Dr. Phil Dec 26, 2013 @ 11:36am
New Graphics Card. Computer Won't Boot Past Bios.
For Christmas I received a new graphics card for Christmas as well as a new PSU. I put in the PSU which is 600 watts it worked perfectly. I then proceeded to uninstall all of the drivers for the old AMD graphics card. Whenever I installed the New NVidia 660 GTX by Gigabyte it starts to boot gets to the BIOS or BOOT MENU screen and freezes. I cannot input anything and it refuses to work. I tried taking out the internal battery and it still doesn't work. I put the old graphics card back in so i could use the computer but since I don't have any drivers it won't work. If anyone had any ideas it would be appreciated. I cannot access BIOS either.
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rotNdude Dec 26, 2013 @ 12:42pm 
If you can't access the BIOS with the new card, then you definitely have a problem with the new video card. The BIOS doesn't care about drivers.

What are the rest of your computer specs? What make and model of PSU did you get? What video card did you have before?
Dr. Phil Dec 26, 2013 @ 12:51pm 
The computer is running an i5 with 16 gb ram. 2 tb hard drive. The old card is a radeon 7350 I think and the new power supply is an EVGA 600 watt PSU. If there is something wrong with the actual card what do you reccomend I do with it?
_I_ Dec 26, 2013 @ 1:17pm 
what power upply?
brand/model
_I_ Dec 26, 2013 @ 2:07pm 
thats one is by fsp, shouldnt be half bad

did you connect both of the gpu power cables?
Dr. Phil Dec 26, 2013 @ 2:15pm 
There was only one input for power to the GPU.
Azza ☠ Dec 26, 2013 @ 4:50pm 
Make sure you have installed the graphics card into the first PCI Express 3.0 slot correctly and it's clicked into place. Then ensure to attached the 6-pin power connectors from the PSU to the top of your graphics card, which is required to power it (your PSU will need to support this - normally labelled as PCI-E cables). You might of missed this, in which case the motherboard will fail to power up the device and auto-shutdown for protection.

Connect the monitor cable only via the DVI-I connector (which carries both an analog and digital signal) if using an analog screen. Else you can use either DVI-D, DVI-I or HDMI, if working with digital.

Drivers don't matter, BIOS will use basic ones and Windows will install it's own standard native ones - if nothing better detected. It will still start, just with crumby and/or slow graphics (till you install the correct ones). It's either faulty hardware or your missing a connection somewhere.
Last edited by Azza ☠; Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:00pm
Dr. Phil Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:00pm 
Yeah I found out the problem and it's because the slot is 2.0. I will be getting a new motherboard probably this one.http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gab85md3h
Mr Bigglesworth (Banned) Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:12pm 
It should work with 2.0. Upgrade your bios and check the power connections for the card. There should be two not one unless you have some rare model that only needs one.
[☥] - CJ - Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:16pm 
If that isnt the same motherboard as what you have now, chances are you'll have to reinstall windows.

Also.. are you sure you put the right PSU power connector into the GPU? using the wrong connector can cause some problems.. Not to mention the wrong connector into the CPU 12v slot.

Another thing, its possible you hit the RAM sticks when you put the new GPU in, you can try reseating them to make sure they arent the problem as an issue with the RAM can cause such boot issues as well.

Its strange that even the old GPU wont boot up with the PC. even without GPU drivers installed the PC will still boot and then install the default graphic drivers once windows loads..
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If you ended up incorrectly putting the PSU connectors into the wrong places of the motherboard/GPU you could have damaged the motherboard. Again, putting the wrong connectors into the GPU could have buckled the PCI slot.
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Dr. Phil Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:24pm 
The GPU requires a 3.0 and my motherboard doesnt have a 3.0 connector and I tried the GPU on another computor and it works fine so I will have to upgrade my Motherboard. The old GPU now works thanks to some usb magic so thanks for all the help. Also is it a good motherboard?
[☥] - CJ - Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:26pm 
That is Not Correct.

PCI-E 3.0 GPUs are BACKWARDS Compatible with 2.0 and the like.

Just try what i suggested above. chances are you may have messed something up when you put in the GPU.
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The question isnt if its a good motherboard, the question is do you have a CPU that can actually use that motherboard.
Dr. Phil Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:27pm 
Yes I have an i5 but if what you say is correct than I may not have to upgrade just yet.
[☥] - CJ - Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:29pm 
which i5?

And its possible. Just do a little troubleshooting first.
Make sure the powersupply connectors are where they are supposed to be on the motherboard for the CPU, and make sure ur using the correct one for the GPU.

Reseating the RAM would be the next step. Carefully take them out of the DIMM slots and securely but gently place them back into the DIMM slots.
With the PC OFF mind you

and go from there
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Dr. Phil Dec 26, 2013 @ 5:43pm 
I just checked the cables and they are the correct ones to use seeing how the cpu used 1 4 pin connector and the gpu used a single 6 pin connector . The ram is set correctly and even though it was I reset it. The old gpu is now working but for some reason the new one still won't. I will try using the new card on a friends computer on the 28 and if it works there there is something wrong with mine and if it doesn't the card must be faulty. The card should work with his seeing as he is using the the 660 ti which is a bit higher than mine.
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