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I bought this used to upgrade from an EVGA GTX 570SC. After I installed it and powered on, there was no display. There is no signal at all getting to my monitor from either of the DVI ports. Additionally, it made my system act "wonky". Crashed Windows, said my OC failed, asked what OS I wanted to boot... Weird stuff. I'm beginning to suspect that the BIOS of the card has been monkeyed with and has crashed the card. If the card is not fried I'd really like to try to get it to work. Any ideas? BTW, after installing my 570 back in, everything is working fine. I'm typing this on my rig right now. Thanks.
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Have you plug-in 2x8power pin from PSU to MSI GTX580 Lightning Extreme? Try with different PSU perhaps?
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All power connectors are plugged in. I don't have another PSU lying around, but I'd be SHOCKED if that was the problem.
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post #4 of 30
Another easy way to check your GTX580 LE is install it on your friend's rig and see how it goes. Maybe you got a defect card, this is NEW card right? still warranty, RMA is the best choice I guess.
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NOT new. Purchase it from eBay as a good used card for a very nice price. I could put it in another rig; I have three. I could also take it to my "go to" computer repair place to see if they can find what's wrong with it.
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Oh it's a used card... same like mine smile.gif OK if you want to make sure what the problem is then I guess you should bring it to computer repair place and see how it goes. I hope it was only a BIOS problem and not hardware problem. Goodluck mate wink.gif

Btw if you wanna to flash it on your own you have to use SLI set up first and put your normal card in first PCIE slot then put your trouble card in second slot then do Nvidia flashing card through cmd prompt, I don't know exactly how it goes because I never had SLI set up (I can't afford 2 cards biggrin.gif ).

But before do that please use second BIOS in your GTX580 lightning extreme card, it's easy right? You just have to slide mini switch on side of the card and see if it works or not, because if it works then you have a chance to flash other BIOS that has trouble from LN2 BIOS switch smile.gif
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I have only one Lightning Xtreme. Switch? On the side? Don't see any such thing... Oh well; I got an RMA # from MSi, so it looks like I'll be able to return it and get a replacement.
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Look at here mate : BIOS switch on GTX580 Lightning smile.gif
Can you see it?
Btw perhaps your card got a defect ones so MSI replace it with a new ones, problem solved then thumb.gif
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Wow. The BIOS "switch" looks unswitchable, and I think I found the problem. The little metal "thing" over the BIOS "switches" that has the letters "D I P" on it is broken off. What now? I happened to find that little "thing" in the packaging, but what to do now? The seller has been unresponsive.
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post #10 of 30
If this switch is broken off then your card isn't trying to boot into either the orignal or the LN2 BIOS so what you would want to do is manually bridge the two pins on the side that says original and the middle one. Of course do that at your own risk, but that's what I'd be trying. That or contacting whoever handled the shipment of the card and claiming that it was damaged in shipment or unless it was broken before it was even shipped, did you see pictures of the card before you bought it?
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