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GTX 660 DirectCU and HP xw4600 Workstation

By Kl0b0tr0n ยท 4 replies
Mar 30, 2015
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  1. Hello

    First I want to say that my native language is not English . If I have made any grammatical errors ask to be excused .

    Recently I decided to improve my computer 's video card and bought a GTX 660 DirectCU. Once I put it in my computer , he began to beep and the card does not start at all. I went to the computer service and asked what could be my problem . There I was told that most likely my power is insufficient. So before I invest in new power want to ask - is it possible that the problem lies elsewhere. In the end it was pretty old computer and there may be some incompatibility ...

    On the net I found this
    Power Supply 475 watts wide-ranging, active Power Factor Correction, 85% Efficient

    Computer Type ACPI x64-based PC
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
    Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17691
    DirectX DirectX 11.1
    Date / Time 2015-03-30 / 09:01

    CPU Type DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E8600, 3333 MHz (10 x 333)
    Motherboard Name Hewlett-Packard HP xw4600 Workstation
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Beachwood X38
    System Memory 4080 MB (DDR2-800 ECC DDR2 SDRAM)
    DIMM1: Micron 18HTF25672AY-800E1 2 GB DDR2-800 ECC DDR2 SDRAM (6-6-6-18 @ 400 MHz) (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz)
    DIMM3: Micron 18HTF25672AY-800E1 2 GB DDR2-800 ECC DDR2 SDRAM (6-6-6-18 @ 400 MHz) (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz)
    BIOS Type Compaq (08/28/08)

    Video Adapter NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 (512 MB)

    Disk Drive ST3640323AS (640 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
    Disk Drive WDC WD10EZEX-00BN5A0 (1000 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-III)
    Optical Drive TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653Q

    [ BIOS ]
    BIOS Properties:
    Vendor Hewlett-Packard
    Version 786F3 v01.15
    Release Date 08/28/2008
    Size 4 MB
    System BIOS Version 1.15
    Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
    Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, Network Service Boot, EDD, BBS
    Supported Standards DMI, ACPI, PnP
    Expansion Capabilities PCI, USB
    Virtual Machine No

    From my research so far my power supply should be enough for this video card.
  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 294   +73

    My best opinion as to why you are having problems is incompatibility. Looking at the chipset for your motherboard (Intel Beachwood X38), it is linked for a PCI Express slot version 1.1. The Geforce GTX 660 DirectCU is a PCI Express 3.0 card. Not all PCI Express 3.0 cards will work in a PCI Express 1.1 slot. Multiple people have had problems with said issue. If you are looking for better compatibility, I would suggest getting a PCI Express 2.1 (or 2.0) video card. You will have less issues getting it to work properly.
  3. Kl0b0tr0n

    Kl0b0tr0n TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tx for reply Spykezxp.
    What about this http://www.overclock.net/a/the-final-answer-to-the-controversial-pcie-x16-version-compatibility.
    Is it possible to update the bios to help solve the problem?
  4. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 294   +73

    If you have an available BIOS update from the HP website, you could try it. Again though, it may or may not work. I have also read through the site that you listed and going by personal experience building/repairing desktop computers for last 20+ years, I myself have run into the problem where as a graphics card would not work because of the compatibility issue. It does not happen all the time, but does every once in a while. Most of the time its because the Manufacturer (such as HP) does not issue a BIOS update to correct the problem, because they feel that the specified motherboard is "outdated" to the point that it would not be beneficial to them for someone to spend time fixing the issue. Follow the directions from the HP website and run a BIOS update to see if it works. If is does not work, then we can continue troubleshooting the issue.
  5. Kl0b0tr0n

    Kl0b0tr0n TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Will try BIOS upgrade. If this does not help I actually left without options . Thanks for your support . At least I know that I do not miss something obvious that someone with more experience and knowledge would have done in the first place .

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