Plugged in CPU and mem, powered on, CPU fan didnt come on. Plugged in Geforce card, put a PCI-E power cable into it, then powered on, and whole system came on fine, slight burning smell, figured it might be a coating wearing in
Added 2 HDD's (1 SATA, 1 IDE) and a DVD+-RAM drive, machine booted, and XP install started
Left the room, and came back to a fairly strong burning smell, PC shut down
Couldnt really find a source for the smell, but didnt check the PSU
Waited for a while, powered on, everything comes on briefly, then off, and keeps repeating. On, off, on off
Turned everything off, left it to cool down, came back and got the same. Unplugged the 2 HDDs and the SATA HDD, everything then powered on, but I get no display from the graphics card
And thats where I'm at, everything now seems to power on, but no display, doesnt matter if I try a new graphics card either
So, do you think my PSU is broke? 350W in hindsight doesnt seem enough maybe?
I'm going back to the shop soon to see if they'll exchange it for a 500W, but I was hoping someone could advise on what the problem might be
I just back with a 500W (same brand unfortuantely, thats all I could get)
The system now powers up fine....with a PCI card
As you suspected, I can't get it working with the 7900GT
The power supply said it had a 6 pin PCI-e power adapter, but it doesn't. The motherboard has a slot next to the PCI-e slot which it says is used to power PCI-e cards, and when I put a standard power connector in there, the cards fan comes on, but I get no display
Does this sound right? should the card work with an on-board power source, rather than a power connector into its own power adapter?
If the card is hosed, because its new I'm certain I can get it swapped as "DOA"
Thanks for any further advice on what I might try to get the card working....
Not sure if you actually plug the power into the mobo it can provide enough power to the GPU... I would find a PCI-E to molex adapter (I'm sure there are ones around) and try that first. If that doesn't work, then RMA it.