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Boot fails with Leadtek Geforce4 A170 DDR
TonyRoss Apr-24-02 02:18 AM
G'day,

I'm sending this for my brother.

He just got a new system by buying components but his Leadtek Geforce4 A170 DDR video card wont allow his PC to boot. It's beeping and the beep code suggests its a video card failure/monitor cable failure.

The PC system works fine with a PCI card or my AGP Matrox G400.

I've tried his Leadtek Geforce4 card in my machine and it works fine.

I'm thinking it could be one of two things.

1. The video card is not seated properly because the card hanger is not allowing it to be pressed in fully on his motherboard.

2. There is a video card or motherboard BIOS problem.

I downloaded the latest BIOS for his new motherboard, with no change in activity after flashing the board.

I also downloaded the latest bios flash utility for his Leadtek Geforce4. He hasn't flashed his video card yet since he's sceptical about it making any difference.

Any suggestions ?

Regards,

Tony

6828@iname.com

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1. RE: Boot fails with Leadtek Geforce4 A170 DDR
lbyard Apr-24-02 10:18 AM
In response to message 0
>1. The video card is not seated properly because the card hanger is not allowing it to be pressed in fully on his motherboard.

That will cause the beeps. Push straight down on the card, the sure it seated towards the front after screwing it down, and look along both sides of the socket to see if it is fully seated. Remove the power cord when doing this. The back of some cases can be bent towards the rear to allow seating boards. Some boards are defective and will not fit. You may be able to loosen the screws attaching the bracket to the board so it can be adjusted to fit. Some cases, usually cheap ones, are defective. You may be able to loosen all of the screws used to attach the motherboard to the case and adjust the motherboard so boards insert easier. Be sure to retighten the screws and do not over-torque them. Over-torquing the screws can damage a multi-layer motherboard (most/all are). On the other hand, grounding problems can result if the screws do not make good contact with the donuts on the motherboard. Some motherboards/display adapters will cause beeps if the monitor is not fully plugged-in to the display adapter or the plug has a bent pin.

>2. There is a video card or motherboard BIOS problem.

Could be. What motherboard is installed? Larry


2. RE: Boot fails with Leadtek Geforce4 A170 DDR
TonyRoss Apr-25-02 01:06 AM
In response to message 1
Thanks for the suggestions Larry.

It turns out it was not the graphics card at all but the BIOS getting it's knickers in a twist over the internal modem. Once that had been removed the system booted up fine.

It's just odd that the IRQ conflict made it look like a graphics card/agp port problem.

Anyway we've got it all running now, including the modem etc.

Regards,

Tony

6828@iname.com

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