I received a new video card in the mail tonight from Newegg, a Sapphire HD6870 and it will not boot when in my system. My current card is a GTX 260.
8 GB OCZ Platinum PC1066 memory
When booting on my system, I get two quick post beeps followed by eight spaced out beeps (display memory error). The error code on the mobo shows 2E, which according to the following link is when it initializes output devices. The system will respond to a Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart, but that is all. http://www.ami.com/support/doc/AMIBIOS8_Checkpoint_and_...
At this point I would normally assume the issue is with the card, but I'm building a computer for my girlfriend and the card works in that computer just fine. She will be getting the GTX260 once I get this one working, but I'm at a loss.
1. Tried every configuration I could in the BIOS after swapping out to the old video card to see what I was looking at, powering down, then putting in the new card to try again.
2. Cleared CMOS
3. Tried another PCI-E slot on mobo. I have tried two others, same issue.
One theory I had was that the video card is going from 896 MB of memory to 1 GB. Short of that though, I am out of ideas. Can anybody think of anything I might have missed? Sorry if I didn't include enough info at first.
Well, the good news is that you've confirmed that the 6870 works. I echo jtt283's thought process; this issue sounds PSU related. Let's compare your system hardware to your girlfriend's system. List all the parts.
Hmmm, I would not use a generic "came with a case" PSU for a card that powerful. I'm not familiar with your ABS model. It is 80+ certified, which is promising (it was tested at 100% load, although unrealistically cool), but it may still be the problem.
Right now some of the Antec Truepower New PSUs have reduced prices at Newegg. One of those would be a good choice.