New video card not working in older machine

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December 18, 2011 at 15:56:03
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Media Canter Edition 32 bit, 2.799 GHz / 3327 MB
My Geforce 7600 256 mb video card recently went in my 6 year old computer so I went to pick up a Geforce 210 512 mb to replace it. Threw it in there and when I boot it up all I get is a black screen. The Geforce 210 requires a 350 watt power supply and at 500 watts mines more than powerful enough. It's a PCI-E 2.0 card but as far as I know it's compatible with prior PCI-E slots. Am I wrong? Could it be my Mobo? Could it be my version of windows is 32 bit and the memory bus on the video card is 64 bit? Please help! Thanks.

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#1
December 18, 2011 at 16:30:24
If you get no display even during bios bootup then the problem is nothing to do with 32bit windows. The card itself does not require a separate 12V power connection so you are left with a number of possibilities.

1. The card is DOA out of the box. Unlikely but possible. I've had one.
2. The PCIe slot on the motherboard has failed.
3. Some other component including powersupply, CPU, Drives or RAM has failed.

Does your motherboard have an inbuilt graphics adapter as well as the PCIe slot?
If you leave out the graphics card completely and attempt to boot the board, do you get any BIOS beeps?

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#2
December 18, 2011 at 17:21:44
I have a spare 7600 gs that I threw in there to test it, and it works fine. Just saw this as a good opportunity to upgrade a bit. Maybe the card is Dead out of the box.....Any other suggestions before I take the card back?

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#3
December 18, 2011 at 17:22:42
Also could it just be that the computer is simply too old? bought the rig in 2006 and made several upgrades over the years....

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