Old PC Fail

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Fak3r
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Hey guys, im just about waiting for my pc parts for my new build but this is about my older PC.

The thing is, theres something wrong with it but im not sure what. I was hoping you guys can help me point out the issue so i can at least hand it down to a family member.

What happens is, when i turn it on, it starts up and you see all the text load with all the parts showing, then i get the windows xp logo loading... after the windows loading finishes, it says "No Signal"

What can this be? because theres signal when it boots and loading windows xp logo, but when it goes to go into windows, it says that. Ive reformatted and tried a new HDD but still the same thing. Ive never tried to point out a hardware issue, so could someone tell me the process on how to identify something thats failed?

The Build is:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 "Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB)
Memory: Corsair Dominator 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 XMS2 PC2-8500C5 TwinX Dual Channel (TWIN2X2048-8500C5D)
Motherboard: EVGA nForce 680i SLi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (122-CK-NF68-A1)
PCU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad-SLi PCI-E 750W Power Supply
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9700-LED CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/LGA775)
HDD1: Western Digital Raptor X 150GB 10000RPM SATA 16MB Cache - OEM (WD1500AHFD)
HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (WD2500AAKS)
Graphics: BFG GeForce 8800 GT OC 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail
Keyboard: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard (920-000375)
Mouse: Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue 2000dpi High Precision Gaming Mouse - Retail
Scythe S-FLEX 1200RPM Ultra Quiet 120mm Fan - 3/4 pin
CD Drive1: Plextor PX800A 18x DVD±RW IDE Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM
CD Drive2: Sony NEC Optiarc DDU1615 IDE DVD-ROM (Black) - OEM

Thanks all :)

eire1274
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Sounds likely to be either a bad video driver, or a bad video card. Something is triggering the accelerated mode on the GPU and it is locking, hence the "no signal."

First try safe mode and removing the video driver, reboot, and reinstall a new updated copy from nVidia's website.

If that also fails, consider replacing the entire video card.

Nick McDermott

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That computer is better then mine lol! I would check the drivers by going into safe mode, if it isn't driver problems, then replace the video with a gtx 590 and give it to me for free.

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Fak3r
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Ok thanks guys, I was trying to find the GTX 590, but cant find it on UK sites. What other gfx cards could i put in this build that wont kill it?

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The GTX 590 is out of production, so getting harder to find. I think it would be best to look at the GTX 670 or 680, tops, with that processor. AMD HD 7950 or 7970 would work as well, but make sure all nVidia video drivers will need to be off for clean driver install. Given the fact you are using an nForce-based board, it may be easier to just stick with nVidia GPUs.

Nick McDermott

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I would stick with nVidia cards just to play it safe. I was just kidding with the GTX 590 that would be pointless with that cpu. I would probably pop in a 670. In the end it's up to you, do you want to invest that much cash into a computer that has two old hard drives?

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I would suggest reset the Bios default, then press F8 key to the boot menu when the PC starts, select the Last Known Good Configuration first before the save mode.

Also, try reseat the video card and RAMs.
Check the video card FAN is not stucked.

Hope this helps.

Bill
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In most cases, PCI-e is now robust enough that BIOS changes won't usually take a card off-line in accelerated mode. It's more of a "working" or "not working" situation, not like PCI/AGP was.

Also, nVidia driver sets do not configure with Windows settings, and the "last known good configuration" will not correct driver acceleration configs. NVidia made the choice to do this a few years ago due to the aggressive way Windows 7 was affecting settings, especially in SLI equipped rigs. Makes sense in a technical sense, but it also removed a troubleshooting method that used to be quite valid and helpful. AMD/ATi GPU driver sets still configure within Windows settings (perhaps why some still have issues with Crossfire?).

Any word on the rig, by the way? Have you determined that the card is bad?

Nick McDermott