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Swap 9800 Pro for 9700 Pro

I have 2 computers with ATI Radeon AGP video cards, both work just fine. One card is a Radeon 9800 Pro on an ECS Intel motherboard with a 400W PSU and the other is a Radeon 9700 Pro on an Asus AMD motherboard with a 380W PSU both computers use the latest video drivers from ATI.

Now, I want to use the 9800 Pro in the computer that currently has the 9700 Pro, but when I exchange the 9800 card for the 9700 card there is NO video signal prior to post. I've checked the bios for the correct AGP VGA setting, that didn't help.

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  • dlcampbe Oct 30, 2007

    Both cards require the same drivers. I did, however, remove the drivers before trying to install the 9800. When booting with the 9800 installed, there is no video signal prior to post, no beep, nothing.

  • dlcampbe Oct 30, 2007

    I have no onboard video on either computer and each has just one AGP slot. In "Device Manager" there are no conflicts, both video cards are shown correctly.

    OK, I switched PSUs, the 9800 still will not post. I also put the 9700
    in the other computer without changing the ATI drivers and it booted
    right in to Windows.

    Go figure?



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You must uninstall the current driver and reinstall the driver for the 9800 Pro first:
Power supply recommended is 300watt for each, so that is not a factor. It would have to be a driver conflict.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007

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    Lyle Siemens Oct 30, 2007

    You also may try to hook the video cable to the onboard video first so you can configure it first before connecting it back to your video card. Make sure it is also the default driver for your card, this can be changed under control panel under display settings then advanced button then adapter tap, Make sure the info is correct first. Failing that, try a different slot for the card. There is a solution for this problem but I am just trying to troubleshoot the basics first. Also check under device settings under system---and clicking the hardware tab. Look for a yellow exclamation mark under device manager, then chek the status of the card from there.



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