Why would this card not work

Evga 01g-p3-n981-tr geforce 9800 gt 1gb...
April 8, 2010 at 20:11:11
Specs: Windows XP 32 bitservice pack 3
I just bought this card to be installed on my ABIT IP-95 mobo, it has a pentiumD 3.4ghz processor, 4g of crucial ddr2, and rocketfish 550w PSU. I currently run a geforce 7300gs, with no problems other than age. I installed the 9800gt and the fan just revs and the mobo beeps, the screen also recieves no signal....stays blank..., most say its the psu but it meets the minimum requirements. I've tried everything suggested already on forums, just want ideas...

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April 8, 2010 at 20:57:12
The 9800GT card probably has a socket on it that you must connect a connector and wiring from the power supply to - did you connect to that ?

Are you sure the card is all the way down in it's slot?

Rocketfish sounds like an el-cheapo brand to me. El-cheapo power supplies often either have inferior current at the voltages ratings, or they lie about what the power supply is capable of.

Your power supply must have at least the minumum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

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April 8, 2010 at 20:57:39
I think Rocketfish is a BestBuy product? 550W isn't the most important spec, but it should at least be an honest rating. According to the following review, it's actually a 500W unit that's been marketed "creatively" buy using the peak output rather than the sustained output.


The amperage rating on the +12v rail is what really matters though. According to eVGA, a PSU with a minimum of 26A on the +12v is required for a system running their 9800GT. You should have that covered because your PSU has two +18A rails.


The beeps coming from the motherboard indicate that the card wasn't installed correctly. Most likely, it isn't fully seated in the PCI-e slot. Also, the 9800GT requires a 6-pin power plug...make sure it's connected.

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April 8, 2010 at 21:06:09
I'm starting to 2nd guess the PSU. Although that site gave it a fairly good review, I just googled it up & found it for sale at numerous sites for about $20-25. Amazon lists it for $29:


BestBuy has it for $85! I sure hope you didn't pay anywhere near that much for it?


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April 8, 2010 at 21:06:13
The 6 pin connector was in, and the card was fully seated, I have this PSU because it was a quick fix when my first one burnt out. I should have explained the beeping better, my comp beeps once on start up, with the 9800gt in, the card revs its fan then the mobo beeps once, and it repeats until turned off, almost like it is constantly restarting, thanks for the help

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April 8, 2010 at 21:20:16
It sounds you have a ram connection problem, the same as in this I use to suggest for a test ....

Make sure you have a speaker or speakers or the equivalent connected to the mboard so you can hear mboard beeps (see your mboard manual if you need to).
Remove the AC power to the case/power supply.
Remove all the ram.
Restore AC power.
Try to boot.
If nothing else is wrong, you will get no video but you will hear a pattern of beeps that indicate no ram is installed, or a ram problem.
E.g. for an Award bios or a bios based on one, that's often a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously.

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:

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April 8, 2010 at 21:25:01
I just looked up the ABIT IP-95 & it uses the Award BIOS, so Tubes is correct that the continuous beeping indicates a memory problem.


"I have this PSU because it was a quick fix when my first one burnt out"

Well, if you paid $85 for it, you got ripped off.

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April 8, 2010 at 21:29:07
Yeah I know I got ripped off, I was freaking out because i had a 10 pg paper on my computer that needed to be printed so I went out and bought what they had, so it was a lose lose situation. But about "It sounds you have a ram connection problem", I don't think so because the ramm works fine right now with my current set up

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April 8, 2010 at 21:33:09
more on that, sorry, it isn't a repeating beep, its the normal load beep....then it basically restarts and beeps normally, then restarts, wish i had a mich. so i could record it.

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April 8, 2010 at 21:49:16
OK, the restart loop is a sign that the power supply is overloaded. Take the 9800GT out & put the 7300GS back in. If it boots normally, you found your problem.

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April 8, 2010 at 22:09:29
Thank you, any suggestions on a trust-worthy PSU?

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April 9, 2010 at 07:03:26
See response 3 in this:

AMD / ATI recommends these brands:

I've bought several Enermax PSs locally because they're high quality similar to the higher priced Antec line, and I can get them for less than Antec ones where I am.

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April 9, 2010 at 09:46:41
Go with a Corsair PSU with a single, high amperage +12v rail.


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