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July 17, 2003 7:30:49 PM

I just bought a Gainward GeForceFX 5900(not the Ultra). I just got the thing less than an hour ago. I pulled it out of the box, hooked it up correctly, and started the computer. What do I get. Parallel green lines in 4 places on the screen during the post and boot up. Then it won't even have a display in Windows(XP Pro). I know its not that my power supply isn't big enough(Have a thermaltake 420W). Does anyone know what might be causing this and/or a way to fix it? Please help. Just spent $400 on the damn thing and it doesn't work.
July 17, 2003 8:05:48 PM

You spent $400 on a 5900 non-ultra?

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July 17, 2003 8:09:06 PM

That's the price anyways.

Oh brother, the FX5900 bugs start already... thought the FX5600 was the disaster card for stability. :frown:

If the card problem persists, return it, get a 9800PRO for less.

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July 17, 2003 8:12:14 PM

oh shut up u people and try to help this guy.

try the card in other computers if u can, if they all show green lines, RMA the card and get a replacement (get a 9800pro AND DIE!!! LOL)

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July 17, 2003 8:20:05 PM

I was going to get the same card, until I read they had a batch of faulty capacitors on the Ti 4200, not that’s your problem though.

Are you saying you can’t get into windows, what about the BIOS? What kind of mobo do you have, maybe you need to update it, or set something in the BIOS. I would try reseating the card. Hopefully thing will get better.
July 17, 2003 8:44:17 PM

hm well you can do as someone already mentioned by trying it in another comp to see if it's the card.
Maybe it's heat related? Is the card properly cooled?
Is it running cool?
If the problem still persists after trying this try a RMA :( 

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July 17, 2003 9:21:55 PM

The motherboard is an Asus P4P800. Latest BIOS revision. I know that cooling isn't the problem(5 case fans + plus the whooper of a heatsink on these cards). As far as getting an ATI card, no. I did that once and will never betray Nvidia again. I saw that the Radeon 9800 Pro was a tad cheaper and thought about changing my order but decided against it. Nvidia's driver support is way better than ATI's and usually they can increase performance from their cards 3-4 times a year with a simple driver. ATI, you need a new card(new Catalyst mostly just fixes incompatibility issues). Not to mention Nvidia has Microsofts back door to Windows in their field of play. I'm gonna try it in my roommates computer when he gets back and maybe play with it a little more in mine. Just pisses me off because if I have to RMA the card, that'll be my 5th RMA in 2 months.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Alstair on 07/17/03 05:23 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
July 17, 2003 9:24:17 PM

if it is..... then u should check out ur power supply, maybe that the cause of your 5 RMAs

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July 17, 2003 9:38:54 PM

What card were you running before?

It may take a repair of Windows to wipe out your old drivers....I dunno.

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July 17, 2003 10:01:23 PM

You better make sure your drivers are install with out them you want get the display you mention "YOU SAID" [Then it won't even have a display in Windows(XP Pro)].By the way make sure you plug in the power plug.The plug is a tight fit,and if it,s not seated right it want have enough voltage to run it properly.yeah I agree with the other post also for a none Ultra $400 is steep,for afew more dollars you could got a Ultra,I have the ultra and it is a very nice card.I just wish the molux plug was a stright in rear instead on the side.It is hard to plug pushing side ways.if you slip you could break the card lol.

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July 17, 2003 10:18:41 PM

What is wrong with the Thermaltake 420W PS? Don't post something that might be a problem and not tell what it is. Also, 4 of the RMA's were before I got that PS and was using the stock 350W Antec PS that came with the case(this was before I got a P4). The power jack on the back of the card was firmly plugged in(mines on the back, not the side). And my old card was a Geforce4 Ti4400. Uses the same 43.03 driver that the new FX cards use.

Anyway, I put the card in my old computer(Athlon 1.33GHz w/ 350W PS). It booted up with no lines at the post screen. Then had them when it showed the Windows XP logo while loading Windows. Same black screen after that though. Its graphics card was also the same Ti4400(Ti4400 came from old computer and just using it till I get a working new one). Card is going back to NewEgg to get replaced. I'm getting to be really good friends with the guys at the local post office I've been there so many times now.
July 17, 2003 10:27:31 PM

Card is indeed likely to be faulty.

