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August 24, 2010 1:23:55 PM

Okay so I've just installed a new graphics card (HD5770) and the computer is now acting odd.

When I press the power button, it powers up and then tries to use the DVD, resets and tries to use the DVD about five times. Only then does it start booting normally, at which point the monitor turns on etc.

What could possibly be causing this??
a b U Graphics card
August 24, 2010 1:32:14 PM

Hi.

Uninstall the GPU and test the rig again also check the BIOS configuration for the boot order.
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August 24, 2010 1:55:51 PM

Well I did check the Bios, I have all three boot devices listed as the Hard Drive. It shouldn't be trying to access the DVD at all.
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August 25, 2010 5:23:27 AM

Update: this seems to be caused by my new HD5770 Graphics Card. As soon as I removed it from the system, it booted normally. What do I do? I can't NOT use a card I just paid $200 for.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 9:54:29 AM

Have you try updating your BIOS too ?
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August 25, 2010 10:12:39 AM

Yes I did. It made it somewhat better, but still not right. It's not trying to access the DVD anymore when it boots, instead it makes quieter noises and still takes a while to actually boot.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 10:14:35 AM

So before your 5770,it booted faster ?
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August 25, 2010 2:06:39 PM

Oh absolutely! It takes a good 10-15 seconds after pressing the power button before the computer actually starts booting. Previously it was almost instant.
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 3:41:55 PM

Install the new GPU in another PCI-E slot and try to boot.
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August 25, 2010 3:48:31 PM

Can't, I only have one PCI-E slot. Well as far as I'm aware one is PCI-e x16, and one is PCI-E x1. I have no idea what that means
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 3:52:14 PM

Did u had another GPU before the 5770?
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 5:42:55 PM

to OP
Go to your BIOS and disable "Flopy disk drive", and check if it helps.
Also how many HDD's do you have ?
to German
Yes,if i remember right, in another thread the OP mentioned he had a Nvidia card before it.
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 6:53:39 PM

Thanks Maziar.

@OP: If Maziar is right u need uninstall the old nVidia driver and install the 5770 and the driver for it.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 25, 2010 8:56:06 PM

I was going to post it, but i wasn't sure if it helps or not, but here is how to do a clean install of drivers(since you moved from ATI to Nvidia,its recommended to do a clean install)
1_Download and install "Driver sweeper" from Guru3d.com and install
2_Go to add/remove programs and uninstall the driver and reboot
3_Boot to safe mode and open driver sweeper,then click on Nvidia and then click on clean
4_Reboot and boot normally to windows and install the new drivers after that you need to restart,and its done
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August 26, 2010 3:12:41 AM

saint - yes I had an 8500GT. I did uninstall the old drivers before installing the new ones, but I didn't use anything like the 'driver sweeper' program.

Maziar - I've already disabled the floppy drive in Bios, otherwise it tries to install a floppy drive that doesn't exist :-). Also I'm running an old 250GB IDE, a WD 'blue' (I think) 160GB, and a WD 'green' 1.5TB.

As for your next question, I'm running a Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 650W PSU.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 9:25:48 AM

And from which HDD,does your system boot ? the IDE ones or the Sata ones ?
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August 26, 2010 10:23:39 AM

It boots from the 160GB SATA. The 1.5TB SATA is my gaming drive, and the 250GB IDE is a backup drive in case the primary fails
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a c 169 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 10:34:30 AM

You mentioned that when you disabled "DVD boot" from the BIOS and updated it, it was much better, but its not still as fast as before ?
How much did it take to boot before compared to now ?
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a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 3:29:49 PM

Use driver sweeper since even if u uninstall the driver this usually don't delete the driver from the register and that can cause some problems.
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August 31, 2010 8:15:29 AM

Alright I tried driver sweeper - it nearly destroyed my system.

I used it, restarted - suddenly Windows 7 refuses to start, even in safe mode. After over a day or trying to get it working and involving cannibalising another computer, I'm finally back up, but only after both my backup harddrive and 1.5TB games hard drive were screwed up so badly they both had to be formatted again.

NEVER doing that again.
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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 3:56:08 PM

:lol:  that means that u don't do it the process in the proper way.
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September 1, 2010 2:42:59 AM

Yeah great. I'm glad you find it funny that it nearly destroyed my system and wiped every single vital piece of information I have. I'm never doing it again.
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