Given how hard it is today to install XP with proper BIOS and more importantly MOTHERBOARD DRIVER PACKAGES along with folk that continue to dismiss how important a monster power supply can be, I'm left to wonder if those areas were discussed. Also I'm finding failing, CRANKY Nvidia 8x00 cards out there. Pop in a new GT 220 to 250 and the machine problems go away. But how would a home builder do that?
Hello, I'm stuck and this is my last resort before I buy a new motherboard as a last attempt to fix the problem.
I have been running a EVGA Geforce 8800 for years now, with some crashes now and then. Recently the computer has gone into a few weird start ups where it would continuously restart over and over after a few seconds. I figured a hardware problem. Eventually, after disconnecting the power and restarting it would come back up. One day I started it, I heard the normal beep, and it just hung. No signal on the monitor, and the hard drive light wasn't flashing and it wasnt booting up. I shut it off and turned it on like usual, but nothing happened. The fan was still spinning on the video card so I figured it was still getting power. Finally just for ***** and giggles, I decided to hook up the monitor to the on board video. I started the computer and everything loaded up perfectly using the on board video. At this point I figured the video card took a crap, or the power supply was faulty to the video card. I planned on getting another video card anyway, so I went and bought a newer card put it in and FAILED to start, same as with the old geforce card. So, now I'm thinking power supply. I had another power supply standing by, so I put that in and STILL a blank screen when using any video card, no signal to the monitor, but everything works fine with the onboard video. The geforce card doesn't show up in the device manager either. So I'm thinking maybe something when bad in the E-PCI slot? Any Other Idea's? I did check the bios to make sure it was set for the epci slot and not onboard video, and it is supposed to run the epci slot first.
Windows XP professional
AMD 6000+ Dual core processor
2 Gig of Memory
EVGA Geforce 8800 GTX
Thanks for any help.