Computer Support Forum

Replaced PCI sound card and now PC wont boot

Question: Replaced PCI sound card and now PC wont boot

My PC has 5 PCI slots, all full. When I replace the old sound card with a new one the computer will no longer boot. It turns on but the screen never even comes on to show bios loading or anything. If I remove any one of the PCI cards (except for video obviosly) the computer runs fine even with the new sound card. I need all 5 cards (video, wireless ethernet, USB, ATA133 IDE, and sound) so I don't know what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Relevance 100%
Preferred Solution: Replaced PCI sound card and now PC wont boot

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Replaced PCI sound card and now PC wont boot

[highlight]When I replace the old sound card with a new one the computer will no longer boot.[/highlight]But, will it boot with the old sound cardusing all 5 slots?

7 more replies
Relevance 66.83%

Hello,  I recently brought back to life my old t40 2373-75U by switching out the motherboard (it would no longer charge batteries) with a used R51 1830 motherboard (which I believe was a recommended upgrade by someone on this site).   Anyways, long story short - I have the gently used motherboard now installed and the machine is up and running with my old T40 hard drive.  I also have XP-SP3 installed on it, and just had to make a few minor driver updates...everything seems to be working great, EXCEPT I have no sound. I have tried everything I can think of:   Software:-un-installing and re-installing the audio driver several times-installing the 2004 version of the hotkey driver (the 2013 version did not work with my system) because the Access IBM and volume buttons were not working and I though... Read more

Answer:T40 sound not working after motherboard replaced....bad sound card?

Hi fellow Thinkpadder. The fastest way to check if your soundchip is faulty is to run the machine with a Linux live CD/USB. If you got any of those at hand, I suggest you boot it up with one of those and check if that gives you any sound. For Windows XP however, try this. Download Thinkvantage System Update from Lenovo and install it. System Update (XP/Vista) Remove all your audio drivers through Add/Remove Programs, and uninstall your audio device from Device Manager. Reboot your machine and when Windows notifies you that it found new hardware, click on Cancel. Run the System Update utility, it will detect the model number of your motherboard, and get the appropriate audio drivers plus anything else you might be missing. Also, here is the latest version of the Hotkey Features Inttegration that your machine supports.Thinkpad Hotkey Features Integration

5 more replies
Relevance 65.6%

Hi im kind of new to computer parts, so i thought as long as a ram stick fits in the slot it would work. i got Corsair Vengeance 16GB ram and put it in my asus m4n68t-m series mother board and i dont think it is compatible because when i turn my computer on all the fans and lights turn on but my monitor is black. i put my old ram back in but the screen is still black. please help

Answer:Replaced ram now computer wont boot up.

6 more replies
Relevance 65.6%

Hello, earlier today I took out my RAM on my PC and I put it in backwards by mistake and might have messed it up, now whenever I boot my PC it says "windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt." I tried the"repair your computer" function by booting the Vista Installation CD and it says loading windows files but then I get "the selected enry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt." oxc0000001. And it wont let me choose the language and repair your computer. Is this because the RAM is messed up now or is it something else? Thanks for everyones help!

PC Specs

Dell Dimension E5210
512 MB
Windows Vista Home x32

Answer:Replaced Memory and wont boot now

I had a similar message the other day after a failed Overclock. The good news is that your registry is fine and you most likely won't need to repair your installation. (In my case I lowered the OC and then Windows started fine.)

I don't know how you managed to put the RAM in backwards Did you use a lot force?

Remove the RAM, check for damage on the gold connectors and then re-seat your RAM again and make sure that it's in properly. After re-seating, check in BIOS to see if it's being reported correctly. Unless you've damaged something, Windows should load fine.

Good luck

2 more replies
Relevance 64.78%

Audio ran fine before SP1.

Here's the system:

Asus Formula Maximus
Intel Q6600
Onboard sound (SupremeFXII)--don't know chipset
Post-SP1 uninstalled audio driver and installed Creative SB X-FI Xtreme Audio

Had Vista64 running just fine with audio. Installed SP1 and now the volume mixer shows "No audio device is installed". Device manager shows the onboard audio card working just fine.

