hey folks hope everything is good for ya'll
for the past month or so ive been having issues with my wife's Gateway gt5220.
the system specs were as such:
gateway GT5220 "media center computer"
AMD athlon x2 3800+ @ 2.0 Ghz
2 Gb of ram (2x 512, 1x 1GB)
realtek on-board sound
450 watt power supply
XFX nvidia 8800GS alpha dog edition video
now on to the issue.
about a month ago, we tried to boot the system, and were graced with a black screen. i later realized that the system was trying to start the XFX card but later bypassed it and booted with the on-board video instead. i checked the bios and the onboard VGA was set to be disabled unless a card is present. just to eliminate any question, i also reformatted the hard drive and re installed windows just have a fresh slate and rule out any operating system glitches. suspecting that the video card had become faulty, i contacted the manufacturer and was instructed to try the card in another computer. i removed the card and placed it in another PC to test it. the card booted immediately. next, i borrowed another video card, which didn't require a powerline directly from the PSU, to test the PCI-E slot. still bypassed.
another forum instructed me to replace the PSU, mentoning that it may have become worn out. so to test this thought i replaced the PSU another PSU with the exact same specifications. after no improvement, i replaced it again with a 600 Watt model only to find that am stuck with the same result
i really am running out of ideas here as to what try do next. this system was running strong since august '08. anyway folks, does anyone else have any ideas as to what i may be able to check before i have to save my pennies and get a new mobo and possibly processor?
thank you very much for your time:)