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So I'm waiting on my 560s to get back from RMA and I figured I'd toss in my GT430 from my HTPC for the time being... BUT... for some reason the comp won't boot into windows with the 430 plugged in.

I can get into the BIOs, and the card is recognized, but anytime I try loading Windows it hangs at the splash screen.

I thought it might be a driver conflict or something but I can't even get into safemode to uninstall them.
  • It hangs booting into safemode
  • It hangs booting into system repair
  • It hangs booting from my Win 7 CD
  • And it hangs booting from my alternate back up HDD with my SSD unplugged
...

I'm at a loss here. What could be causing this?

The card itself works fine. After I pulled it back out and dumped it back in my HTPC everything checks out with it.
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tried card in different slot
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Try getting your hands on another GPU? I can't really think of anything else.
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It could just be a hardware incompatibility. I had a ATI 5470 that would work fine on one computer but lock up in another computer.
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Throw it back in the HTPC and see if that'll boot? I'm assuming you've already attempted a different slot. EDIT: Totally missed your last sentence.

Could be that the problem wasn't you graphics card(s) but rather your motherboard.
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Originally Posted by masonkian View Post
tried card in different slot
I tried both PCI-E slots but there wasn't any difference. It boots on the HTPC just fine, but doesn't work at all in my sig rig.

IDK what would cause both PCI-E slots on my mobo to go south at the same time, but if that was the case, wouldn't the card just not be detected in the first place? It still shows up at post as a GT 430.
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Double post inc!

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Originally Posted by -Apocalypse- View Post
Throw it back in the HTPC and see if that'll boot? I'm assuming you've already attempted a different slot. EDIT: Totally missed your last sentence.

Could be that the problem wasn't you graphics card(s) but rather your motherboard.
This got me thinking, the 430 is powered only by the PCI-E slot... could it be that both my PCI-E slots are underpowered? Is there a way to test for that? I've never seen a problem like this before tbh so I'm just basically throwing air balls here.

I don't have any other GPUs handy, although I might be able to grab something cheap from Microcenter tomorrow.
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Sure your mobo not dead? noticed you say cards been RMA...
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This got me thinking, the 430 is powered only by the PCI-E slot... could it be that both my PCI-E slots are underpowered? Is there a way to test for that? I've never seen a problem like this before tbh so I'm just basically throwing air balls here.

I don't have any other GPUs handy, although I might be able to grab something cheap from Microcenter tomorrow.
I've had a motherboard PCIe slot go bad before, but I couldn't even get it into bios, and it was the result of a PSU overloading from a lightning strike (took out the surge protector too). Onboard graphics booted perfectly though. /shrug Part of the reason I'm going Z68 if I end up with sandy bridge, integrated graphics backup ftw.
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post #10 of 10
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Sure your mobo not dead? noticed you say cards been RMA...
Well, it posts, and I can access the BIOS just fine.

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Originally Posted by -Apocalypse- View Post
I've had a motherboard PCIe slot go bad before, but I couldn't even get it into bios, and it was the result of a PSU overloading from a lightning strike (took out the surge protector too). Onboard graphics booted perfectly though. /shrug Part of the reason I'm going Z68 if I end up with sandy bridge, integrated graphics backup ftw.
I'm leaning towards that myself tbh. If it does turn out to be a mobo problem I'll probably pick up a Z68 next time around.

Ugh, computers...

Edit: Also, reps for the suggestions. Thanks for the quick replies guys!
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