GeForce 7600GT graphics card

January 21, 2010 at 20:08:09
Specs: Windows 7 Professional

I am currently upgrading my video card for gaming purposes.. my system specs:

*HP Pavilion a6112n desktop computer*
OS: Windows 7 Professional, 32-bit
CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+ 2.10GHz
RAM: 2.00GB
Motherboard: Asustek Computer INC. Narra2-GL8E
Chipset: Nvidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

My pc is using the GeForce 6150SE(onboard integrated graphics), and I have decided to replace it with the Nvidia GeForce 7600GT PCI-X (bought brand new). I understand that I need a better psu to handle the graphics card so I removed the old 250W PSU and installed the Antec Basiq 500W(also bought brand new), which works perfectly fine. However, after putting the graphics card in my PCI-Express 16 slot and starting up my computer, my monitor is completely blank. This is what I did on my first attempt to fix this:

1) Remove the old GeForce 6150SE from the mobo, then boot up the system without a video card.
2) Went to Control Panel > Display Adapter > Uninstall it. Uninstalled successfully, and my control panel no longer shows any Display Adapter.
3) Restarted my computer, and went back to control panel to find that the onboard video automatically re-installed itself.
4) Restarted my computer, went into BIOS and on "Primary Video Adapter" I changed it from "Onboard" to "PCI-Ex16." This is the only option I could find in BIOS to disable the onboard video. I proceed to let the system load up then I shut down my computer.
5) Added the new 7600GT graphics card, made sure it was seated properly, reconnected monitor and all necessary cables. Start the computer up.
6) Nothing. Blank Screen. No POST beeps. I can hear the fan from my computer go from loud to quiet, then just a normal rhythm shortly after.

Note: Since the onboard card kept reinstalling itself, I also tried simply disabling it. My Primary Video Adapter is still set to PCI-Ex16 in BIOS, but I still don't see anything.

I gave up after many hours of frustration and I just popped my old onboard card back in. I have tried the BIOS and the Device Manager, and have read elsewhere online that one possibility is to try to jumper settings which I have no knowledge about and shouldn't even be necessary. The only other thing I can think of is.. does it have to do with the fact that the cable connecting my monitor to my mobo is VGA? The new graphics card has 2 DVI-I(Dual Link) ports. The VGA cable is the only one I have for my monitor and it connects directly to my mobo. Will the new graphics card not work if I don't plug a DVI-I cable directly to the card?

Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!!!

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January 21, 2010 at 21:48:08
Your info is confusing and some of it is WRONG.

In the Motherboard Specifications, M2N68-LA (Narra):

Your CHIPSET is Nvidia GeForce 6150SE, nForce 430.

It has integrated graphics - GeForce 6150SE .

You cannot physically remove either of them!

" NOTE: *Either integrated graphics or the PCI Express x16 slot are usable at one time; they are not usable concurrently."

Aswith most mboards, the onboard video is automatically disabled when you install your new or any video card in the PCI-E X16 slot. The video port on the mboard will NOT produce any video when the card is installed!

"The VGA cable is the only one I have for my monitor and it connects directly to my mobo."

"Will the new graphics card not work if I don't plug a DVI-I cable directly to the card?"

The card may be working fine, but you'll get no video unless you connect the monitor to it!

You MUST connect the monitor to the new video card. Most video cards with one or more DVI ports come with at least one DVI to VGA adapter that plugs into a DVI port. You plug the VGA cable into the VGA port on that adapter.
Did you look for that in the box it came in?
If the video card did not come with a DVI to VGA adapter, buy one !

The new video card may require an additional power connector from the power supply to be plugged into a socket on the card. If so, did you plug that in? If so, the video will probably not work without that.

You DO NOT set the Primary Video in the bios to Onboard when you have a PCI-E card in the slot - the video will still work in Windows, but the video will NOT have the enhanced capabilities the specific drivers that will be loaded for the video chipset in Windows support. That should be set to PCI-E.

One port on the video card is Primary, the other is Secondary. Sometimes a single monitor must be installed on the Primary port in order for the video to work properly. See the instructionsf or the card if it has them, or look for labelling on the card.

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January 21, 2010 at 22:32:31
Thanks!! Does it matter whether I buy DVI-I(Female) to VGA(Male) video adapter or DVI-I(Male) to VGA(Female)? I see both kinds on ebay.

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January 22, 2010 at 00:02:13
"upgrading graphic for gaming purposes" and u purchase 7600gt for gaming? Hd 4670 is better and cost $69 and 250w psu the card will work fine.

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January 22, 2010 at 04:47:29
"Hd 4670 is better and cost $69 and 250w psu the card will work fine"

I agree with kuwese. The HD4670 is a much better card than the older/slower 7600GT & since it's very energy efficient, it would have worked with the 250W PSU.

The monitor cable MUST be connected to the video card port (not to the onboard graphics port) & make sure you have the aux power cable connected to the video card.

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January 22, 2010 at 07:11:24
DVI-I(Male) to VGA(Female) is for the port (DVI female) on a video card or onboard video.
Are you sure the card didn't come with one?

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January 22, 2010 at 12:47:26
"Hd 4670 is better and cost $69 and 250w psu the card will work fine"

I would in fact rather keep my 250w psu if possible instead of switching to this super-noisy 500w one, but I have read in various other places online that the 4670 will be unstable on a 250w psu, despite the fact that it only uses 70w-80w, because all the other system components need to draw power as well.

"DVI-I(Male) to VGA(Female) is for the port (DVI female) on a video card or onboard video."

Okay, I'll go ahead and buy a DVI-I(m) to VGA(f). Thanks!

"Are you sure the card didn't come with one?"

I bought the card alone so it came with nothing else.

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January 22, 2010 at 13:58:35
"despite the fact that it only uses 70w-80w"

I don't know where you got that info but the HD4670 uses 60W at the most & that's under full load.

"the Radeon HD 4670 has a max board power of only 59W, which is within PEG (PCI Express Graphics) specifications. Since the card doesn't require exorbitant amounts of power, a supplemental PCI Express power connector is not necessary."

"The other difference between these two chips is their core clock speeds. The HD 4650 runs at 600 MHz and the 4670 jogs a fair clip faster at 750 MHz. This difference is a key factor in the 4650 sporting a thermal design power (TDP) rating of 48W while the 4670 bumps up to 59W."

"AMD lists board power of the 4670 and 4650 at 59W and 48W respectively"

Even the 48W HD4650 is faster than the 7600GT. You should have done some research before you bought the card. Why would you go with an old 7000 series card in the 1st place when the 9000 series is already on it's way out?

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January 22, 2010 at 14:27:05
AMD's website states that the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series has a system requirement of 400W minimum.. I suppose I can just ignore that and go with your guy's advice if you strongly believe my 250W psu can handle that, but I'll go with the HD4650 just to be safe.. once again thanks a lot for the input.

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