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Getting my Albatron Nvidia 7950 GX2 to work on an Intel DG33FB MOBO?

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February 8, 2010 4:10:28 PM

How can I get my Albatron Nvidia 7950 GX2 to work on an Intel DG33FB? My system gets to the "Starting Windows" screen the it stops and reboots. I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate x86, my understanding is that this card is compatible wth most boards with a PCI-E slot but may require a bios update.
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February 8, 2010 8:37:33 PM

Now I am worried since I have a older version of the card and I will tell you that most boards don't have the code in the bios that can boot these cards to their pci-e switch on them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaAxqQQuKbA

Top halve has the switch by the connectors.

For you need to make sure that the card isn't overheating or isn't an issue with power.
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February 8, 2010 8:45:05 PM

By the way what psu are you using since that may be the issue. Also check to see if both fans are spinning on the card. Has the card ever that you know of have been disassembled? Do you have a second card on hand that you can test.
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February 8, 2010 8:54:05 PM

Well, you may not have too much to worry about, I installed a WD Caviar Green 1TB hard drive recently and during my troubleshooting I pulled my 7950 and installed the previous card and have the same problem.. I have the most recent bios I'm beginning to think it's a HD issue the bios is recognizing the SATA drive(s) but won't boot Win 7, I recently cloned my previous HD to my WD HD and the previous HD a master file table error which may be the cause of my problem.
February 8, 2010 8:55:49 PM

I'm using a 600w PSU it hasn't ever been disassembled and both fans are running.
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February 8, 2010 11:49:32 PM

OK if you have the same issue with two cards then it is usually either the board or the psu typically. What brand and model is your psu?
February 9, 2010 1:35:45 AM

It's a Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600w
February 9, 2010 1:41:28 AM

If it were the board it I wouldn't think it would even get to the Windows 7 start up screen. If it were the board I wouldn't think it would get past post.
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February 9, 2010 2:38:13 AM

CeesG1 said:
If it were the board it I wouldn't think it would even get to the Windows 7 start up screen. If it were the board I wouldn't think it would get past post.



It is unliekyly that you have two defective cards but see if you can test them in another rig and find a third card to test with the board. If you have the same results with the third one while the other cards end up testing fin the change the board. This is one reason why I avoid most intel boards (not chip set wise but the board it self from that company)
February 9, 2010 2:44:54 AM

Ok, I'll do that what's your issue with Intel boards? Is there a board you'd recommend? I was thinking of going with Asus.
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February 9, 2010 1:36:48 PM

Asus is good also Gigabyte is good also and here is a few links.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are the boards that I would personally use if I was building a matx rig.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is plenty of standard atx boards but they might not be cheap but take a little look out there and you might find one that you like. Never head for the cheapest board out there or head for a intel brand board unless it is a sever board or a high end board since they build their low end ones very cheaply like ECS or Pchips (hell).
February 9, 2010 2:12:44 PM

I'm going to get an Asus Striker Extreme board. Thanks
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