Funny coincidence since a previous nVidia loyal Jiffy had bought a 9800PRO 256MB to try ATi out, and had a bad card. So Jiffy, still convinced ATi's got the only bad cards? :tongue:

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July 17, 2003 10:36:45 PM

First, what you say of ATI and nvidia is all to true.
Many in these parts are jumping on ATIs bandwagon because this year nvidia isnt the cool thing to pick.
I've been ripped off by ATI also, but never by nvidia.
I trust the FX series to skyrocket with some driver revisions from nvidia later like all their other cards.


About your problem, like the other guys said something is causing it in your system most likely.

Were all those RMAs video cards? I'd check your power and see if you've got a ground also, you can get a tester for $2 at walmart, its a little yellow plug with a light on it.

You shoudl download some monitoring software and log the voltage lines on your PSU, see if there are any drops in any of the lines at any time.
I've had bad power supplies in the past do similar things.

If you do end up getting a new one (its not a bad thing to have an extra PSU around anyway), try an Enermax.

When you get your new one, try it in your roomies computer first, that way if it works there.. then doesnt work after its in yours, you can be sure that its not the cards being faulty themselves.
You could also pick one up at a retailer that does returns like best buy, try them and see if they do the same thing, maybe newegg dropped all theirs, who knows.

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July 17, 2003 10:49:10 PM

No the RMA's were not all video cards.
Original Antec 350W PS that came with case:
- 2 Asus A7N8X Deluxes
- 2 x 512MB sticks of Kingston HyperX
- Western Digital 80GB HD
- AMD Athlon XP 2700+(not bad just returned when I decided to get the new P4)

Thermaltake PS
- 2 x 512MB sticks of Corsair XMS(bits 2-6 were bad)
- now GeForceFX 5900


I am on the computer in question right now. Voltages are as follows:
- +12V rail - 12.22 V
- +5V rail - 5.187 V
- +3.3V rail - 3.456 V
- VCore - 1.584 V

All within acceptable ranges. I would think if the power supply were the issue the computer would not run very stably with even with the current card in it. It runs fine though. Pulled a 5 hour SWG session last night with no glitches. I'm just gonna RMA the card and see what happens. Swear to god I think I pissed someone off and they put a damn curse on me. Either that or God just hates me when I try to indulge a little.

What I might do just to see for sure or not, is pull out my roommates computer and take his 400W(I think) powersupply and test it in mine, just to be sure. And yes its an Antec. I know Antec makes a great product, I just didn't have the money for one at the moment. Besides, the Thermaltake has 9 reviews on the NewEgg.com and all were good. The reviews on the Antec TruePower 430W though several were complaints. Not saying Antec's bad, just that a few reviews were bad.
July 17, 2003 11:51:07 PM

Well Eden I’m sure you know no matter what you buy there is always that chance of it being defected. I’m still going back though, maybe I'll get a Ultra or maybe an overclock Leadtek. :wink:

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by jiffy on 07/17/03 07:51 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
July 18, 2003 2:06:01 AM

Do you have clean power? Are you using a GOOD if not GREAT surge protector or a UPS?

You're problems are far above the normal threshold.

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July 18, 2003 2:27:31 AM

Good point.

I live in a building with ancient power outlets and some caused my PC to crash randomly. Had to mark which ones work and which don't. Power outlets/UPS's can be problems.

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July 18, 2003 8:23:15 AM

Antec is pretty good.. I'm not a fan of TT but I'm sure that their stuff is ok also. Ive always used enermax, they always were the best but I dont know if they still are. I'd have no quarrel using an antec instead though, I wouldnt trade it for the TT though, just out of ignorant fear! But i've heard enermax isnt as good as they used to be either. I use all antec for everything else (case ect.)

I feel bad thats very nice equipment but a very strange problem.
hmm, I assume you dont get shocked by the case at anytime and theres never any sparking (silly question but...I am out of ideas!)

