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I have a Radeon HD 4890 that I've usedfor a while and I just sold my old rig but kept my card, when I put it in this little dell slimline's PCI Express slot it turns on and then my monitor goes to power saving mode 10 seconds afterwards and turning it off and on doesn't work however the POS Nvidia 9400 gt that I bought at staples for $11.35 to test it out with works any ideas?

Here's what I've done...
Installed most up to date drivers using integrated graphics
Hard Reset Cmos
Flashed the Bios to the newest one
Changed the video priority to pci express in the bios
Waited 30 minutes and hoped it would turn on
Called Chipp who's a personal friend and he said ask you guys ha!

Any knowledge that you could drop on me would be great!

oh the other thing it's being powered by an external corsair 750 watt powersupply since the powersupply in it 1 is nowhere near powerful enough and 2 doesn't have the pci express cables anyways. (by external I mean it's an internal powersupply sitting on my desk with a paperclip in it).
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Originally Posted by Jackbenson View Post
I have a Radeon HD 4890 that I've usedfor a while and I just sold my old rig but kept my card, when I put it in this little dell slimline's PCI Express slot it turns on and then my monitor goes to power saving mode 10 seconds afterwards and turning it off and on doesn't work however the POS Nvidia 9400 gt that I bought at staples for $11.35 to test it out with works any ideas?

Here's what I've done...
Installed most up to date drivers using integrated graphics
Hard Reset Cmos
Flashed the Bios to the newest one
Changed the video priority to pci express in the bios
Waited 30 minutes and hoped it would turn on
Called Chipp who's a personal friend and he said ask you guys ha!

Any knowledge that you could drop on me would be great!

oh the other thing it's being powered by an external corsair 750 watt powersupply since the powersupply in it 1 is nowhere near powerful enough and 2 doesn't have the pci express cables anyways. (by external I mean it's an internal powersupply sitting on my desk with a paperclip in it).
Have you tried the second DVI slot? If that doesn't work either, check that the external PSU is really providing some current on the GPU cables.
(Why don't you just replace the original PSU with that Corsair?)
If not that, then it must be a bad card..
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post #3 of 12
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I tried the other DVI port and the PSU powered the card before so there shouldn't be any issues there, it may be the card.

Also it's a slimline dell so the full sized powersupply wont fit, I did however unplug the small psu in it and powered it all externally which didn't change anything.
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It looks like your old dell uses more power overall and steal some power provided to the hd 4890. Old p4's can use up to 90w. old ide HDDs also use more amps.
    
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Were you suggesting a fix for it or saying that there's nothing I can do? I don't really understand where you were going with that.
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Sounds like the 4890's just drawing too much power. Have you checked that your power supply:

1. Has the necessary 6-pin connector(s)?
2. Is not some rinky-dink generic-ass ~400-500W unit?
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Sounds like the 4890's just drawing too much power. Have you checked that your power supply:

1. Has the necessary 6-pin connector(s)?
2. Is not some rinky-dink generic-ass ~400-500W unit?
He's using an external 750W.

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Originally Posted by Jackbenson View Post
oh the other thing it's being powered by an external corsair 750 watt powersupply since the powersupply in it 1 is nowhere near powerful enough and 2 doesn't have the pci express cables anyways. (by external I mean it's an internal powersupply sitting on my desk with a paperclip in it).
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As far as I know the paperclip trick does work to power on the fan, but when a heavy load is applied the PSU just doesn't want to power anything.

It's because of the internal clock generator, it needs load on one pin (forgot which one) in order to work properly.


That might've changed though.
   
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post #9 of 12
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Yeah it's a nice PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

I unplugged everything from the psu that's in it and powered the entire unit by the 750 watt corsair and it turns on just the same without the graphics card, however it still is doing the same thing with it, I'm getting the windows logo and actually 1 time succesfully booted into windows before the monitor went to sleep.

What's confusing me is that I know what this unit sounds like when somethings wrong, it's loud like a large truck backing up BEEP BEEP BEEEEEEp and it hasn't done that once with the card in it.

It's definitely not under powered it's the PSU that was running the rig shown under my comment overclocked to hell I might add.

Specs on the unit are intel dual core 2.8ghz 120gig ocz agility 2 ssd 6 gigs ddr2 1066 corsair 750 wattpsu
Edited by Jackbenson - 4/14/11 at 1:19pm
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post #10 of 12
do you have another computer to check to make sure the card is good.
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