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Changing the Primary PCI-E Slot?

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January 7, 2012 7:10:01 PM

I hooked up my new GTX 560ti, but it only actually fits in the second PCI-E slot, and when I plug my monitor into it while it is in the second slot, it doesn't seem to show anything on the screen during POST. Is there any way I can change the second slot to the primary?
a c 271 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
January 7, 2012 7:35:40 PM

No not that I'm aware of anyway. Why can't you use the primary slot?
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January 7, 2012 7:58:06 PM

Mousemonkey said:
No not that I'm aware of anyway. Why can't you use the primary slot?

Well, for some reason when I hook it up to the primary slot and boot up, it doesn't show anything on the screen, I can't even tell if it is booting. There aren't any beeps either. My old card works fine on this slot. For some reason the new one has the white connectors instead of the blue one that my monitor uses, and the card came with an adaptor, so I don't think thats the problem.
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a b C Monitor
January 7, 2012 8:06:38 PM

Are you using a VGA connection?
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January 7, 2012 8:12:56 PM

Yep. My old card had one VGA and another white one which I do not know the name of. The new card has two of the white ones and came with a white-VGA adapter that I am using.
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a b C Monitor
January 7, 2012 8:17:54 PM

The white connector or port is a DVI and it could be just a dodgy adapter but you need to get another to test for that.
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January 7, 2012 8:22:36 PM

Mousemonkey said:
The white connector or port is a DVI and it could be just a dodgy adapter but you need to get another to test for that.


Think it could be a problem with the card? No matter what slot I put it in it doesn't seem to want to show anything on the monitor.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
January 7, 2012 8:24:23 PM

It could be DOA, is there any other PC that you can test it in?
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January 12, 2012 5:17:20 PM

Mousemonkey said:
It could be DOA, is there any other PC that you can test it in?


DOA? And no, no other PC I know of would be able to fit this card into it, let alone having any slots for it.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
January 12, 2012 5:20:20 PM

DOA = Dead On Arrival.
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January 12, 2012 5:47:27 PM

Mousemonkey said:
DOA = Dead On Arrival.


Ah, the card isn't dead, since it is recognized in Windows in the second slot, and the drivers installed for it. Also, the fans spin on the card.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
January 12, 2012 5:51:45 PM

Then it's likely that your adapter or monitor cable is at fault, what is your monitors native resolution?
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July 14, 2012 11:55:37 PM

Just curious, but did u try to put the adapter into both ports on the graphics card? I have a card that has a dual link and a single link dvi port on it and with me running a monitor on the hdmi and one with the dvi to vga adapter, i can only get the monitor to work on one port. I know this is an old thread, but anyone that is still having trouble with this video card issue, I incourage to try this solution out.
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