So I figured it would be good to swap out the motherboard, so i ordered on off newegg, swapped it out, and reconnected everything. The computer started up fine, I installed new drivers and installed windows 7. Then I shut down and installed the video card. After restart the same thing happened. The motherboard would not register that it was plugged into the PCI-E slot.
The power supply is stock for the HP a1710n which is 300w. Since it was running fine for a while and now does not, I was thinking that maybe the power supply is starting to fail and not produce enough for the graphics card.
When the video card is in the fan on the card spins, and the cpu and sys fan both spin at max rpms. But when the card is out the cpu and case fan spin much slower. Could that be an indication of anything?
I am totally stumped. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!