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>> Bought a 6800 vanilla. Put it in my rig. Attached the molex and vga.
>> Turned it on but my monitor doest go on. Any suggestions as to why this
>> is happening ? TIA
> Hi Swordman,
> I suppose that You mean that the monitor doesn't turn on at all (and the
> power switch is in the "on" position). In that case, so if You don't get
> the BIOS screen after the computer is turned on, Your problem is very,
> very likely a hardware problem; Your OS starts a bit later (if Your
> description of the problem is incorrect, so if You do have a picture for a
> while but then, when booting the OS, the monitor turns off, some sort of a
> driver problem is far more likely). Off course You have to check whether
> the card is fully seated and the VGA-connector is connected firmly. You
> have already been given this advice and I presume that You will have
> thought of those things Yourself. Also connect the monitor to another
> computer or the same one with the old card inserted; monitor's do not live
> forever and it might have gone broken now. Very much a coincedence off
> course, but it can happen. You will not have to go into the OS to see
> whether You get the BIOS messages; if You get some sort of picture on the
> screen, You'll know it's OK.
> First of all: is Your POWER SUPPLY strong enough? Those cards require
> quite a lot of power, and a 300 W supply might not be sufficient,
> especially if You have many other devices like hard drives installed. If
> it is too weak, the problem You describe could occur. Especially certain
> AMD processors (don't ask which cores because I am not sure) are know to
> draw a lot of power at startup (up to 20 amps!) and the combination of
> that and Your powerfull (but also power-hungry) VGA card might be too much
> for Your power supply. If I have to bet my money on some card, this will
> be the one.
> Second: Have You tried the card in another computer? If it is working
> there (You don't have to really install it in the OS, just check whether
> You see the BIOS messages), the card itself is not the problem. There is a
> very small chance that there is a compatibility issue between Your
> motherboard and the card, but this is very unlikely; that was a bit more
> likely when one bought an AGP 8x (i.e. AGP3.0) card and wanted to install
> it into an AGP 4x (i.e. AGP2.0) motherboard (even though manufacturers
> claimed full backwards compatibility, this was not always the case)(e.g.
> GF4 on Asus A7V have given some people, including this one, some
> problems). I am quite sure You won't have such an oldfashioned
> motherboard, buying an 6800 would be a bit of a waste of money in that
> If the card does not work in another computer (if Your own computer has a
> weak power supply, the other one should have a stronger one off course to
> be useful as a diagnostic test), the card probably has a hardware defect
> and should be taken back to the store.
> I hope this somehow will help You to solve the problem.
> Good luck!
> Yours sincerely,
> P.S. Excuse me when my English is not perfect all the time; this is not my
> mother tongue.
Thanks for your suggestions. I really appreciate it.