At Microsoft's suggestion, removed/uninstalled the onbard audio (including turning off in BIOS), rebooted and then installed a new card, Creative SB X-FI Xtreme Audio (it's PCI-e).

The Device manager shows the driver and device working fine. The volume mixer shows "No audio device is installed".

I've attempted a system rollback, but the SP1 install is no longer available.

Short of reinstalling Vista, any ideas?

I've looked at several other threads (and elsewhere on the internet), but most of them really don't offer much beyond "reinstall the driver". Been there... done that.

Thanks much in advance.


Answer:No sound after SP1, replaced audio card

After much research and fruitless driver replacement, I decided to bite the bullet and reinstall Vista.

A day and a half later, I'm back and running.

I've learned my lesson: make sure all your drivers are up to date and running properly before applying SP1.

Good luck to anyone else in this situation.


1 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

I have replaced the hard drive on an old computer after it failed with a working hard drive & it is will not boot after the bios & memory check into windows either from the replacement drive or windows vista CD even after changing the boot order to CD first in the bios.
The computer is recognising the new drive in boot up.
But it's stuck in a loop that just brings it back to:
"Windows cannot start due to a computer hardware configeration problem"
Looks like I need some software to auto clear the disk so I can do a fresh windows install as I have no keyboard access after the bios check completes although I can change the bios with a keyboard ?
Any suggestions as to how to fix ?

Answer:PC wont boot after hard drive failed & was replaced

This should read as an XP system not Vista - thanks

10 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

Elvandil was assisting me with my Acer 5100 computer. We had tried to install XP on a the computer that had a busted cd-drom drive. I have replaced the cd-rom drive and it appears in my BIOS, but it still will not boot from cd (even though i have the order in bios set to read the cd-rom first) just goes right to the "windows cannot find such and such folder to repair insert cd and press r". The cd-rom drive spins like its going to go, but it does not load. What can I do to get the cd-rom drive to read the cd instead of going to the windows error first? SHould i use the hitachi drive fitness test to wipe the drive then reinstall windows?

Answer:Solved: Cd-rom drive replaced, still wont boot windows

12 more replies
Relevance 64.37%

i changed the thermal paste in my acer laptop and now im getting the blue screen and then restarts all the time can any1 help me plz
its an acer extensa 5620z its a duel core running window xp 3gb ram and a 120 hdd

plz can some one help me plz plz plz

More replies
Relevance 63.96%

Howdedoo folksRunning Windows 98SE. Reformatted hard drive and everything loaded up OK except for the sound drivers which I couldn't find. Installed a sound card and have all audio etc except the sound when I use the dial-up connection (i.e. no dialling tone or connecting sounds etc) What have I missed?Thanks in anticipation.marksdad.

Answer:Replaced on board sound with new Hercules card

The sound Drivers are on the Motherboard CD, It may be a SIS chipset ac97

6 more replies
Relevance 63.55%

I have an emachines T2842 whose motherboard apparently died because the computer doesnt start up (no fans or anything) when pressing the power button. Even tried a couple of others PSUs but they didn't work either.

So I had a spare couple of emachines laying around.

A T1140 and a T2862

I took the 2842's hard drive and hooked it to other two motherboards and on both of them it will get past the POST and reboot right before the XP logo would normally come up.

Actually on the 2862 a blue screen flashes for just a brief moment but I'm not able to read it before it reboots.

I even tried a reformat with the 2842's restore disc and it still does the same thing...

Is the emachines install tied only to that motherboard that is now dead? What do you suggest? I'm trying to do this for someone and they want it done as cheaply as possible.


Answer:Solved: Replaced emachines motherboard. XP wont boot or install

The drivers installed on that hard drive as part of the Windows installation would most certainly be for the motherboard on that 2842. While you can successfully boot Windows with drivers missing or incorrect (e.g., for a wireless adapter), I think that the motherboard includes some critical components--no drivers, no boot. I think that you will need to install (with or without a format) from a Windows CD. I do not know what that restore disc is, so can't comment directly on it.

