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Dell 531- Installed 2 new graphics cards, but there is no signal!

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February 10, 2012 9:24:03 PM

I have the 531 w/ AMD 5600+ 3G memory-- and the 128mb 8300 Nvidia card it came with (no integrated graphics), Dell monitor. (For more info, here are the Dell specs)

I already ugraded the PSU to 650w. (The brand is ultra, which I read can be faulty sometimes).

The first card I tried was the Nvidia 9800 GTX- I BARELY got the card to fit, had to really maneuver it and take out the harddrive but I got it in there. When I started up the system, the fan and lights on the card were working but there was "no signal" to the monitor. I looked around online and realized that other people had problems getting this card to work, so I just figured it might not be compatible with the Dell motherboard. Re-installed old video card. This still works.

Second card- I just got a HIS Radeon 6850. I thought this would work since I did a search and saw some references that people managed to get this card working in their 531. And the card is backwards compatible, so it should work. But the same issue- "no signal" to monitor. (It is seated correctly, and the 6 pin connector is plugged in securely.)

I have tried: updating the BIOS, taking out the battery, used driver sweep to make sure I got rid of old Nvidia drivers, reseated the memory.

What else can I try???!

If I have a faulty PSU, how can I tell? I don't have the extra money to buy another one just to check to see if that could be the case... I know the 531 isn't a good setup for using these graphics cards but I'm trying to save for a new system- I thought getting a good graphics card would at least improve performance for a few months until I can get another system that can use the card to its full potential. Is there something I am missing that definitely has to be upgraded for these cards to work???

Any advice would be very appreciated! :)  BECAUSE I AM GOING INSANE TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT. :ouch: 
a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2012 9:38:24 PM

Sound like the PSU.
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February 10, 2012 10:17:21 PM

anonymous1 said:
Sound like the PSU.


Is there software that can determine whether the PSU is faulty? Any way to check this without buying a new one?
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a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 11:12:26 AM

Sorry no software to help.
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February 11, 2012 11:30:34 AM

Did you go into the bios and turn off the on board gpu?
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