No video even with new video card

Hello: I have a A8N-SLI motherboard and an Athlon 64x2 4800+ Dual Core CPU. I have 2 GB of ram.

Yesterday when I booted up, I had no video. During boot up, I heard one long beep and three short beeps, which I believe means no video card.

I tested the monitor on another PC and it worked.

So, today I replaced the old video card

-- an EVGA GeForce 7900 GT 256 MB GDDR3 PCIe

with a new card

-- an MSI GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR-3 PCIe 2.0.

I still hear the four beeps on boot up and have no video. I know that the PC is booting up, i.e. I hear the Windows music and even, the first time, a pop probably meaning it found the new card.

I'm stumped. What should I try next?

Thanks in advance for any advice
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