2 more replies
Relevance 63.55%

my newly installed MS I Nvidia GeForce GT 710 video card replaced all of my sound drivers with its own. This caused my other devices not to even show up on the list. Furthermore all my sound has been diverted to my HD TVs speakers so that now my TV has to be on in order to hear any PCs sound. Does anybody know how to recover my PC sound through my computer?

Answer:MSI Nvidia Geforce GT 710 video card replaced all sound

Hi danni1of2

When you say list, do you mean the list of playback devices or do you mean the device manager?

I would also check all settings in nVida for sound option, particularly the GeForce Experience. (I don't have a nVida card).

In reading google there appears to be a setting where you can enable or disable HDMI sound.

2 more replies
Relevance 62.73%

so i replaced the hard drive in this system because it went out. im trying to boot it with a disk version of linux i have and it wont go past what it shows in the picture. it has 2 optical drives so that might be a part of it. it is an old dell computer, somewhere from 1996

what it says when i boot it. it just sits there saying that. no way of selecting a drive or anything.
Starting PC DOS...
ATAPI IDE CD-ROM device driver version v 1.45 (04/22/1996)
Copyright (c) MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO.,LTD. 1994,1995,1996
2 Drive(s) detected
Unit 0, MASTER, IRQ 15, I/0 address 0x0170
Unit 1, SLAVE , IRQ 15, I/0 address 0x0170

Answer:replaced hard drive, system wont boot because 2 drives destected

it wont go past what it shows in the pictureClick to expand...

There is no picture.

You are going to have to set the bios to boot from the cd as the first boot device. Since this is so old, it is not going to run a modern linux distro. There are linux distros that are made for old computers; one that comes to mind is lubuntu. At 20yrs old, it is doubtful if it will even run lubuntu.
Some very old computers do not have an ide type cd drive; the drive is connected to the sound card. That type of drive may not boot linux. Open the case and see if you have this type of optical drive.

3 more replies
Relevance 53.71%

i have onboard sound which dosnt work - dont know why, so i tried using a pci slot one and when i turn on my pc i got - install new hardware and it says it cant find and matching settings it worked fine on my old pc.

Answer:sound card wont work

Is onboard sound enabled by jumper or dip switch panel? What Mobo?

2 more replies
Relevance 53.71%

I'm having a sound card issue. It's a SB Audigy SB1394 (Clicky). Anyway, I installed it, installed the latest drivers, made sure it was snug the slot etc... My PC even recognized it in the sound settings... but there is no sound, no volume, no noise.... no nothing. I have all the speaker cables plugged in correctly (I mean that part is pretty idiot proof since its color coded ) But still, I have no sound. My sound only works using my on board MoBo sound jacks.

I want to use this sound card because I have surround sound speakers with 5.1 HD surround sound. The MoBo limits me to 2 speakers. What seems to be the issue and how can I correct it? Thank you.

p.s. Do the little ports which appear to connect to the DVD-ROM have anything to do with this. I do not see anything which attaches to the board itself (Clicky)

Answer:Sound card wont detect

Did you plug in the cables snugly? I know my Xtreme Music card, the plugs were quite snug.

Did you set the Creative card as the default sound output in Windows 7 sound settings in the Playback devices?

7 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

I just bought the Sound Blaster live X-Fi and installed it and when loading windows it loads forever, in safe mode same thing, it always stops at Mup.sys.. Iv tried disabling the onboard sound Drivers, " RealTek" which i previously used but that didnt help. When I remove the sound card everything works good, I also tried to install the drivers first then plugging it into the PCI but no help either, The light on the card comes n and everything but windows wont load at all ! I bought this sound card to play BIOSHOCK with and windows wont load with it connected, im stuck at the splash screen.. I plug the card into another PC and it works fine !

