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Weird experience installing an XFX 5770

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April 13, 2010 7:36:50 PM

I plug the card in, boot up; get the BIOS screen for a couple seconds, before the monitor goes black.
I hear the HDD working, so it seems as if it's continuing to boot to windows, but no video.

I hit the reset button, and immediately get one long followed by 3 short beeps indicating a bad video card.

I power down, double check the seating, and hit the power button again.

I get the familiar beep code again, but this time the gpu fan is SCREAMING, and the faint smell of burnt electronics...bummer.

Power down, and figure what the hell, and hit the power button again...and it works!

Install the drivers, set my resolution, crank up fallout 3 to max settings, and take it for a spin...hours later, it's still going strong.

Not quite sure what happened there...maybe some dust got in the slot and had to get burned off?

Anyway, thought this was bizarre enough to share.
April 13, 2010 7:55:53 PM

That IS an odd experience. It is possible there was some sort of short in the card (maybe a solder bridge or something similar) that was pulling lots of current and heated up over time (thus the strange bad video card beeps, lack of display, and even the crazy fan speed) then finally burned itself open, thus allowing the card to work again. Its kinda a long shot, but its possible. Have you checked your temps and GPU-z to see what it says about your card?
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April 13, 2010 8:44:24 PM

No, didn't think to check the temps, but the fan was silent, even after a couple hours of fallout, so I doubt there's anything out of the ordinary in that respect.

I was thinking it might be possible that the burnt smell came from the fan...maybe it didn't spin up the first time, and the 30 or so seconds of the card running w/out cooling made it hot after the reboot.

I'll do some more tinkering this evening, and keep an eye on it.
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April 13, 2010 8:46:22 PM

sounds good man. Its also possible that the fan had some issues and burned itself out, in which case, you'll want to make sure it still works:-)
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April 13, 2010 9:02:51 PM

The fan was definitely working the last time, I looked.
But come to think of it, the very first time I booted, it seemed to be pushing air out the back, though I didn't look to confirm the fan was spinning.

I'll do some power cycles tonight, and check for temps and fan speed, etc, and see if anything looks out of the ordinary.
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April 13, 2010 9:05:48 PM

good idea. Hopefully it was just a weird glitch and will now just work like normal with no issues:-)
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April 15, 2010 3:16:42 AM

A lot of people with the same problem with ATI 5770:

http://forums.amd.com/game/messageview.cfm?catid=260&th...

Crazy solutions like change memory slot, change pci-e frequency bus, use DVI to VGA adapter, turn off monitor before boot and so on. I´m very dissapointed with my first ATI card. I had only Geforce cards until now and NEVER, NEVER had any problem like that before. My card works on other computer but not in my new i3... and nor for a lot of other people. ATI sucks! Nevermore...
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April 15, 2010 5:29:14 PM

Actually, thats nothing like the problem the OP had. Every manufacturer has problems sometimes, and its worth doing a little research before buying a card that has known compatibility issues. I've had a number of different Nvidia cards and ATI cards, and have had problems with both, and great experiences with both. As of late, I've had no issues with my ATI cards (4870, 4860 and 2x5750 crossfire), but ended up returning the GT240. Those things just happen. Everything has a failure sometimes and has compatibility issues sometimes- you just gotta work through the issues. Don't just slam a company because you had one problem. Also- whats the issue with it and your i3? Maybe we can help you.
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