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Nothing happens when inserting old NVIDIA GPU in old PC.


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#1 POKEGAMERZ

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 11:11 PM

Alright so I have spent nearly 2 months trying to restore this old PC that used to have Windows XP on it and hasn't really been used since 2006-2007 and I have made lots of progress on it but 1 issue I seem to have with it is the GPU. Whenever I insert the GPU nothing happens (no beep codes and no display on neither motherboard nor Graphics card) and without the graphics card it functions normally. Here are my specs-
Case- Custom beige PC case.
Motherboard- PCChips PC400 with VIA VT8233 chip.
CPU- Pentium 4 2.00 GHz.
Current Motherboard Graphics Driver- S3 Prosavage DDR.
GPU that I am trying to install- AGP Dell NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200.
RAM- 228,848 KB.
Hard Drive- 18.6 GB.
PSU- Power Man FSP250-60GTA 250W PSU.
PCI Cards- USB card with drivers.
Encore WiFi card with Realtek RTL8185 54M Wireless LAN Network Adapter Driver.
Operating System- Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 (SP4).
Alright so these are my specs and here is my AGP Dell NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200-
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I bought the card yesterday used at a PC repair shop for $20 and the guy said that it works so please help me out here because it looks like a really awesome card.

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 12:36 AM

Sounds like a dead video card. I got a pc that has the same hardware in it sitting and collecting dust :). I had to recap the 5200 they all popped their tops and was leaking.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 12:35 PM

Sounds like a dead video card. I got a pc that has the same hardware in it sitting and collecting dust :). I had to recap the 5200 they all popped their tops and was leaking.

Here is a close up of the capacitors on the Graphics Card-
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I know that it was produced around the Capacitor Plague period but none of them looked like they leaked and the tops look normal.

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 02:38 PM

What brand are they? Green, Blue and little Black one. They can still be bad. Check the solder contacts too on each of those caps. A used card like this in a mess with other cards can sometimes knock one loose. Overall, You should be getting video regaurdless of drivers. It's either the caps are shot or the cpu is blown. In either case it's scrapyard junk unless you can salvage or buy new caps and solder new ones on. On my 5200 each of the greens was popped wide open and the blue and black was swelled. You're absolutely right the board was part of the capacitor plague. However, there is still really shoddy caps even today. Manufacturers like to cut corners to save a buck and this is the result. I tend to stick with Panasonic caps.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 05:13 PM

What brand are they? Green, Blue and little Black one. They can still be bad. Check the solder contacts too on each of those caps. A used card like this in a mess with other cards can sometimes knock one loose. Overall, You should be getting video regaurdless of drivers. It's either the caps are shot or the cpu is blown. In either case it's scrapyard junk unless you can salvage or buy new caps and solder new ones on. On my 5200 each of the greens was popped wide open and the blue and black was swelled. You're absolutely right the board was part of the capacitor plague. However, there is still really shoddy caps even today. Manufacturers like to cut corners to save a buck and this is the result. I tend to stick with Panasonic caps.

Green Capacitors- Sanyo.
Purple Capicitor- OS CON.
Black Capacitors- Nichicon.
The black one does look a little bent and the blue is actually a purple Capacitor. Can you provide any solutions based on this information?

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Posted 02 November 2015 - 02:42 PM

I had issue with my pc similar to yours, I unplugged it from mains and removed batter and reset cmos. Tried it two three times and it worked

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 04:29 PM

You can try to reset the bios, but plugging in a slot card the onboard internal one is automatically turned off. No video of the slot video card = dead video card. The caps look good, but that doesn't mean they aren't bad. The cpu can also be blown. That heatsink is absolute garbage. So it may have had a heat issue in the past that resulted in a burned out cpu.



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Posted 08 November 2015 - 06:44 PM

Update- Actually about a week ago I got a new NVIDIA GPU which I think is the NVIDIA Geforce4 Ti 4200. Got it used for he same price but I didn't have to pay anything as I paid for the faulty card but this one works like I got it fresh and new.






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