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X1550 black screen

I recently built a new pc , and was supplied with a x1550 pcie graphics card.i built the pc in basic form ie no extras added just yet. then when it was up n running i installed my goodies .all went well til i tried to install the graphics card ,its fan runs and it overides the onboard graphics but all i have is a black screen nothing else. iremoved the card and installed the .net software and drivers etc of the supplied disc but still i cant use my new pc unless i take the graphics card out of the case which i think you will agree ,sort of defeats the object of having a graphics card in the first place, please help

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Re: x1550 black screen

You must change your adapter to PCI-E in your bios setup BEFORE installing this card. If the bios is set to onboard or PCI, you will get a black screen.

Hope this helps!!!


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Buy another one

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I have three suggestion. Since your currently using your old video card now I'd like you to update windows. You need to have at least .Net framework 2.0 installed in your PC. Do not skip installtion of earler version of .Net framework like 1.0, 1.1.
If you haven't updated in a while this may take some time.
Download & install DirectX 9.c at this link:
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Restart the PC. After windows finishes loading remove your older video software from Control Panel -Add/Remove. Shut down PC, unplug power cord. Remove older video card, clean slot with a blast of canned air or clean paint brush. Install newer card. Make sure it is seated correctly. Re-connect Pc & boot to windows. Install downloaded drivers. If your card continues to wig-out after 10-45 min, it might be over heating. Make sure you have plenty of fresh air to enter the case.

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