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Ever since day one, I haven't been able to use my video card in the first PCI-E slot...the screen just shows black when it's in there. That limits me to putting the video card in, you guessed it, the second PCI-E slot. I ran the board normal for a while (not in SLI mode) and noticed the performance wasn't really what it should be, and found out when the card is in the second slot and the board isn't in SLI, it only runs at 2x.

So now I have my card in the second slot, running in SLI which bumps it up to 8x. Does anyone know why I wouldn't be able to have the board in the normal mode and be able to have my card in the first PCIE slot (which would allow for 16x)?
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when you say you ran the board normal (not in sli mode) what does that mean? does that mean you put the graphics card in the first slot and put it on sli mode?
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DanC, I'm a little confused.

Are you running one or two video cards? You said, "So now I have my card in the second slot, running in SLI which bumps it up to 8x." I was under the impression that you only have one video card, though.
    
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Yeah thats confusing, is it one card or two?
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Ever since day one, I haven't been able to use my video card in the first PCI-E slot...the screen just shows black when it's in there. That limits me to putting the video card in, you guessed it, the second PCI-E slot. I ran the board normal for a while (not in SLI mode) and noticed the performance wasn't really what it should be, and found out when the card is in the second slot and the board isn't in SLI, it only runs at 2x.

So now I have my card in the second slot, running in SLI which bumps it up to 8x. Does anyone know why I wouldn't be able to have the board in the normal mode and be able to have my card in the first PCIE slot (which would allow for 16x)?
Danc, make sure when running a single video card that you have the jumpers in between PCIE1 and PCIE4 set to "Single VGA Mode". The instructions for setting this up are located in your manual and begin on page 68. If you do not have the manual you can pick it up by going here.

Verify this and let us know

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post #6 of 11
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Ok I'll try to clear this up a little. The jumpers on my board are set to the "SLI" position, but I only have one card.

@thlnk3r, the problem with that is when my jumpers are set to "Single VGA Mode" and the card is in the PCIE1 slot, I get no display. I only get a picture if the card is in the second PCIE slot, and because the card only runs 2x in the second PCIE slot, I have the jumpers set to teh SLI position (which puts both slots at 8x). I only have one card though.
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post #7 of 11
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Ok I'll try to clear this up a little. The jumpers on my board are set to the "SLI" position, but I only have one card.

@thlnk3r, the problem with that is when my jumpers are set to "Single VGA Mode" and the card is in the PCIE1 slot, I get no display. I only get a picture if the card is in the second PCIE slot, and because the card only runs 2x in the second PCIE slot, I have the jumpers set to teh SLI position (which puts both slots at 8x). I only have one card though.
Danc, have you tried testing with a different PCI-E video card in PCIE1 with the jumpers set at "Single VGA Mode"?

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post #8 of 11
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Hmm, I would have never thought that could be it, but I have an RMA set up for my video card right now, so I guess I can test the new one in the first slot once it comes (should be 2-3 weeks).
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post #9 of 11
Have you considered that the motherboard may just be faulty?
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Ya that's definitly a bad board, at best a BIOS update would fix that, but I really doubt it, should have RMAed that board long ago!
    
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