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Alright, so, a friend of mine doesn't have the ability to build a new PC and have it be worth it, so he's stuck using a family computer, bought from Acer. They got an Aspire x1301 a few years ago, and it's out of warranty now. He likes to play light games, i.e. CS:S and CoD4, so I gave him an old case, PSU and a GT 430 to use until he gets the rest of the money for his build.

Now the problem is with the motherboard, the PCI slot won't display anything from the cards we've put in there. The fans on the cards spin up, but nothing is displayed. When we connect the dvi cable to the cards, the monitor stops reading 'no signal' and looks inactive, this doesn't change when the PC is turned on.

I've set the BIOS to read from the PCI slot first, and not the onboard, but nothing changed. We've re-seated the cards a few times, and nothing has changed. I tried uninstalling and removing all current driver software and the same thing happened. After checking Acer's site we weren't able to find any information on this problem specifically, so I downloaded and installed all of their available drivers, and flashed and updated the BIOS.

Specs:
CPU - Athlon x2 215 @ 2.7 GHz
Motherboard - Acer WMCP78M - Chipset: nForce 720a

Any suggestions? It may just be a problem with the slot, but I just want to be sure before I tell him he's gonna have to deal with 20-40 frames in CS:S.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask, thanks in advance.
post #2 of 16
When you installed your card have you re-setting the cmos?
post #3 of 16
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When you installed your card have you re-setting the cmos?
Yes, I did reset the battery.
post #4 of 16
Can you test the graphics card in your computer to make sure it runs.

also what wattage is the psu?

Im guessing its 250w?
post #5 of 16
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Can you test the graphics card in your computer to make sure it runs.

also what wattage is the psu?

Im guessing its 250w?
Yeah I've tested the GT 430 in mine, it works, we've also tested a 6600 so it's definitely not the card.

And the stock was 250w, I gave him a 450w.
post #6 of 16
good, was worried it was on the 250w, (we all know it wouldn't of worked on that )

I assume there is no beep codes or anything?

trying to think of the last time I had this problem of how it got fixed, driving me mad cant think of what it was
post #7 of 16
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Nope, all the beeps are the same with the card in as they are when it's taken out.
post #8 of 16
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Bump.
post #9 of 16
It almost always turns out to be the simplest thing.

ummmmmmm,....... did you clean out the pci slot? It might be full of dust
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post #10 of 16
Disable the old Video drivers from the on board video or the old card.
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