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I know the problem, but how do I fix it?

I just finished putting together my brand new gaming rig. Everything arrived today and I've spent the last several hours setting it all up. I'd say everything went pretty well for my first time. However, there is one problem with the GeForce GTX 275 video cards. When I have everything plugged in and running, it starts off fine. All the lights turn on, all the fans spin up, including those on the video cards, etc. However, the monitor receives no video signal. I took off the SLI bridge and tried it with the two cards independently running in there.
That didn't change anything. However, when I took one of the cards out entirely, everything booted up perfect. Everything spun up, all the lights turned on, and the boot screen came up just fine. Obviously, I'm doing something wrong with bridging the two cards. I simply seat them both in the case normally, take the SLI bridge and attach one end to a section of the gold fingers on one card and one end to the corresponding section of gold fingers on the other card. Obviously that's not working. What am I doing wrong? I'm sure I'm missing something simple. Any help?

PARTS:
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card x2 in SLI configuration

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive x2 in RAID 0 configuration

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Thanks!
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  1. I wish I had an answer, but you might search these forums and see if there's a thread (problem/question) similar to yours.

    http://forums.slizone.com/
  2. I... umm... figured out the "problem." I, being me, failed to try switching the VGA cable to another port before assuming there was a hardware issue. I plugged the monitor in to the the port one slot above the one I was trying, and it worked. That's sort of embarrassing.... Ah well, for my first time, I'm very happy with this being the only problem.
  3. Those are the best kind of fixit jobs. :D
  4. Best answer
    It's always worth trying different holes, can work with women too.
  5. ^+1

    :D
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