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Major video card problem

by KoMoDo / November 4, 2004 7:27 PM PST


this is kind of a long question but its almost all the info u'll need, tell me if u need anything else.
so, i have an XFX Geforce FX 5200 (upgraded from the onboard video that came with my PC, which is bad) its now, about 2 months ago, i was in NY, and got an XFX Geforce FX 5900xt got it 1 day before flight, didnt check it because i was afraid the PSU was way too weak, a cheap "Hipro" 250W psu.. lol
anyways, got back to Israel, after rebuilding my hp a220n comp i used the 5200, then decided on upgrading to the 5900xt... uninstalled nvidia 61.77 drivers, it wanted to reboot, i did and then closed it down... put the 5900xt in, plugged a molex connector on the back, made sure it was plugged correctly, and guess what... i load the computer up, and i get weird pink lines all over the place, couldnt get drivers to install cause it kept rebooting and random blue screens while loading.. etc
anyways, i knew the problem was that the card was defected, told my sister to take it with her and RMA it back to XFX once shes back to NY, after about 2-3 weeks, they sent her a replacement (possibly the same one... lol) and then, a friend of hers got back to israel so he gave it to me yesterday... put it in, and guess what ? i get somethin like:
Geforce fx 5900xt BIOS
128.0 MB Memory

and that stuff is filled with weird dots and squares and stuff, all over the screen, not just that... once that screen is done, it just doesnt do ANYTHING....
i do have a hardware profile choosing thing on startup (used the tutorial from but that shouldnt do anything...
i do have to say though, that i havent uninstalled the drivers, just wanted to see if they matter.. and im pretty sure they dont...

any ideas guys ? im REALLY angry about this whole situation.. theres no way im going to last with a 5200 for like 2 more years... cause im a gamer(trying to at least :-P) and i got most of the new games, and i just cant play them... really IS annoying.... cost 188$ and even though its real cheap compared to the price it is in israel (not from XFX, some other companies) theres no way my dad is gonna buy me anything now... unless i get this to work...

10x alot i REALLY appreciate any help and if possible i need it ASAP because if i wont get this one to work we probably arent gonna RMA it again, since no one we know is goin to the US and no one is returning anytime soon... im really disappointed, and help would be GREATLY apprciated.

10x really,


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Re: Major video card problem with 250 Watt supply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2004 8:41 PM PST

I'd find it suspect that a 250 Watt power supply could handle that new spiffy video card and what's in the PC. Who decided to fit such a small power supply with all this?

In short, cut your losses and find a 450 Watt supply to remove the power shortage issues out of this picture. I'd be surprised if support staffers didn't tell you about this.


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Re: Major video card problem with 250 Watt supply.
by KoMoDo / November 4, 2004 8:52 PM PST

errr... forgot to write that
i threw away the 250W psu.. i already wrote i didnt wanna try it, so what makes u think i have decided to try it ?!
im on a 500W psu right now...



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Now make a new post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2004 9:12 PM PST

Leaving out such a detail wastes time with others thinking it's the usual power issue.

At this point it could be the card is either defective, the host machine's BIOS is out of date, the OS is not properly installed with missing drivers for the motherboard or other.

I can't tell from your post since you gaffed the power supply and what else.

Take some time and craft a new post with current details.


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Re: Now make a new post.
by KoMoDo / November 6, 2004 1:56 AM PST
In reply to: Now make a new post.

that post is good, the only thing i forgot was the PSU...

anyways, the bios doesnt have any updates that actually help about this problem.

the OS is installed perfectly.
im pretty sure its just the 2nd defective card, my brother in law sent them an email and they replied back saying they will actually TEST it now and send it to him again, and then, till he'll come to israel will be like in a few weeks (really hope so)... im just lucky he's coming back in a few weeks and not like in half a year, i do hope he WILL come back in a few weeks.

we'll see.

any other ideas guys ? or shall i just wait for the new one which'll get here in less than a month i hope so (thats still a long time.. better than nothing thats for sure)...



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