hey everybody...i'm just wondering what's wrong with my motherboard...my old video card's (gf2mx)fan blew out the other day so i ordered a new video card...after installing the card, I powered up the machine, however i still recieve no signal...the hard drive starts, then just straight running, here's my specs, and thanks for any ideas...
I had a problem today where I put an A7S333 into a box with an older tnt card. When I did this the speaker let out a long beep and 3 short beeps.
I knew the video card worked because I'd just taken it out of a machine where it was working.
I reseated the card but no luck.
I then tried another card. No luck.
I then tried another card. No luck. Yep, a 3rd card.
Then I tried a 4th card and it came up. I was actually surprised.
I loaded the OS, loaded drivers, and then shut it down. After this I installed more cards and turned plugged the power in and turned it back on.
At this point I got 1 long beep and 3 short. I was back to the swapping of cards. Finally, again, it came back up.
I did clear CMOS during these tries and set bios to start with the AGP card.
I wasn't sure though about the supported voltages on the motherboard. I then found out how to identify what voltage a board supports by looking at the "key" notches.
It turns out the motherbard supports both 1.5v and 3.3v. Even so, who knows why it wouldn't boot with the card I was initially trying to install. After getting the board to post I switched back to my initial card and it came up.
To summarize. I tried 4 cards all 3.3v after clearing the bios. When the 4th board got it to boot I swtiched back to the first board (the one I have to use). After working with windows for a short while I turned off the machine and installed a couple more PCI cards. The board wouldn't post again. I swapped video cards again and finally when it came up I was able to keep it running.
I can only suspect that since the board has a Universal AGP slot that it was attempting to sense for a 1.5v and since it couldn't find it, it groaned at me.
The question is: does your motherboard support your AGP card's voltage requirement?