OK. Got myself a 9800 GX2. Installed, got the sustained beep, followed by 3 beeps. Power is good. Connection good. Called BFG, they said sned it in. Got my RMA, sent it to them, they sent replacement. SAME THING HAPPENS. They suggested I would need to update my BIOS. First, does this sound right? I currently have an ASUS A8V-XE motherboard. Its is PCI Express 16. The card (quite a monster) lights up green everywhere, so power is good. It is seated perfectly to motherboard. I am about to cry. Is there anyway I can see if my motherboard is the problem? Can anyone out there help me?
yeah like L1qu1d said ur PSU does not have enough power for the card. i unpluged my power from my 9800GX2 and i get the same one long 3 short. i thave a thermaltake toughpower 850 and it does the job but if i power it be my wifes generic 750 i get the same. i have to say powersupply is something u can never scimp on. make sure that both the 8pin and 6pin are both seated properly before freaking out. i hope this helps.
quick edit the lights ont eh 9800gx2 are powerd through the PCI not teh power mine lights up with both the 8 and 6 pin unpluged. so power might not me enough as stated above.
Funny how BFG never mentioned this. When I told them my power supply, they didn't ask any more detailed questions than wattage. Besides processor and memory, what other system specs do you need? And what does PSU stand for?
Found out the problem. A8V-XE ASUS motherboard will not recoginize PCI express 2.0. Card worked in different motherboard. BIOS update for my motherboard accomplished nothing. Thanks for all the help though.