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#1 stormyme

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:18 PM

This post is going to involve 2 PCs, which I will refer to as PC 1 and PC 2. They are identical except for their graphics card and power supply. They both have ASUS P5E Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 3.00GHz, 3.25 RAM, running windows XP.

PC 1 ( gforce 8800gt card and a 500 watt power supply )

The LG monitor went off and never came back on. My sister had an old vga Mitsubishi diamond plus 91. I didn't have the funds yet to buy a new one so I hooked that up and everything was fine for about a week or two. Then the monitor shuts off and goes into power saving mode.  I assume power supply and it sits waiting for a new one.

PC 2 ( gforce 9800gtx card and a 700 watt power supply )

The LG monitor went off and never came back on. I take the Mitsubishi from PC 1 and a week later, the monitor shuts off and goes into power saving mode. I assumed the monitor finally died and went out and bought a new acer flat screen. I hooked it up and when I booted up I heard 1 long beep and 3 short beeps. The monitor went into power saving mode. I then researched and found that beeping code to be an Award Bios error saying the graphic card was bad. I pulled the card from PC 1 and upon boot up I heard 1 long beep and 3 short beeps.

As I read this back to myself,  I am seeing and feeling sick at the thought of....did I  fry 2 graphic cards by using that old vga? They are both lifetime warrantied but it means both PCs down for as long as it takes to RMA them. :(  I am currently on my laptop, but my world is on both those pc's.

I am hoping you can help me put together at least 1 PC and not tell me I need a new motherboard lol ;).  Let me know what it is you need to know.  I appreciate any input.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 07:57 AM

Here is an update. I found the gforce 8500 that came with my pc originally and put it in and it worked. Its been a couple hours and now the new 24" Acer flat screen went into power saver mode. Showing a "No Signal".  Could this be a power supply problem?  I am desperate for any help anyone might have. 



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 05:17 PM

Since putting in the gforce 8500 the beeping error went away. But the monitor gives a "no signal" after about 30 minutes. I'm at 4 pass and 0 errors on the memtest so far. Someone told me to go to 7 passes. Is that necessary now?  Is this info helping anyone with help on a solution?  Is it the power supply?

 

Asus P5E board

Intel duo core E8400 cpu


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 09:59 PM

Yes, this does sound like a power supply that is not making it.  The beep code could be miss leading as the GPU draws almost as much as the CPU.    Lifetime warranty?? 



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:32 AM

Beep Codes Explained

 

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 01:19 PM

did I  fry 2 graphic cards by using that old vga?

 

No.

 

Your report, as presented, includes the possibility that you are describing a low power mode of operation.  The POST error codes are not reported until after a significant amount of time passes with the reported affect in play.  The POST error codes are reported after the video card has been physically touched.

 

Please confirm the video card is properly seated and secured.  Ensure video cable is secure and without any physical damage.

 

Set Windows power management to Always On/High Performance/or  custom plan where video is never powered off.

Several methods exist.

 

Please report:

Can you 100% guarantee that a low power mode of operation was not in effect?

Now that a low power mode of operation is disabled, does the problem present?


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:31 PM

I have set the power management to "always on" and the monitor still powers off after a few minutes. I can also trigger the problem by opening a casino game.   I have also noticed posts

about the acer monitors being known for "no signal" errors.  Anyone know if that is still an issue? I can still return the monitor and get another brand if thats the case.

 

I guess its coming down to power supply.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 09:55 PM

acer monitors being known for "no signal" errors.  Anyone know if that is still an issue? I can still return the monitor and get another brand if thats the case.

 

Please provide Acer model number.

 

Please confirm multiple video cards present the same problem on the same monitor.

 

Note:  Does geforce 8500 have a power port?

 

Please describe in the simplest terms:

Current configuration of the subject PC


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:18 PM

The monitor is an Acer G246HL 

 

No the 8500 does not have a power port.  Cant confirm the monitor with multiple cards. Unless you can tell me how to hook it up to a laptop if thats possible. The laptop has a gforce 9600m gs and runs great.

 

The configuration of the subject pc is

 

gforce 8500

Asus P5E board

Intel duo core E8400 cpu

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

Connect laptop to monitor via VGA or DVI.

 

Your laptop has an alternate method for doing the following, but you have not identified the device.

 

This link shows a method that should work, using XP's native tools. 

Windows XP - Setting External Monitor as Primary

 

In WIndows 7, press Win+P.  Select Projector Only.


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Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:30 PM

Does the problem travel with the monitor?


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 01:06 AM

It works great on the laptop.The laptop only had the vga connector. We were using the DVI on both the pc's. Could the DVI be the issue?

 

Heres where it stands ...The gforce 8800 and 9800 do not work in 2 pc's . The 8500 works in both pc's but the monitor powers down on both of them.  

 

 

I cant tell you enough how much we appreciate your help. 



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 01:14 AM

It is 2 a.m. local time.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 01:40 AM

It is 2 a.m. local time.

 

I assumed you were gone for the night and took advantage of the monitor working on my laptop. ;)  I was behind in my ebay listings , since this pc nightmare began 5 days ago.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:33 AM

The gforce 8800 and 9800 do not work in 2 pc's

 

Two PSUs and video slots tested on each card.

 

It works great on the laptop...Could the DVI be the issue?

 

Not the most common defect

 

8500 works in both pc's but the monitor powers down on both of them.
I have set the power management to "always on" and the monitor still powers off after a few minutes.  I can also trigger the problem by opening a casino game.
gforce 8500 ... the monitor gives a "no signal" after about 30 minutes.

 

Just summing up the report.


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