( XxMorpheusxX)suggested and also Im begginig to belive its an IRQ thats out of whac because i formated the PC and all the previous sound drivers and registry entries were erased. I know how to troubleshoot a good bit of general PC attributes but not mch about IRQs.

I have an Athlon 64 3500 , Asus socket 939 motherboard. ATI Radeon 1900 and some Western Digital HDs that all seem to work fine. I dont know why windows will not load when i plug in this sound card. Its Very Distressing, If anyone has had a similar situation or any advice Please Help and Thanks alot in advance =)

More replies
Relevance 53.3%

I have installed a new sound card and now the PC will not reboot except in safe mode.
I have tried removing the card and also tried disabling it but still same problem.
Any ideas on how to fix this without having to reformat the PC.

Answer:Instaled sound card - now wont reboot

When in Safe Mode have you tried uninstalling the drivers for the new sound card? You can also try a System Restore while in Safe Mode to when the computer did work right.

Before installing the new cards I would recommend you uninstall the current sound drivers and disable the sound in the BIOS as I assume your computer would have integrated audio. You may also wish to try another PCI slot next time you try to install it.

1 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

i am trying to fix my grandmothers computer its runing windows xp home ed and wont find its in built sound card or one i plug in its realy making me mad what sould i do plz help

Answer:my comptuer wont find its sound card

Processor, RAM, is Windows XP the original OS? What do you mean when you say it will not see sound card? You mean it does not play or automatically install?

Do you have the correct driver for XP? Are you in administrator mode to try to install driver?

Edit: If the problem computer is online. Maybe try to go to the M$ Windows update site and see if the site suggests a driver.

1 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

I have installed an atlas disc that is xp compatible and it gives me this error message-----The sound software is not installed properly or has been disabled.  For more information see the README file installed with this program. This title will now terminate. ---I cannot open the readme file either.     I am running xp service pack 2.have 512mb. all audio cds work and I get sound with everything else. all help appreciated. thanks

Answer:disc wont work needs sound card??

No need to double post.  Since you've already received a reply to your other post, at,34206.0.html, I suggest further replies be posted there.  Double posting a topic makes following a topic more difficult for forum visiters.

3 more replies
Relevance 53.3%

Hey guys,

after searching for an hour or so and not finidng solution i thought i best post, ive just got my new computer running windows 7 and for some reason it wont detect my sound card?

ive tried installing various drivers from the guides off here etc but they all say the same thing

"setup is unable to detect a supported product on your system "

the card is a sound blaster audigy sb1394

this is a print screen of my device manager

thanks !

Answer:windows 7 wont detect my sound card

danneth, welcome to the forums.

First thing that comes to mind is have you installed any motherboard/chipset drivers? Windows 7 has a fairly good inventory of drivers, but depending on the age of the hardware it may be not much more than enough to provide basic functionality, and take actual drivers from the hardware manufacturer to get full function out of it.

9 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

Very tricky problem. I have an old Steinberg MI-4, a recording interface that I use with Sonar to produce music. I have is working great with Sonar, but I can't get Windows to use it as a sound card for internet, itunes, etc.

I am using a verified Windows Vista 32-Bit installation. The MI-4 has a installer wizard for Vista that can be downloaded from Steinberg's website. Therefore the driver is a part of the installer wizard, and not it's own file, which rules out manual installation.

The MI-4 has 2 separate drivers and is recognized as 2 separate devices. It has it's USB driver, and it's Audio driver.

The Audio driver is what will not install. When I try an automatic search windows says it found a driver, but "the computer can't find the file specified."

Strangely enough, there is a driver IN MY SYSTEM 32 driver folder named MI4Audio.sys, but when I tell it to search in that folder it finds nothing. I am at wit's end.

So, to me it seems that the driver was installed on the computer, but not registered. So is there a way to run regedit and sign the driver accordingly? Or should I just keep 2 sets of speakers on my desk?

Thanks ahead of time.


Answer:[SOLVED] Why wont my computer install my sound card?