I had a problem with things dying but it was due to a lack of ground in my electrical outlet and the charge would build up on the case and shock my a$$

Most surge protectors will tell you if you have a ground also.

I can only suggest testing out some equipment that will get you clean, stable power.. try that other PSU from your roommate and maybe try a different surge protector. The more expensive ones have regulators on them.. I use an APC Back UPS

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July 18, 2003 9:05:05 AM

To me it seems there is a problem hardware wise with the GPU or the Mem. It could be power, but then other problems tend to arise before or at the same time as what you have described. I had a GF2GTS from visiontek that did a similar thing and when I RMA'd it they confirmed a bad mem chip and failing GPU. As a side note they ended up sending me a GF3 back because they weren't making the GF2GTS anymore at that point, yey for me.


Also I have used Nvidia cards and ATi cards. My current card is a 9500. My last card was a Ti4200. Now unforunately Nvidia this time around just didn't meet the current standards like they used to. I say if you are going to RMA the card, you should atleast consider either an upgrade to the Ultra or an ATi 9800 Pro (If they will let you). Band wagon has nothing to do with a lot of peoples' decisions and I hate it when people say that. I used Nvidia cards from the TNT all the way up to a Ti4600 (breifly because I sold it and got a Ti4200). ATi has just done more for less at this point for my needs. I will no doubt still consider an Nvidia product the next time either company releases a "NEW" card and I am in the upgrade market. The deciding factor will be price to performance and track record. Nvidia IMHO has started to go the way of ATi a year or two ago, products not quite up to par until about 3 to 6 months after release due to drivers(mainly) or support. So I will be waiting and watching how each company does and then I will make an informed decision about which card is right for me and my budget. Who knows maybe it will be a Matrox then (LOL).

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July 18, 2003 10:49:47 AM

I think your talking to Alstair. Since I had the ATi 9800p 256 mb which gave me a checker board affect. Things might have been different if I had gotten the 128 mb version, since the only thing they added to the 256 mb was heat.

One minute you say you don’t think Nv meets the current standards, but suggest to make an upgrade to an Ultra card or 9800P, and then say you will be waiting to make an informed decision. I think that is sum what being offensive. It’s like saying the people who buy these cards now aren’t making a informed decision, yet with out people like me buying these cards, people like you wouldn’t be able to make an informed decision.

Maybe it’s time you upgrade that Rambo 9500 card you have and help us inform people, instead of sitting on the side line telling people what to do, that your unwilling to do yourself. :tongue:
July 18, 2003 1:39:59 PM

What did you end up doind jif?

You said ATi has terrible driver stability? You can't get your card to even work and you're worried about <b>ATi's</b> driver stability??? What the hell...? Not that nVidia has driver problems, it's just that if you did your research, you'd see that in this round of the competition, ATi's drivers are just as reliable as those from the big N.

The reason I'd prefer the 9800 Pro to the 5900 isn't because ATi is "in," or because I'm an ATi fanboy. It's because I believe that ATi offers the better product, because it's just as fast, just as reliable, quieter, and offers better image quality. Here's an example, comparing the 9800's IQ/Power to that of the 5900Ultra. ATi's Antialiasing quality is found by most to be far superior to nVidia's. ATi's 6x looks a lot better than nVidia's 8x. Their Aniso is virtually identical. So look at these number's from HardOCP's reviews.

<A HREF="http://hardocp.com/article.html?art=NDcyLDE=" target="_new">Here</A> and <A HREF="http://hardocp.com/article.html?art=NDk2LDM=" target="_new">here.</A>

Every time they crank up to 6x/8x (ATi) and 8x/8x (nVidia) the 5900's framerate drops considerably, often becoming unplayable. Not only that, it doesn't look as good as the ATi!!! (At least when comparing AA)

Those links have numbers and pictures to back up my statements. If your goal is to play every game at 150+fps, that's fine, but I prefer to max everything out because I want my games to look amazing and play smoothly. When you turn everything up to the max, the 9800 Pro looks better, runs faster, and is quieter and just as stable. Make sense?

