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Old 05-02-03, 02:05 PM Thread Starter   #1

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I think it's dead, Jim

Ok, here's the story.

I just got my new Gainward GeForce 4 TI-4800 SE 128MB. I installed this professionally and diligently with no issues. After that, I continued to install the drivers. So far so good. Now that the drivers are complete, and everything is tuned the way I want, I continue to play BF1942 with uber-resoultion. 4 hours later, a friend comes over and asks me to access my BIOS. Just then, I restarted the computer and just when the BIOS boot screen should show, approximatly 12 beeps were emited from my PC speaker. No BIOS screen was shown. The computer would not boot. Of course, since I have new hardware, I figured it was the video card. So I installed my old GeForce, and everythying worked.

Has this happened to anybody? What do you think? Could my video card be fried? Any help would be great, tell me your experiences.
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Old 05-02-03, 03:40 PM   #2
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Could be one of a million things. Put the card back in and try again. If it beeps again, write down the code it beeped out. then you can use that to tell you the problem.

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Old 05-03-03, 08:47 PM   #3

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Call your mobo's tech support.
If it's like Abit's, they will know exactly the problem.
They will prolly ask you if you can replicate the sound/beeps. So be sure to be right next to your computer.

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Maybe your friend changed something?
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Old 05-07-03, 01:06 PM   #5

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Hmmm, does your motherboard officially support 8x AGP graphics cards?


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Old 05-07-03, 03:03 PM   #6

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I think it's dead, Jim
You get his tricorder, I'll get his wallet.

Seriously, hardware failure from new components is most likely to occur within the first small portion of the piece's lifetime, I.E., first day or week of usage. That's why it's usually recommended to 'burn in' new rigs or new components immediately after getting them.

Sounds like it's entirely possible your board is bad, and that you should RMA it.

Here's what you know:

1. Installing the brand new card produced 100% functionality.
2. Later, you had 0% funcionality.
3. Installing an older working card reproduced 100% func, eliminating the entire rest of the system as the culprit.

AGP yX compatibility isn't the problem, since it WORKED. 8x cards are backwards compatible.

So yeah, try reinstalling the card, but don't expect much. It's odd that it happened at all, and not a good sign. Personally, I would RMA it.
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