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December 26, 2013 5:20:48 PM

I tried to install a new evga gtx 660 into my computer, but a lot of things went wrong.

First off, after installing the card, nothing would show up on my screen and the computer would simply beep five times in a row. I read online how to solve this and several people had simply fixed the problem by resetting the cmos battery by unplugging it, waiting a few minutes, then putting it back in. So I tried that, and the beeping stopped, but now I get a message on my computer saying Reboot and Select proper device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key.

I've tried to reboot in safe mode, I've tried resetting boot startup settings, and I've tried setting my hard drive as first boot priority.

No idea what to do now, if anyone could help me that'd be great.
December 26, 2013 5:27:09 PM

Check the SATA and power cables on the OS drive?
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December 26, 2013 5:30:26 PM

All cables are in working order, the problem started when I resetted the cmos battery.

Prior to that, the video card may not have been working, but my old card would still work fine when I re installed it.
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December 26, 2013 5:48:12 PM

So its a EVGA 660 SC. Minimum spec of 450w (while used for those having ok to crappy psu's, is normally a pretty good guideline to be somewhat close to). I think your powerbrick is insufficient to power the card and there is no viable upgrade on the brick as that is the max wattage model they have.

If you are felling adventurous: http://esports.alienwarearena.com/forums/topic/40884/ha...
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December 26, 2013 5:51:57 PM

Mate, the problem is no longer the card but the computer. The card is on my bed right now and the old gpu is in. And on my screen is the same message. If I hadn't fucked with the CMOS this wouldn't have been a problem, but now it is.

And I called dell about using a non OEM 660 with the 330w power supply and they said it would work fine.
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December 26, 2013 5:56:03 PM

Best bet is to pull the OS drive and test on another comp and see if your OS got wiped/corrupted and perhaps do a repair install. After this pick up a CMOS battery, you might be able to source locally as it is a watch battery. As for the gpu, I was just thinking to your post that the 5 beeps occurred after installing the new gpu and then the CMOS reset caused the boot drive error. If you get the boot to work, but still get problems, especially once the gpu is under load, your brick can't handle the wattage.
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December 26, 2013 6:02:46 PM

How can I do a repair install?

Also, I'd rather not screw with the CMOS as it is enclosed in a rubber casing and glued to the side of the interior of the case.
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December 26, 2013 6:11:33 PM

The time is correct in the bios menu, and my computer came pre-installed with windows 8, so I have no disc.
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December 26, 2013 6:11:35 PM

The time is correct in the bios menu, and my computer came pre-installed with windows 8, so I have no disc.
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December 26, 2013 6:24:52 PM

soilder198 said:
The time is correct in the bios menu, and my computer came pre-installed with windows 8, so I have no disc.


This makes it harder, you will need to pull the drive and test in another comp. The win8 key is embedded into the mobo and Dell will not give you another without shipping the unit back. You might have to bite the bullet if the OS drive is gone or corrupted and RMA as the recovery and backup in the Dell utilities is also on that drive. This utility is the only thing that will let you create a win8 disc and do repair installs.

If you do RMA make sure to put the oringal GPU back in the comp.
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December 26, 2013 6:29:36 PM

I don't have another computer to test with.

Are you sure there's no system restore option or whatever I can access?
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December 26, 2013 6:37:15 PM

Nope, if you have been unable to get past the boot screen where it is asking for bootable drive. Your bios shows the drive so the mobo is communicating with it just not finding anything to boot from. Might want to try a repair shop and just ask them to test the drive for boot shouldn't be much and they might do it for free if that's all you are asking for.
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December 26, 2013 6:40:28 PM

BS on the it's not enough Power. I have ran a gtx760 fine on my x51, it's not the power that's the problem but more of the heat. The flow is a problem but check this out if you want a monster. I'm going to do this to my bad boy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUdMCc41N6g
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December 26, 2013 6:40:29 PM

BS on the it's not enough Power. I have ran a gtx760 fine on my x51, it's not the power that's the problem but more of the heat. The flow is a problem but check this out if you want a monster. I'm going to do this to my bad boy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUdMCc41N6g
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December 26, 2013 6:43:26 PM

Nevermind mate I fixed the problem. Thanks for sticking with me though!
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December 26, 2013 6:44:48 PM

soilder198 said:
Nevermind mate I fixed the problem. Thanks for sticking with me though!


