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Computer only boots without video card installed

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May 5, 2013 8:09:50 AM

Here is my setup: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/USCo

This is my first build so I have been learning as I go with all of this. I am able to get a signal to the monitor only when the video card is uninstalled. I am using a Asrock motherboard and the Asrock UEFI Setup Utility pops up. I am not sure if I need to do anything on this screen in order to properly install this video card (Sapphire Vapor X HD 7970 3GB). The video card definitely had power going to it because it lit up so I am assuming I need to change a setting in the setup utility but I am stumped. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Notes: The setup utility has multiple tabs. They are marked as Main, OC Tweaker, Advanced, H/W Monitor, Boot, Security.

The Main tab has pc info (cpu type, memory, etc) and it gives me two options to click (system browser and OMG - Online Management Guard).
The OC Tweaker tab is for overclocking so I am assuming I wouldn't need to touch anything in there to fix this issue.
The Advance tab has a UEFI update utility (w/ two options) and a number of folders for configurations (cpu, netowrk, usb, etc.)
The H/W Monitor tab gives me fan speed and cpu/motherboard temps and they all seem to be working perfectly.
The Boot tab has different boot options
The Security tab has password options and a secure boot option (which is currently disabled, which is what it came set as).
May 5, 2013 8:13:15 AM

Is your GPU in the correct PCI-e slot? It should be in the first slot (closest to your CPU).
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May 5, 2013 9:05:14 AM

caydn12 said:
Is your GPU in the correct PCI-e slot? It should be in the first slot (closest to your CPU).


It is attached in the nearest PCI-e slot to the CPU. In the motherboard diagram it is marked as the PCI Express 3.0 slot. I also tried installing in the other PCI Express 3.0 slot but neither work. There is a PCI Express 2.0 slot as well, should I try to install the video card in that slot?
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May 5, 2013 9:09:41 AM

rgrimm01 said:
caydn12 said:
Is your GPU in the correct PCI-e slot? It should be in the first slot (closest to your CPU).


It is attached in the nearest PCI-e slot to the CPU. In the motherboard diagram it is marked as the PCI Express 3.0 slot. I also tried installing in the other PCI Express 3.0 slot but neither work. There is a PCI Express 2.0 slot as well, should I try to install the video card in that slot?


no it should be in the 3.0 slot. do you have another computer you could test the card on?
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