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March 4, 2010 12:31:02 PM

hi. my mobo (gigabyte GA-7VA) says.1 x AGP slot (8x/4x, AGP 3.0 compliant), supports 1.5v display card only.
The card (XFX GF 6600 256 mb )says. minimum 300W system power supply Recommended Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP AGP 3.0 Slot.
I have 350 watts and conect with the extrenal power slot of the card but
it not power on.

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a b Î Nvidia
March 4, 2010 2:25:13 PM

what do u mean by "it not power on" ?
Your computer won't boot up?

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March 4, 2010 2:33:54 PM

From another forum discussion about AGP voltage compatibility (relevant portion is in bolded print) :

Will my 8X AGP video card work in my 4x AGP slot? This question is not answered as easily as it might seem. First let's establish a few things you need to know to answer this question.
What is AGP 2.0
AGP 2.0 is a 1.5V AGP slot capable of 4x,2x and 1x speeds.
What is AGP 3.0
AGP 3.0 is keyed like a 1.5V AGP 2.0 slot, but it only uses 0.8V of power. It supports 8X, 4X, 2X and 1X speeds.
Rule #1: Speeds are backwards compatible
AGP Speeds are required to be backwards compatible. This means that an 8X video card MUST be able to run at 4x, 2x, or 1x speeds. However, this does NOT necessarily mean that your 8X card will run on a 4x slot.
Signalling Voltage incompatibility
Because speeds must be backwards compatible, Signalling Voltage is where incompatibilities arise. Basically:
All 8x cards are 0.8v AGP 3.0 spec
8x cards will fit in 1.5V slots, and can tolerate the voltage, but will NOT run properly
4x cards can be either 1.5V or 0.8V
2x and 1x cards are either 3.3V or 1.5V
Except in the case of the 8X cards, using the wrong voltage card with the wrong motherboard can result in damage in card and board
If you install a card of incompatible voltages with the motherboard's specs, the card will NOT run
The connectors on AGP video cards are keyed in such a way that you can only install equipment that have compatible Voltage keyed connectors. Normally the key of the card determines its signal voltage. AGP 1.0 and AGP 2.0 cards using a 1.5V key will signal at 1.5 volts. However, AGP 3.0 devices can tolerate 1.5V - they won't be destroyed, they just might not work properly.
The Bottomline
The bottomline is that your 8X video card can theoretically be safely TESTED in any 1.5V motherboard for compatibility. But if you know for a fact that your board only runs 1.5V AGP 2.0 spec and your 8X AGP 3.0 card runs only 0.8v spec, then the two should NOT be compatible one another. At the very least it will be unstable, if it runs at all. However, we've had a lot of users tell us that their AGP 8x cards work on 4x only motherboards. This is likely due to the fact that some AGP8X video cards are in fact universal 1.5V capable AGP3.0 cards that can run on either 1.5V or 0.8V (remember, AGP speeds are backwards compatible, only voltage incompatibilies cause problems). The other possibility"

So your current problem is the newer AGP 3.0 .8V card that you have will not run under the 1.5Volts that your MOBO is supplying - you need an older AGP 2.0 model or an AGP 3.0 model that will run at the higher 1.5V ! ( At least you will not have caused any damage to your MOBO or the card so can return it for another card that will work !!)
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March 4, 2010 6:47:10 PM

wa1 said:
what do u mean by "it not power on" ?
Your computer won't boot up?

hi. the computer works ,the fan of the card works ,but the screen stay
in stand bye (yellow light ).
March 5, 2010 6:19:49 PM

Best answer selected by george66.