I attempted hooking up my old AGP card A Radeon Radeon 9250 , but that didn't produce a signal either. Now I am concerned either the Mobo or PSU may have fried.
However, I can't seem to determine what is wrong. The mobo lights up, all of the fans spins, ranging from the case fan, cpu fan, psu fan, and gpu fan. All the LED's light up.
What originally made me believe it was the GPU was the fact that on the back of the 4850, there are now two permanent red lights on. I did some research, and found that these only light up when there is a failure with the system, one in reference to power and the other temp.
I would appreciate any help I could get. Thank you!
Heh, apologies. Seems the 9250 is actually PCI, not AGP as I thought it was. Indeed, your right, my mobo has no AGP slots.
I shall go check the RAM now. But I have a question about the PSU failing. If indeed this had happened, wouldn't none of the fans/lights turn on? The green LED I had thought to indicate power flow on the mobo is on, but I could be wrong about it's purpose.
I did indeed run through the check list, even though I have had this system up and running for almost a year and a half with no problems.
Will Edit with results. Thank you for the apt responses! Keep em coming please!
Edit 1 - I tried swapping the RAM around in the first slot, didn't take. However, I noticed something odd. I can turn the pc off with the on/off switch on the case, but it won't turn off with that same switch. I can hold down the button for 5-10 secs and nothing happens, I have to unplug it/switch it off to stop the flow of power.
There are various rails on the PSU, the standby power and the LEDs tend to be powered off of a different rail than most of the other components, your PSU also may not be able to provide quiet enough power anymore. Do you have another system that you can check parts in?
My older rig is a piece or garbage. It doesn't have a PCI-E slot, and has a 350W PSU. Keep in mind I attempted running a much less demanding card, and it still wouldn't detect a signal. Is there any way to test my PSU that I could do without purchasing any new parts of equipment, or taking my rig to a shop?
I swapped out my 350W PSU With my 650W one, only hooking up the mobo, gpu and HD to the PSU, and found that everything acted the same. So I am inclined to be believe it is no longer the PSU.
I am under the assumption it is either the Mobo or GPU now. So, if I go about replacing them both, what do people think I should swap in my system? I am a little worried about buying a new mobo, since I don't want to buy one that is basically only going to last me a year until I have to switch to a different CPU socket, but I don't exactly have tons of money at my disposal.
I could spend around 500 bucks on swapping out parts, although the mobo and gpu are mandatory new ones. Should I consider getting faster memory, or a Quad core/i7 processor?
Grand total $418 shipped. You can even save a bit more by getting a DDR2 mobo and re-using your RAM. Also trying your old GPU in the new system or going with another 4850. I'd replace everything your budget allows. Its possible your PSU did go bad, and took the rest of the system with it.
Well, I could spend more then 500, max around 800, but I don't want to if I don't have to. I am trying now to weigh the pro's and con's of switching parts out. Is it worth it to switch to the i7 for the current price tag? or Should I shell out only a couple hundred now, and wait a year or two and then do a total system re-haul?
Doing a theoretical i7 build would be helpful as well as a non i-7 build.
Well, I play LotRO, WoW, Fallout 3, Mas Effect, Oblivion, Modern Warfare, and some RTS'S. I hope to be able to play most MMO's on the market on higher settings, IE Aion, The old Republic, as well as upcoming AAA titles such as Modern Warfare 2, Arkham Asylum, Dragon Age Origins, Mass Effect 2, Diablo3 and such.
I also watch a lot of high def stuff through my pc, as well as do some basic Photoshop and coral painting stuff.
Based on that, here's what I would do. This replaces everything but your HDD, case and periperals. Safest thing unless you want to try and troubleshoot more to figure out exactly what happened. But again, if it was a psu problem, it could have affected other components.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
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This will be a rock solid system and nice upgrade overall. Will also give you a decent upgrade path being AM3 and DDR3 memory. Total is $621.51 shipped. A little over the $500 mark, but well under $800. Cheaper than you can do with an i7 build, and you won't notice a difference in gaming.
Oh, and I goofed on my first config with the X3 720. I spec'd 2X1GB RAM instead of 2X2.
Only about $40 more. I listed it with the PSU just in case it was the culprit. Its always easier to spend someone else's money, but IMO its safest to replace everything. To me, $70 is worth it. Not sure if the 650tx will handle 2 4870 1gb cards. I "think" it will though. But again, IMO if you don't plan to Crossfire, I see no reason to spend more on a mobo.