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February 22, 2011 11:47:26 PM

Hello, i am currently having a problem with installing a HD5850 video card into my Asus P5BV-C motherboard. I receive the 1 long and 3 short beep bios warning which i am pretty sure means extended graphics adapter error. I was wondering if maybe a BIOS update would solve this problem or if maybe the video card is broken. I just moved the card from my computer at home to my computer at school so the card should be in working condition unless the swap/move did something to it. I cannot currently test the card in another desktop because i am at school and do not have access to another desktop.

The specs of the computer i am trying to install the card in right now are as follows,
Motherboard: Asus P5BV-C Server motherboard
RAM: 4gb Crucial Ballistix DDR2
Processor: Intel Xeon

HDD and other components are irrelevant seeing as i have removed them from the equation whilst trying to resolve the current problem.

Basically, my main question is. Is it possible for the bios error code to be a result of a dead video card, or simply an incompatibility issue, and if it is the latter, could a bios update resolve this issue?

Thank you for taking the time to read this thread.
~Alex
February 22, 2011 11:50:49 PM

That board is PCIe 1.0 and AMD cards are PCIe 2.1; 2.1 is backwards compatible with 2.0 but usually doesn't work in 1.0 slots.

Lesson of the day: go with nvidia.
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February 23, 2011 12:00:17 AM

I thought they were all backwards compatible. Is it possible that there could be a bios update for the mb to rectify this?
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February 23, 2011 12:08:18 AM

You would think so but AMD apparently thinks there is an advantage to using PCIe 2.1.

I would look it up; magic 8 ball says no.
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February 23, 2011 12:12:37 AM

Hrmm, I saw some guy on another forum sort of relevant to this one said that he had a 5850 in his P5B mobo which is a 1.0 slot and that it worked, he just had to plug something into the integrated vga slot and then swap after boot. I would try this if I had a dvi to vga adapter with me.
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February 23, 2011 12:22:28 AM

I don't see how going Nvidia would help, they would have the same problem afaik.

You can try a bios update, got nothing to lose if you do it right. I know of no tricks to make this work.
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February 23, 2011 2:03:24 AM

Alright will do, thanks for all the help so far. :) 
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February 24, 2011 1:27:12 AM

I updated the BIOS and still no luck. Any other options for poor old me? I'm willing to try anything.
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February 24, 2011 2:34:33 AM

Only thing that will work is to get a 2.0 card, or buy a 2.0 board.
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