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Tried Moving GPU from PCI-Express x4 to x16, now i get black screen.

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August 19, 2013 3:54:54 AM

i have an:

AMD FX 8350 8 core processor

GA-970A-D3 mobo

600w modxstream-pro power supply

4x 4Gb of Corsair ram=16gb

and the problem child is my GeForce GTX 560 ti Graphics Processing derp...

Discovering 2 things from a friend no more tech savy then myself; it is preferable to have your gpu in the PCI-E x16 slot and not the x4 as to not bottleneck, and that since my x4 slot is too close to my power supply there isn't enough ventilation for it anyways so i should move it to the x16 slot where it has more room to breath.

what i did was simple, i read up on moving from one to another and discovered on this very site that i shouldn't have to un/re-install any drivers, and it should be a simple remove and replace from one slot to another with no re-installation of drivers. after i completed the switch i plugged everything back in and turned it on to receive...absolutely nothing. the leds turned on and all the fans too but the monitor was dark. it gracefully accepted the hard shut down so i assumed the mobo was fine, no need for unplugging.

after many minutes of freaking out and trying again i put the gpu back in the x4 slot and plugged everything back in. when i turned it on however, the screen remained dark. the monitor did not even register a signal.

tell it to me straight doc, is my 560 ti dead?

p.s. feel free to Eli5 since i only know a little about hardware problems such as this.

p.p.s. if need be, what should i get to replace it that's similar, unless there is a different issue entirely of course...

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August 19, 2013 4:16:00 AM

If you put back at the x4 slot again and didnt work neither i would try to check a couple of things like check Power supply wires, maybe moving the card you unplug some wire by error (mainly the board ones or the gpu ones, etc...) or Ram sitting, as before maybe moving the card make you moving some dimm.

If not i would first try with an old gpu from some friend to check if the board and cpu works properly.



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August 19, 2013 4:34:53 AM

juanrdp said:
If you put back at the x4 slot again and didnt work neither i would try to check a couple of things like check Power supply wires, maybe moving the card you unplug some wire by error (mainly the board ones or the gpu ones, etc...) or Ram sitting, as before maybe moving the card make you moving some dimm.

If not i would first try with an old gpu from some friend to check if the board and cpu works properly.





haha thank you X) i never would have caught that, a cord on the power supply was not plugged in and i was spending so much time looking at the board and the card. it was exactly as you said, i simply unplugged something from the power supply.
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August 23, 2013 5:58:27 AM

I'm having the same problem for doing the exact same thing but my gpu doesn't have a power cable or anywhere for it to to plug into the supply :/ 
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August 23, 2013 12:32:56 PM

aaronwayne94 said:
I'm having the same problem for doing the exact same thing but my gpu doesn't have a power cable or anywhere for it to to plug into the supply :/ 


the chord doesn't come from the gpu, it comes from the power supply. there should be a slot on the power supplyand a slot on the gpu that allows you to plug in the chord necessary. if this is the first time installing the gpu then maybe your power supply doesn't have the necessary port for the chord, maybe you don't have the necessary chord to begin with, or maybe i have no idea what i'm talking about :p . if you are just moving it and you had it working before then most likely you just need to find the chord, the port on the gpu, and on the power supply.
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