Tit for tat, butter for fat, ATi's dog kicks nVidia's cat

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July 18, 2003 4:46:18 PM

What the h@ll are you talking about, you’re a couple threads off aren’t you? Yeah, I think ATi drivers are terrible, since YOU mentioned IT. I still bought an ATi thought didn’t I?

In case you haven’t notice, I didn’t start this thread nor do you see me asking for anybodies opinion on the ATi card. If you did a little research yourself you would see that’s been played to death. Don’t you ever tire???
July 18, 2003 6:38:45 PM

Sounds logical to me,if you not helping get out the kitchen.

TREAD SLOWLY IN DANGEROUS WATERS
July 18, 2003 6:46:46 PM

You know, in building computers for the last ~10 years, I don't think I've had that many rma's on a single pc ever... I don't think I've ever had more than 2 infact... you got a much more serious problem than a faulty video card. Bad power, Bad Power Sup, Bad Ground, Bad Case Short, crapped out something. Strangely enough, I had a keyboard that managed to kill 2 motherboards before I figured out hte problem... never figured out *HOW* it killed two motherboards, but it did...

Shadus
July 18, 2003 7:31:52 PM

Take it easy man, I just wanted to know if you got a refund... yikes...

Tit for tat, butter for fat, ATi's dog kicks nVidia's cat

(Maximum PC)
July 18, 2003 7:35:24 PM

I apologize, jif, the rest of that post wasn't meant for you, I was just too lazy to click the right person. Only the first sentence (reposted above) was for you. Anyway, I do tire of it, but I was just trying to prove a point to somebody who just wasn't being reasonable.

These days, it seems like no matter what you like, you're a fanboy.

Tit for tat, butter for fat, ATi's dog kicks nVidia's cat

(Maximum PC)
July 18, 2003 8:24:12 PM

A little misunderstanding, :eek: 
That would explain the pictures that you showed me before, hehe.

Yes, the refund is in process, thanks for asking. I’m keeping my figures crossed that I won’t pay any restocking fee. That’s all I can do is hope and maybe a little complaining if they do charge me. Hack, I might buy one of each cards if it will save me $74 bucks.

I already made my mind up, I’m going Nv, and don’t try to stop me, because I’m already haven’t a hard time deciding as it is. :wink:
July 18, 2003 9:16:37 PM

OK. Once again. Its not my powersupply. If it was, would the computer run stably now with my old graphics card in? NO. If it was the wiring, would the big screen TV, my old computer, the other 4 computers in my apartment(2 roommates), etc work? NO! They all work fine. I do have a 2000 joule surge protector. No UPS, yet. Plan to get one once I have some free money to spend. I stuck the card in my old computer and it didn't work either. I just think the card was bad, so its going back. Mailed it out today. As far as the other RMA's go, I don't even know if the motherboards were defective. I just couldn't get them to run stably without getting errors in Windows. I just think I had hardware that was not compatible but after talking with Asus they never told me what it was so I just sent them back and went with the P4 setup. The only thing I know for a matter of fact that was defective was the second RAM RMA. Could the other RAM have been bad, the harddrive, etc, possibly. They just would not work correctly no matter what settings I used.
July 18, 2003 9:23:17 PM

That's cool. Glad we understand each other.

These days, no matter what company you like, be it <b>nVidia, ATi, or whatever,</b> no matter how logical your reasons, you're labeled an <b>idiot</b> or a <b>fanboy</b>, or <b>both.</b>
July 18, 2003 11:19:04 PM

Is that your new sig, hehe. Doesn’t Nv stand for idiot, while ATi fanboy? Just seems like a little aggression towards Nv, not only the card, but the people that use them.
Some people will consider an Nv card, while the fanboys try to cram a ATi product down their throat, and if they don’t listen to reason it’s open season on them.
August 23, 2003 4:25:28 PM

Make sure you have the card fully seated. Maybe take it out and try again. I have had lines or no diplay at all on some cards that where ever so slightly out of the slot. I had a hell of a time getting my 5900 in place and seated, not to mention that is one of the heaviest graphics cards ive seen.

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