Just for the knowledge, what was the problem?
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December 26, 2013 7:05:12 PM

jaghpanther said:
soilder198 said:
Nevermind mate I fixed the problem. Thanks for sticking with me though!


Just for the knowledge, what was the problem?


God, it was annoyingly hard to type on my phone but now that my computer's working I can explain in detail.

I'm not entirely sure what the problem was, but I can speculate. Originally, I think that my motherboard was simply not detecting the new card. It certainly wasn't the power supply because if it was, it would've taken some hardcore gaming to beat the psu into a state where it would cause my computer to crash. Not only that, but I know of several people who have upgraded their x51's to even more demanding cards. Anyway, I looked online and saw that several people having the same problem as me simply reset their bios. So I tried that by removing the CMOS battery, but in turn that left me with the god damn boot issue.

This is where it gets a bit confusing. At this time, I still had the new card in. So I played around with the boot-up options (never a good idea, I know), and that did get me somewhere. I was able to start up and gain access to the main screen, but this left me with even another problem. The screen resolution was shrunk about halfway or so, so I couldn't see anything but some of my background and all the applications on the menu bar. I tried opening them, and I could tell they had opened by hovering my mouse over their icons, however, they simply wouldn't appear on the screen. I went back to boot menu and played around some more but it still didn't solve anything.

So, I opened up my computer, reset bios again, then plugged in my old card. Same boot error screen came up. That's when I came onto the forums seeking some help, which you thankfully provided, but as I came to the realization that I was fucked since I had no windows 8 disk, I decided just to screw around with things for old times sake. So first thing I did was set my hard drive as the first spot to access upon booting, and then I disabled all other areas. And what do you know, everything started up fine.
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December 26, 2013 7:42:16 PM

soilder198 said:
jaghpanther said:
soilder198 said:
Nevermind mate I fixed the problem. Thanks for sticking with me though!


Just for the knowledge, what was the problem?


God, it was annoyingly hard to type on my phone but now that my computer's working I can explain in detail.

I'm not entirely sure what the problem was, but I can speculate. Originally, I think that my motherboard was simply not detecting the new card. It certainly wasn't the power supply because if it was, it would've taken some hardcore gaming to beat the psu into a state where it would cause my computer to crash. Not only that, but I know of several people who have upgraded their x51's to even more demanding cards. Anyway, I looked online and saw that several people having the same problem as me simply reset their bios. So I tried that by removing the CMOS battery, but in turn that left me with the god damn boot issue.

This is where it gets a bit confusing. At this time, I still had the new card in. So I played around with the boot-up options (never a good idea, I know), and that did get me somewhere. I was able to start up and gain access to the main screen, but this left me with even another problem. The screen resolution was shrunk about halfway or so, so I couldn't see anything but some of my background and all the applications on the menu bar. I tried opening them, and I could tell they had opened by hovering my mouse over their icons, however, they simply wouldn't appear on the screen. I went back to boot menu and played around some more but it still didn't solve anything.

So, I opened up my computer, reset bios again, then plugged in my old card. Same boot error screen came up. That's when I came onto the forums seeking some help, which you thankfully provided, but as I came to the realization that I was fucked since I had no windows 8 disk, I decided just to screw around with things for old times sake. So first thing I did was set my hard drive as the first spot to access upon booting, and then I disabled all other areas. And what do you know, everything started up fine.


Ha! I really thought the gpu stuffed something up as that was the primary change. Thanks for letting me know.

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