Question about ASUS EN7600GT/2DHT/256 (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card

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Vertical lines at BIOS splash screen

Hello, I've looked through your archives and my problem is very simlar to http://www.fixya.com/support/t398635-dunno_whats_problem

My graphics card had power running to it and the fan was spinning, and Device Manager failed to see any problems. My harddrive seemed fine but it wouldn't boot windows on my main desktop (just like the problem in the above post) and the BIOS splash screen on my main desktop was graphically distorted with vertical lines. I tried to boot XP from that harddrive in a different computer and it froze also.

So I repartitioned and reformated the HD as advised in that previous post, and things seemed ok. However, the BIOS splash screen still showed verticle distortion.

My motherboard is an ASUS M2N SLI Deluxe, gfx card is an ASUS EN7600GT. I downloaded the latest non-beta BIOS from ASUS and the latest chipset drivers. After installing the chipset drivers and nForce stuff, I just tried to flash the BIO with the latest version of ASUS's BIOS update. The "Erase ROM" proceedure worked, as did "Flash ROM", but "Verify ROM" failed at about 86% and the system has crashed when I asked it to retry.

I've never lost a BIOS before, is it a "Time to buy a new motherboard" situation? Also, does it sound like the BIOS or motherboard was at fault, or could it be my GPU or graphics card memory also?

Thanks very much Experts!

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  • themandontgi Feb 04, 2009

    Hey SubliMation, thanks very much for your response.

    I have a Gamestream OCZ 700watt PSU. Since posting I remembered that I have had a similar problem once and you can take the small round battery out of the motherboard and disconnect it from power for half an hour or so.

    The motherboard reinstated an old BIOS from a rom it had somewhere so I'm back to the point of having Windows XP working with no graphics distortions so far (though I've yet to try running anything gfx heavy).

    I still have vertical lines appear both on the BIOS splash screen and on the black XP loading screen (rows and columns of 4 verticle dotted lines). Something I can put up with, but it seems indicitave of a larger problem with the gfx card or motherboard or whatever else. I don't know enough to make an educated guess.


  • themandontgi Feb 04, 2009

    Thanks for the reply Buschchris1 :)

    I think my PSU is ok, but I disconnected my 2ndary HD, the soundblaster, the Plextor, and the old floppy drive and 56k modem. It didn't make a difference though.

    I'd already reset the BIOS and reseated the card but I didn't think to try the 2nd PCI-E slot. That didn't work either though.

    After reformatting I was using XP in 640x480 without drivers for the gfx card. When I installed them, XP wouldn't load, same problem as before. I uninstalled the drivers and tried it again a couple times and same result.

    My gfx card was about 2 years old. I expected it to last longer but I guess not. Does this seem to be a common thing with people running graphics-heavy programs? Should I have had a better PSU?

    Thanks very much Busch and Subli :)


  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    I'm the same way themandontgi, I don't really know what the problem could be. You definitely have the power to run the system, the only problem I can think of is that your PCIe x16 slot has some dust in it causing some of the lines on the BIOS and XP loading screens. However that's a real long-shot. It could also be the motherboard as you suggested, with some sort or manufacturing defect. Those tend to happen every now and then.

    Sorry I can't help you that much. I simply don't have any ideas about the issue. :-\


  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    What type of PSU do you have? Perhaps it went weird and messed up your motherboard causing the screen abnormalities while looking at the BIOS options.

    I don't think you're going to have much luck getting your motherboard to boot after the failed BIOS flash. Not real certain as I've never had to deal with it, yet from what I've heard I don't think you can boot from a motherboard (or re-flash the BIOS of the motherboard) which powered down while you were flashing the BIOS.

    If it turns out to be as I said, you can send the motherboard back to ASUS and ask them to change out the BIOS ROM chip. Depending on if you're still under warranty or not, you might have to pay a small fee.


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Is your power supply rated to hand the board and the graphics card and all the other hardware?

Did the issue star with the video card?

try removing the extras like the CD drive and any other PCI devices and just putting the graphics card in and whats needed to boot the computer.

Also, reseat the graphiocs card.

also try installing just the drivers for the video card without any of the over clock software.

Try resetting your BIOS by disconnecting the power cabel and removing the BIOS battery and waiting a minute, put back in and restart/

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