New Biostar GeForce 6800 XT - monitor not responding

By starlitegirl
Dec 6, 2007
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  1. I just got a new video card (Biostar GeForce 6800 XT ) and when I put it in the monitor doesn't respond. It works with the original card when I put it back in.

    I'm not sure what my motherboard specs are. How do I find out?
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Is it an AGP or PCI Express board and card?
    AGP cards come in 2X, 4X, 8X, etc... each being faster. Some motherboards can handle different video graphics speeds. Other cannot.
    Please tell us more about your computer... operating system, brand, model
  3. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Google and get everest home edition and that will list all the information you will ever need.
  4. starlitegirl

    starlitegirl Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well, in the bios, I can switch to AGP or PCI. I switched to PCI after AGP didn't work.

    Here's all my system info:

    intel d850emv2 motherboard

    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp2.030422-1633)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.53GHz, ~2.6GHz
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440

    Processor
    Intel Pentium 4, 2530 MHz
    133MHz external bus

    BIOS
    Intel Corp. MV85010A.15A.0075.P13.0209191141 09/19/2002

    Memory


    512MB physical
    90% free resources
    4 memory slots, 2 free (256+256+0+0)

    Video


    Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 (Gateway)
    Screen Area/Colors: 1024x768 pixels, 16 million colors
    Monitor: (IQT 5143 - was this, I think) hyundai flat screen monitor now

    Drives


    C:\ (NTFS) 76316MB total, 40665MB free
    D:\ CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD Drive
    E:\ CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD Drive

    Network and Modem


    (modem) GTW GTW V.92 Voicemodem
    (net) NETGEAR NETGEAR 108 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter WG311T
    (net) Intel Intel PRO/100 Network Connection
    (net) Microsoft Direct Parallel
    (net) Microsoft 1394 Net Adapter

    Operating System


    Windows XP SP1 (Windows XP 5.1.2600 Service Pack 1)
    Original setup date: 8/25/2004
    DirectX Version: 5.3.0000001.0904 built by: private/Lab06_dev(DXBLD00)
    SWAP FILE DISABLED
    File cache managed by Windows
  5. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    According to google your NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 is agp x8 and your new Biostar GeForce 6800 XT is also agp x8 so the problem is one of 3 things.

    1 - Your psu (power supply unit) is not powerful enough. You need to have a look at the label on the side of the psu for it's make, wattage, and amperage on the 12volt rail.

    2 - The new card is DOA and my need to be replaced under warranty.

    3 - The new card may well have a power socket on it that must be connected in order to work properly. It will usually be a normal power molex, the type used by most ata hard drives and opticals or it may be a floppy molex as used by floppy drives.

    I hope this helps in some way.
  6. starlitegirl

    starlitegirl Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks Rik, I'll check those three things when I get back to that computer!
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