly when it was sent. Any ideas?

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  • Drew Mellowship
    Drew Mellowship Nov 16, 2008

    No, the system doesn't seem to boot up at all, it powers on but that's it. No green light on the monitor or anything. It seems the drivers were the same set from nvidia as my previous card.

    I have connected it correctly, but perhaps the 500Watt PSU isn't enough?

    Thanks for any help!


  • Drew Mellowship
    Drew Mellowship Nov 16, 2008

    no, the monitor doesn't come on whatsoever. I took it to a computer shop and they said they couldn't boot their system up when it was plugged in. In terms of molex connectors, I only seem to have two places to connect anythin as hopefully you will see in the image *1 & *2. Now * is for HD I believe and *2 is the six pin connector which I had connected, I didn't have any other connector attached as there was nothing available.

    Thanks for any further help ! As yet no success.


  • Drew Mellowship
    Drew Mellowship Nov 17, 2008


    The computer shop tried the card on their system with their own monitors but their systems would not boot up with it attached.


  • Drew Mellowship
    Drew Mellowship Nov 17, 2008

    Many thanks Steve, I look forward to as much help I can recieve as hopefully give others !

    Take care & very best wishes,


  • Drew Mellowship
    Drew Mellowship Nov 18, 2008


    No problem - I really appreciate all the helpful hints and tips. I believe the card to be faulty and I am taking it up with the seller. Once again thank you ever so much for all your help & understanding.


  • icreationsad Jan 31, 2009

    I Have the Same Problem Not BIOS even.. but the person said that he had the card working..:(

  • Stephen Medley
    Stephen Medley May 11, 2010

    Check this review out and see if you have what you are supposed to have. It is not clear to me as to whether you have lost your ability to boot even to setup, have any display at all or what. Does the monitor led turn green? Did you receive drivers? Check this out of the box list first:



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Can't you see the card is faulty.

You even went to a computer shop and it did not start, ask a report from computer shop and ask money back from original seller by sending them a copy of the shop report.

A device of this kind may have gone faulty at any time, the original seller is wrong, and sold you a faulty item.

Write him and ask a full refund.

Buy a new card in the meanwhile, this is just a piece of scrap.

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Hi Steve,

Well I didn't take my monitor but they did test it on their own systems with their own monitors, but the computer systems themselves would not boot up at all.

Cheers !


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500W should be plenty unless you have an icemaker connected. I would try that card in another computer if you can to verify it works before it dies trying in this computer. Does the monitor go green right at the start of boot then go yellow? If not put your old card back in. If all is well then something is up with that card. Also make sure that the fan spins easy as that could cause a current draw if its impeded somehow. Also I assume that you have both 4-pin molex connectors connected to the 6-pin. Post back to note any progress. Steve Medley

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    Stephen Medley Nov 17, 2008

    Drew, did you say that the computer shop could not boot their computer up with your monitor attached?

  • Stephen Medley
    Stephen Medley Nov 17, 2008

    Dear Drew, it is remarkable to be of service to a person such as yourself that frankly, helps up help you in your interaction as you are our only eyes and ears. I am inviting another expert to offer a fresh view to see if there are any stones yet unturned before we go on. respectfully, Steve Medley

  • Stephen Medley
    Stephen Medley Nov 18, 2008

    Some of the experts more familiar with gaming hardware were skeptical that someone would sell a video card of that caliber unless it had a problem though of course that cannot be known to us with certainty. They said that there were no more solutions to offer other than what I had previously related to you. Best wishes and thank you for your patience. Steve Medley


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