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I received a new video card in the mail tonight from Newegg, a Sapphire HD6870 and it will not boot when in my system. My current card is a GTX 260.

Foxconn A79A-S
8 GB OCZ Platinum PC1066 memory
800W ABS PSU
Sapphire HD6870, both PCIE power plugs connected, dedicated rails from PSU

When booting on my system, I get two quick post beeps followed by eight spaced out beeps (display memory error). The error code on the mobo shows 2E, which according to the following link is when it initializes output devices. The system will respond to a Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart, but that is all.
http://www.ami.com/support/doc/AMIBI...e_List_PUB.pdf

At this point I would normally assume the issue is with the card, but I'm building a computer for my girlfriend and the card works in that computer just fine. She will be getting the GTX260 once I get this one working, but I'm at a loss.

So far I've done all the steps in this thread on Tom's Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26...video-problems

Past that, the following have been done:

1. Tried every configuration I could in the BIOS after swapping out to the old video card to see what I was looking at, powering down, then putting in the new card to try again.
2. Cleared CMOS
3. Tried two other PCI-E slots on mobo. Still get the 8 beeps.
4. Disabled quickboot in BIOS so it will run all tests, same result.

One theory I had was that the video card is going from 896 MB of memory to 1 GB. Short of that though, I am out of ideas. Can anybody think of anything I might have missed? Sorry if I didn't include enough info at first.
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Did you uninstall the nvidia drivers before putting in the ati card?

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The drivers shouldn't matter as it doesn't go past the BIOS. If it started to boot into Windows and had issues I'd agree with that suggestion. The black screen I get was a bit lacking in description. It's not a black screen like the monitor is receiving a signal and nothing shows up on screen, but a blank screen where the monitor doesn't even detect a signal.
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PSU running out of steam. I don't know of the quality of the ABS PSU's.
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That's a line of reasoning I'll have to explore after work tonight... It does seem a bit odd though, the PSU in her computer is a 550W and it will start fine. I'd assume it would at least have enough power to post though.
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