The system boots and runs fine until I install the video driver. After that it will post and show windows splash screen then the display goes dark. It seems similar to this post (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/342034-33-7970-drive-...) unfortunately the resolution in that post doesn't work with this motherboard. A few steps I've taken (note there were quite a few OS re-installs sprinkled in among these steps to get the display back again):
- Installed driver that came with video card
- Installed latest driver from the gigabyte website
- Installed latest driver from amd website
- Installed latest bios for motherboard from asrock website
As in that article the system will boot and display fine in safe mode, so I'm quite certain it's a driver issue. I'm wondering if I may have made an unfortunate choice in motherboards and these two guys are just not compatible or if there is some setting somewhere that can be adjusted to get this thing back in business? I didn't see anything like the options in that post in my cmos, so I'm looking for any assistance you might be able to provide!
Also make sure you're using the latest official drivers.
A lot of people are using the 12.11 beta since they have much higher performance, but for me they resulted in constant blue screens, driver crashes, etc.
After flashing the bios it went back to the A2 debug code and would show no video. I got a little frustrated so had to take a break, after getting back to it here are the results and responses to your posts:
A2 code: After trying a variety of things I unplugged then re-plugged the monitor power cord in and somehow that made everything work again. I can't even understand how this is even a thing...
babernet: I re-installed the operating system, I'm pretty sure that qualifies as deleting the old drivers. The old os files were put in an entirely different folder, and as I mentioned, after re-installing the os, it was able to boot and show video perfectly fine until I put in the new drivers again.
ttc: Basics are always the best place to start 1) It works connected to either the onboard vga/dvi or the video card dvi before installing the driver, after installing the driver it does not work in the video dvi and I didn't bother testing with the on board video because - what's the point? I can make it work with on board fine, the goal is to get the video card to work. 2) I don't see an option to disable the onboard video. The only thing I see is to set the primary video and that is set to pci express and not onboard.
aramisathei: Please read original post. I downloaded the latest official drivers from both gigabyte and amd. I did not get a beta.
Thank you all for your suggestions, it seems like the answer is still being elusive unfortunately.
Hate to break the bad news to u but seems like Thermaltake PSUs have bad reps lately. Very mixed reviews as well. Some got good units without any problem while others have bad ones, more like russian roulette.
Really? Well that's actually good to know, I can get an extra of those too, and just return whatever winds up not being the problem out of this mess. Some combination of all these parts will have to work haha