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Graphics card preventing system from booting

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February 6, 2013 2:15:21 PM

Hey everyone,

A couple of days ago my PC suddenly lost power. Attempting to power it only results in a CPU fan twitch. At first I thought it was a faulty PSU, but hooking the system up to a new one gave me the exact same problem. Unplugging the graphics card from the PSU allows the system to boot just fine. Does anyone know a way get my card working again, or should I just repair/replace it it?

Thanks guys.

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a c 205 U Graphics card
February 6, 2013 2:23:14 PM

What is the brand and model (not just wattage) of your PSU? Was the new one the same brand and model? What graphics card?
February 6, 2013 2:32:32 PM

My PSU is an XFX Core Edition 550W, and yeah, the replacement was the same model. Graphics card is an AMD Radeon HD7950.
a b U Graphics card
February 6, 2013 2:33:01 PM

Sounds like your system doesn't have enough power. Chances are your first PSU just fell over and died, and the second one just doesn't have enough juice to power everything.

[Edit] Never mind, looked up your PSU and it has Seasonic internals. Definitely not a low quality unit. Do you have another GPU you could test with, or another computer to test the GPU in?
a b U Graphics card
February 6, 2013 2:40:52 PM

if you arent on a surge etc your psu might have not stopped a surge to your card and fried it but not likely. i would try another pcie slot first and if still nothing hope you still have a warranty and rma it
February 6, 2013 2:59:42 PM

Tried another pcie slot: no succes. Think I'll try to see if I can find another PC to test my card or otherwise just claim warranty.
February 6, 2013 4:14:29 PM

So when the graphics card in theres no display but the fan onit spins?

Try taking the battery thing on ur computer for a few sec then put it back in it should work :D 
a b U Graphics card
February 6, 2013 4:21:40 PM

The card went south folks...that's pretty plain and simple..been there done it...not a good feeling but..that's life!
a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 2:13:03 PM

johnnyq1233 said:
The card went south folks...that's pretty plain and simple..been there done it...not a good feeling but..that's life!

It is likely, but not assured. Hardware failures can be deceptive, that's why we tell people to test things to be sure before they go and burn hundreds of dollars on something they don't need.
a c 130 U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 2:27:14 PM

I don't know for sure but in a scenario where a modern card like a 7950 was not getting the power it needed I would expect the card to throttle down or just not run at all. The days when a card would pull and pull resulting in a dead card or PSU should be behind us.

looks like an RMA to me if possible.

Mactronix :) 
February 19, 2013 8:38:55 AM

wow

Its the Graphics Card,
this happened mine 2 days ago, yes, blame the PSU, brought it to the store, tested and it works, decided to unplug GPU,
Tada boot up!!!

Changed PCIe slot no luck...

GPU is dead...
!