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June 14, 2012 3:56:51 AM

Hello,
I recently purchased an nVidia GeForce 8800 GT to improve the graphics of my system. When I put it onto the motherboard, it makes a very loud constant beeping/ringing noise and it doesn't work at all. (The fan on the card doesn't turn on and the graphics do not improve at all.)
Any advice as to why this may be happening?

My specs:
CPU- AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana
Ram- 2 sticks DDR3 (4 gig total)
Motherboard- Gigabyte Tech. M68MT-D3
500 Watt PSU

Thanks for your help.

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a b Î Nvidia
June 14, 2012 4:07:15 AM

Did you plug in the power connector on the graphics card? It should look somewhat like this:



The connector looks like this:

June 14, 2012 4:22:38 AM

Deemo13 said:
Did you plug in the power connector on the graphics card? It should look somewhat like this:

http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/images/XFX8800GT/small/XFX-8800GT-XXX-Alpha-6pin.jpg

The connector looks like this:

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/pcie6index.jpg


Nice that got it to turn on! Thanks for answering a noob question but this doesn't explain why GTA IV is still only getting 2 fps and why CPU-Z doesn't recognize the new GPU.
Thanks for your help.
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a b Î Nvidia
June 14, 2012 4:27:42 AM

You are going to need to install the drivers for the card. They can be found on the Nvidia website. It should be just a selection of drop-down menus to get them.

Then after you download them, install them and restart the computer.
June 14, 2012 4:29:07 AM

Deemo13 said:
You are going to need to install the drivers for the card. They can be found on the Nvidia website. It should be just a selection of drop-down menus to get them.

Then after you download them, install them and restart the computer.


I had already done that. Still no recognition of the card
Thanks for your help.
a b Î Nvidia
June 14, 2012 4:35:56 AM

That's odd. Have you checked device manager? And have you restarted the computer? Usually Windows takes note of stuff after you restart.
June 14, 2012 5:08:34 AM

I just did a restart and nothing changed and I'm not sure what to look at on device manager.
June 14, 2012 5:10:31 AM

Is that a Generic 500W PSU or a good brand 500W PSU. If it's a Generic, it might not be powering the 8800GT well enough.
a b Î Nvidia
June 14, 2012 5:11:48 AM

Look at the "display adapters" section of the device manager, and see what comes up. If the 8800GT does not come up, you are either going to have to take the card out and put it back in or just disable the onboard in the BIOS
June 14, 2012 5:25:12 AM

8800 GT does not show up in "display adapters". I took the card out and put it back in and I think the computer recognized it this time because the display on my monitor went away. I connect my comp. to the monitor using a VGA cable and I noticed that my old graphics card had a VGA input on the side, whereas my new card only has some input with many more pins than VGA.
Do you think this has something to do with my new problem of no display showing up at all?
Thanks for your help.
June 14, 2012 5:53:52 AM

Are you sure your not plugging it into the motherboard? If your 8800GT doesn't have VGA which I find nearly impossible, you might need a DVI to VGA adapter. That's what it sounds like to me. If you can take a picture and post it here that would really help.

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a b Î Nvidia
June 14, 2012 5:56:35 AM
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The 8800GT should come with 2 DVI and a S-Video port. It does not come with VGA.

You need to plug the monitor into the graphics card for it to work.

You would need an adapter for it to work with VGA.
June 14, 2012 6:01:46 AM

pezonator said:
Are you sure your not plugging it into the motherboard? If your 8800GT doesn't have VGA which I find nearly impossible, you might need a DVI to VGA adapter. That's what it sounds like to me. If you can take a picture and post it here that would really help.


Just got a DVI to VGA adapter from my dad and it works now!!!!!
My GTA IV benchmark just improved from 2 fps to 65 fps.
Thanks you for all of your advice.
June 14, 2012 6:01:58 AM

Best answer selected by scrowder1214.
a b Î Nvidia
June 14, 2012 6:49:28 AM

Glad we could help!
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