I'm trying to install an Asus EN7900 GTX (Nvidia) into the following:
MSI P4M900M3 Mainboard
Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz
2GB DDR2 RAM
2 HDD, makes and models forgotten at present
Sony DVD-RW optical drive
Windows 7 Home (32-bit)
Aside from the Graphic Card being a bit of a squeeze on the M/B (alright, it doesn't really fit at all, due to cables in the way), when I switch back on, I don't get a screen. Furthermore, when disconnected from the onboard VGA connection, the monitor shows "check signal cable" - this message remains when connected to the card. I'm using a DVI>VGA adaptor which I know to work...
I've disabled the onboard gpu via Windows Device Manager and set my BIOS to use the PCI-E slot as the main graphics controller.
Does anyone have any thoughts or advice please?
All I want to do is play C&C4 at a reasonable resolution ;)
Also just check in the BIOS that you have the default graphics selected away from the internal graphics. Check on this by leaving the card in situ and reconnecting the monitor to the motherboard video socket. If the monitor still works then you have not selected the video card in the BIOS as the primary.
I've just looked at the PSU connector and realised I may not have connected it to the PSU properly, d'oh! I'll give that a go later and see where I get to.
With regard to the BIOS settings, what should happen if my BIOS is set to PCI-E for the graphics, but no card installed, as I think that's how it's set now, and my PC is functioning fine. Would it default to onboard gpu, ignoring the setting?
OK, so I've tried again to install this card. I believe I've wired it correctly to the PSU this time, but when I tried to power it up, all that happened was the fans (processor, chassis, graphics card) spun for about a second then stopped. I take it this is the sign of an underpowered system?
Is there a method of calculating an appropriate size power supply?
N.B. I tried disconnecting the optical/DVD drive, but then nothing at all happened, not even the fans turning...