Re: Slightly OT: AGP cards dies... mobo to blame?
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- Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 03:26:01 -0700
"- Bob -" <uctraing@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:45rf84dujdl8ov3jv118335dh9281od5e5@xxxxxxxxxx
This is actually a gigabyte mobo, but I think the question is general
enough to get some quality opinions here.
Gigabyte 478 mobo with ATi 1300 AGP 8x. System goes dark a couple
times over a couple days (no video). Reboot... work OK. Then it
crashes and won't start. Fiddle a bit, it boots but after a couple
tries declares "BIOS not found". Fiddle some more over a couple days
(no changes to BIOS) and it seems to have a BIOS again. Do some more
testing. No video after a few more boots. Replace AGP card with old
Dyn 128 PCI card. Video returns. Seems semi normal but card in AGP
slot is not working.
Assuming the mobo is bad, I get a P4P800 and install it. Install AGP
card. No video. Install PCI card - video. Now I figure it must have
been the card. Order a new AGP card. System works! So, video card was
So, question: What are the chances that the only problem with the
first mobo (boots with cheap PCI card) was the AGP card? I am a little
hesitant to put my new AGP card in the slot to see if it works... I'm
wondering if it blasted the AGP card and killed it. I don't want to
kill the new one.
Opinions? Is it high risk to put a good AGP card in there to test? I
have to toss the mob o, but it's value is about the same as the AGP
card, so I don't want to be foolish either.
ATI is well known for products that fail prematurely, while the same
can't be said for Gigabyte. If it were me I'd assume the mobo is fine.
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