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After installing graphics card, Computer won't turn on ...

I just installed a new graphics card that required plugging in some extra power cables.

After installing, my computer won't turn on ...at all. The mobo indicates (with green light) that power is indeed being supplied.

Initially, I hooked it up to 2 4-pin cables. Then I noticed that the PSU had a spare PCI-E 6-pin output and switched to that.

I reinstalled the old card, and the computer still did not turn on.

Normally, I would call up my IT buddy, but he's not available (get better dude). Hope someone here has an idea. Thanx :)

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  • vornargith Sep 30, 2009

    Oooops ... yes ... it's a desktop problem ... I didn't notice the notebook topic. My apologies.

  • vornargith Oct 01, 2009

    :) Thanks for responding ...
    I've already done the switch-back to the old card ... and no go. The power supply actually meets the card's requirements and more. In fact, I ultimately had a spare 6-pin connection directly to it.

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 11, 2010

    This sounds very much like a desktop computer not a laptop. Can you confirm this please.

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If you remove the upgrade video card, will the system power on? If so, it may be that the power supply in the system is insufficient to power the card.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

  • IQUIT Oct 01, 2009

    OK, if the system will not power on with any video card in the system, then you may have a bad power supply. If there is no power indication with no video card or any peripheral item connected to system, then I'd disconnect all power connections internally to drives and leave only the motherboard connections and see if you get any power, If still no go, it is either the power supply or the motherboard. I'd replace the power supply 1st.

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Just bought a new graphics card, the asus gt 640 and have stuck it in the computer only to find that it's not working, the fan on the card is spinning, but there is no display showing.


1) Actually the card only requires up to 75 Watts by itself.

A PCI-Express x16 slot on a motherboard is designed to provide up to 75 Watts.

Therefore no extra PCI Express power cable is needed.

(6-pin PCI Express power cable provides up to an additional 75 Watts,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#pciexpress

8-pin PCI Express power cable provides up to an additional 150 Watts,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#pciexpress8

Do NOT mix the 8-pin EPS + 12 Volt graphics card power cable, up with an 8-pin EPS +12 Volt power cable.
It plugs into the motherboard.
An advancement of the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#eps8

The 350 Watt Minimum power requirement you saw stated, is from the manufacturer, and deems a complete computer system.
Not just the graphics card.

Graphics card drivers, and user interface software installed, (Nvidia Control Panel. Suggest do not use Asus Tweak), -> F-I-R-S-T.

Then physically install the graphics card, FOLLOWING Anti-Static Precautions.

Monitor plugged into graphics card, computer turned on, you got nuthin', RMA the graphics card. It's no good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121643

Scroll down a little. Click on -> Feedback.
[Details / Feedback ]

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Primo,

A graphics card has it's own Processor and graphics memory.
The Processor is a GPU,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

Slang? Graphics chipset.

This means it runs independent of the system resources;
the Processor and Ram Memory on the motherboard.

Means if they come out with a graphics card using GDDR1000, you can still use DDR2 Sdram ram memory.

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Windows running, install ALL of the graphics card's software.
The drivers, and the user interface;
(ATI? Catalyst Control Center)

It's okay as Windows won't use the software yet.

If you are asked if you want to restart your computer -> NO
Close all windows, go back to the desktop screen.
Turn the computer OFF.

Open the computer case, FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.
Remove the monitor cable from the motherboard, or previous graphics card.

Remove the old graphics card IF you were using one.
Install the new graphics card. Plug the monitor cable into it.
Close the computer case. Plug the computer into power.
WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

Why?


Because when a device is installed on a computer, (Device = Graphics card in this case), Windows will 'break it's neck' to find suitable matching drivers.

If THE drivers for the graphics card are not already installed, Windows will match up one of it's THOUSANDS of generic drivers.
This = No.

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Windows: "Which drivers do I use? These or THESE?" ]

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What video card are compatable with SR1620NX ? The graphics card is not working right anymore and I need a compatable video card.


A PCI Express graphics card.

Doesn't matter if the PCI Express graphics card uses the PCI Express 2.0 technology, or the PCI Express 2.1 technology.

The PCI Express graphics card, will insert into the PCI Express x16 expansion slot on the motherboard.


Supporting data;

1) View of the motherboard in an illustration,

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00378480&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=1127351

Scroll down the page to view the motherboard illustration.

A) Looking at the illustration, view the BATT. (CMOS Battery)

To the left of the CMOS Battery (BATT) are three white PCI slots.
Above them is a longer expansion slot. This is the PCI Express x16 slot.

Above it is marked > PCIX16X1 (PCI x16 times 1 slot)


NOTE* When installing the PCI Express graphics card, lift up gently on the Lock 'handle'.
It looks as though you should push down on it, but you need to lift up on it instead.


Also go above the motherboard illustration, and read to the right of the heading > Internal Connectors

In the list you will see > One PCI Express x16 graphics slot.


WHEN installing a graphics card, ALWAYS install the software from the CD disk provided, First!

Computer on, and Windows running, insert the graphics card's Installation disk, (CD) into the optical drive tray.
Install the software by following the directions.

THEN shut the computer down normally, and unplug the computer from power.
OBSERVE Anti-Static Precautions.
Install the graphics card.
Close the computer case, and plug the monitor into the graphics card.

Turn the computer on.

When you install a device (Such as a graphics card for example), Windows will try to find compatible drivers.
IF, THE driver is not installed First, Windows will match up one of it's thousands of generic drivers.

This = No.

You want THE driver installed first, so that Windows will find it, and Not try to match on of it's generic drivers.

NOTE 2*
It DOESN'T MATTER what graphics ram memory the graphics card has.
The graphics card's Processor and Ram Memory operates independent of the system resources.

Example:
The computer uses DDR Sdram ram memory.
The graphics card uses GDDR5 graphics ram memory.

It will work just fine.

NOTE 3*
It does NOT matter if your computer uses the PCI Express 1.1 technology, and the graphics card uses the PCI Express 2.0, or 2.1 technology.

PCI Express 2.0, and 2.1 technology is Backward Compatible with PCI Express 1.1 technology.

Will you get the full capability of the PCI Express 2.0, or 2.1 graphics card?
NO

Will you notice?
NO


What you need to look at it, is how much power will the graphics card use. Look at the system requirements for the graphics card, and be sure your Power Supply has enough power for that graphics card.

Also, IF, the graphics card requires additional power cables from the Power Supply, make sure your Power Supply has the required power cable, or power cables.
IF the Power Supply does not, use a power adapter cable.


NOTE 4*
Graphics card manufacturer's base the power needed for the graphics card, Not just on the graphics card itself, but on an entire computer system, AND the graphics card.

The graphics card manufacturers use a test computer system, that is a powerful computer system.
Gamer motherboard, Dual Core, or Quad Core processor, 4GB of ram memory, and at least two harddrives, and two optical drives, PLUS the graphics card in question.

This complete computer system uses a LOT more power than just the graphics card by itself.

There isn't a single graphics card out there, that uses more than 150 Watts by itself.

Recommendations for a graphics card that is compatible, with a Compaq Presario SR1620nx desktop computer?

Budget to medium:
Good enough to watch videos, older games, and some newer games.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4675217&CatId=3670

Medium:
Higher level games, and large screen monitors,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6642574&CatId=3669

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1) Did you plug the monitor into the graphics card?

(Hey, happens! Sometimes in our zealousness to see what that baby will do, we mess up a little)

2) Did you install the Drivers? First?

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