Any help? 26P512PCIE on Boot up?

By Backtothebasics
Oct 28, 2008
  1. Not sure if you guys can lend a helping hand.
    I normally figure this stuff out .... But this is driveing me nuts!

    I decided to install a new graphics card, ATI 2600HD Pro 512 HD.
    Install went fine.
    I Have been using the card now for about 5 months with no issues

    while browseing the internet and checking email
    My screen went black...Monitor said "No signal" for a second and then I was at a black screen (looked like dos shell) that had a message "26P512PCIE" in the top left hand corner with a blinking cursor.
    At that point I had to cold reboot...I could not type anything.
    Once I rebooted the machine didn't even load the BIOS info...went straight to the same Black screen "26P512PCIE"

    The message is something with my ATI card......but not helpful at all.

    I rebooted again and everything was fine.....I download the new Drivers from ATI and uninstalled the old ones, rebooted and then reinstalled the latest drivers..However the issue is still happening.
    Now it seems to happen more and more......
    sometimes I can't even reboot or I have to "reseat" the card in the PCI slot in order to reboot.

    System Specs:
    ATI 2600pro HD 512
    Windows XP SP2
    4.0 ghz
    3 GB ram
    over 70 Gigs of free space.

    My ideas are as follows.

    1. Bad PCIE slot on the mother. (but you think it would happen all the time)
    2. Card over heating?
    3. OS is shot, time to reformat...

    What scares me is I can't even get into safe mode.
    the machine doesn't even boot the BIOS, just straight balck screen 26P512PCIE

    Any help...or ideas....or links...or even a funny joke...would be good.
    Thanks for your help.
  2. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    Sounds like your video card is flacking out. Try swapping with another video card and see if the problem is reproducible.

    -- Andy
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  4. Backtothebasics

    Backtothebasics TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help and the quick response...
    Thanks for the link too....
    I think I'll try resetting my CMOS...
    I'll try another card tonight...
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