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Graphic Card Intallation Woes

Hi All, and happy new year.

I installed a new graphics card on my PC today, but ran into a problem. Here are the details:

I have a Dell P4 3.0 GHz Precision 360 Workstation with Hyperthreading.

I bought an NVidia GE Force 6800 card, made by MSI (A Japanese company-I live in Japan, and dread the upgrading game because of compatibility issues with English OS)

The card fit in the AGP slot without a hitch, after which I closed everything up, connected the cables and turned on the PC.

I was immediately rewarded with a high pitched tone, sort of like a smoke alarm, and the screen stayed black (meaning I didn't get the usual Dell splash screen start-up)...

I switched out the cards and everything is back to normal. I seem to have been lucky and not toasted my motherboard or anything...

My question is... Why the tone? Was it motherboard incompatability, do you suspect a bad card? Could it be the hyperthreading system? On a further note, there was an interesting incident in the store. While I was discussing the card with the salesman at the electronics shop, he took out the card and we looked it over. He was wearing a big ring of keys on a lanyard around his neck. As he was putting the card back this ring of keys brushed across the pins and fan housing on the card.

I pointed this out but he said that it would cause no problems... Since it was the last one in the shop, I went ahead and bought it, against my better judgement. If I have to return this (and I am sure I will), I am looking for causes. Almost always the shop claims it was a user/installer error, but I take all of the appropriate precautions, i.e. grounding myself and so on, so what could have happened?

Sorry this went on forever,


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You can't tell yet.

In reply to: Graphic Card Intallation Woes

Did you see said card work in any machine?

If not, it's suspect.

Most common issue? Many don't install such a lot and don't get the card fully seated.


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Thanks! Sorted out now!

In reply to: You can't tell yet.

Thanks for the advice. It wasn't the card that was not seated properly, it was the power cable. I hadn't pushed it in the right way and it wasn't seated properly (Noob mistake). All is well now!

Thanks again and best wishes for the season. You have helped me many times in the past!


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