I recently got my DIY Vidock to work with my 5870. However, it has one big problem. The second the card goes under load (makes the really loud noise), the connection to my external monitor is instantly lost. The monitor just goes black and flashes red, meaning "standby". Here is my setup:
Dell XPS M1330
Intel Core 2 Duo T5750(2.00Ghz)
Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS
Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate
DIY Vidock setup:
ATI Radeon 5870 Sapphire
480W Casegears PSU
PE4H 2.0 + EC2C + SWEX
Calypso 22 inch CLM-22LM1 monitor using DVI
The thing is, I can play Crysis very smoothly with the 5870 everything minimum and at 800x600. However, the second I turn the settings up, the card goes under load and the connection is lost.
The card is a used one I got for $320, but I think it's the PSU. The thing is, I can play Crysis everything minimum at 800x600, where the 5870 performs very well; but the second I change the settings up, the card goes under load and the connection is lost. The PSU was a $15 one I found on newegg.
The 5870 I believe only needs about 230W to run, but I'm not sure about the Amps or anything else.
Is there potential for damage if there isn't enough power?
October 3, 2010 8:06:41 PM
EDIT (wouldn't let me edit my last message)
I just remembered that there is a switch for 115V or 230V. Which one should I be using for now? I've been using 115V for the entire time.
October 3, 2010 8:12:36 PM
Does your system randomly reboots while playing games or running stress test?
No, it doesn't reboot. It's just that the minute the card goes under load from gaming or 3dmark06 or something, it loses connection with the monitor. In fact, if I extend the display onto the laptop screen, the laptop's display will still be on; just not the monitor.
October 3, 2010 8:21:44 PM
Your psu is failing to provide enough power to your card.Change it ASAP.
I will. Nando4, the (re)inventor of the DIY vidock over at notebookreview, said so also.
Is there any damage that could be done to my card from the PSU? I'm just worried, as I rebooted with it like 15 times yesterday night.