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Funny behaviour possibly caused by a failing power supply

I'm trying to solve a problem with my hp pavilion 304w. It was working just fine, but then I put in an Nvidia GeForce 6200 pci card. Now sometimes I'll try to boot and it will act like it's booting but nothing will show up on the screen. Then when I get it to boot it will freeze in the middle of something and absolutely nothing but the power button will fix it. Also I rebooted a little while ago and it told be that my media audio controller driver needed reinstalling. It was acting Like I had just put in a sound card which I hadn't. Any ideas as to why all this stuff might be happening?


Calvin B.

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  • Claviner Jan 30, 2010

    I'm pretty sure it's up to date. I bought it new with the driver cd. I will look into the bios thing.

  • Claviner Jan 30, 2010

    Apparently none of these are my problem.

  • Claviner Jan 31, 2010

    Would a graphics card compatability stop sound drivers from working? I suppose it was multimedia controller which is not just sound.

  • Claviner Jan 31, 2010

    Ok. I checked the bios and it is fine. Everything is configured ok. I have a 200w "stock" power supply. I spoke with someone else about this. They said that graphics cards can take up a lot of power depending on how you use them. I think this is the problem. I will be testing it with a different supply soon. Thanks for your help.



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Does the board have onboard graphics? If it does you will have to dissable it in the bios. Try updating the the driver, goto my computer and right click, enter properties, goto device driver, click on the "+" next to video adapters and right click choose update driver and the the internet option, it takes a few minutes so be patient, also if you see any exclamation marks in the device manager tree do the same thing with them.
pls post back your findings.

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  • jimnuggats Jan 30, 2010

    It seems to be some sort of incompatibility issue with your graphics card, ive got a feeling it might be down to irq requests, if the pc has onboard graphics take the nvidia card back out and boot using the onboard graphics,or the original graphics card it cams with, the driver for that card may need to be uninstalled before you put the new graphics card in try it. pls post me back with the results

  • jimnuggats Jan 31, 2010

    The graphics and sound are all under multimedia so it possible that the two can conflict, if there driver is trying to use the same irq request then it would cancel the other out, i dont know for sure but i have seen this same type of problem with a Gateway computer i was upgrading, it just would not work properly with the nvidia graphics language for some reason, i dont know whether these factory built pcs are designed for upgrade unless you upgrade the bios, so that could be a possible sollution. If you have a look on the HP site to see if there is a program you can download to upgrade the bios you could give that a try, Make sure you understand how to do it before you attempt it because if it is not done properly you could corrupt the bios and the pc wont boot at all. post back and tell me what happens.

  • jimnuggats Jan 31, 2010

    If you only have a 200w power supply then it is advisible to upgrade it to update pcs, i'd say about a 350 to 450 w should be good enough, graphics cards do **** up some power. hope you do solve it by doing that and thanks for the post back. cheers.



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