Hi -

Vista x86 has no driver signing requirements. Only x64 mandates it.

How old is this driver - from what year?



10 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

I have tried everything i can think of, checked dells website installed the vista 64 drivers etc, no luck My card model number is SB0467, I cant even find my card listed on the creative webpage. I am thinking that maybe my card is just not supported I dont know, if i can fix this great been dealing with it for about 3 weeks now, Any tips to fix it would be great, having to use a head set atm all i got as of right now.

Answer:Creative sound card wont work since installing 7

This page claims to have suitable drivers, but you need to subscribe. (Free)

3 more replies
Relevance 52.48%


I recently installed a 44VSL Audiobox from PreSonus. I'm running Windows 8, with an ASRock 970 Extreme3 motherboard that has Conexant HD audio. When I have both audio devices plugged in, the computer won't boot up. The machine powers on, but it gets stuck with a dark screen. If I unplug the AudioBox, the computer will then boot up. Can anyone help me be able to use them both without having to do this? Thanks!

Answer:PreSonus sound card causing boot delay/no boot

I have a recording studio (Sonar X3 and a Roland Studio-Capture).

Can you tell where its stopping? e.g. is it loading the BIOS, after the BIOS loads and then Windows starts?

It may have something to do with the power on the USB port?? If you are plugged into a front USB port, try a rear port. Or vice versa. This has a separate power supply, but can it also be bus powered from the USB? If so, that could be the problem.

I haven't seen any reports of this type of problem on recording forums.

1 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

The other day I updated my laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 17R running Windows 7 home premium, when I updated the computer booted ok took longer than usual, I restarted the laptop but this time it wouldn't boot up, it came up with a black screen saying repair windows(recommended) or start windows normally, I clicked repair windows it said searching for problems, attempting repairs this took about an hour and a half but unfortunately did not resolve the issue I sent the error report to windows, I restarted the laptop again,  attempted booting it in safe mode no luck and the same other various options I can try but no luck they all just crashed the laptop and began restarting it,  tried repairing it again and this time it took my to a screen with various options like load backup open cmd and format my hard drive, loading the backup did nothing and  wasn't sure what to do with cmd so decided to part ways with my stuff and format the hard drive, I did this and the laptop was formatted but the OS was still on the hard drive and it was like the first time I opened it all of my personal things were gone but win 7 home premium was still there, I set it back up again installed AVG anti virus etc downloaded a few movies ran fine the next day it said windows updates need installing so, I  did , 145 updates were made  turned my laptop back on and again it was booting up and crashing followed the steps I mentioned before noting was working after messing around wit... Read more

Answer:Computer wont boot, wont boot in safe mode, wont load repair centre

Hello there,
It seems like you did not perform a clean installation of Windows and that's why your system is acting up. 
Follow the steps below to install a new copy of Windows:
1. To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation you will need to start or boot your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive. Insert your Windows 7 disc in your CD/DVD drive. Please note: will need to restart or turn on your system with the disc in the drive. 
2. After turning on your system with the CD in the drive go ahead and press any key when prompted during your computer post routine and then follow the instructions presented on screen. If you don’t see this go back to step 1 to setup your BIOS to boot from CD or USB flash drive depending on your installation media.
3. On the Install Windows page simply enter your preferences and click next.
4. Accept the Windows license agreement.
5. On the “Which type of installation do you want” page go ahead and choose the “Custom” option.
6. Select Drive options (advanced) on the “Where do you want to install Windows” page.
7.  Select the partition that you want to change, choose the formatting option you want to perform and then follow the instructions.
When allocating space choosing the default MB size for your drive is typically the best for most users since you want to take full advantage of all your disk... Read more

6 more replies
Relevance 52.48%

my pc wont boot up ,it powers on ,has a clicking sound ,nothing loads up .im on another computer right now

Answer:pc wont boot up it has a clicking sound

Usually means the hard disk has failed.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

2 more replies
Relevance 52.07%

My monitor goes black and I am forced to reboot. After rebooting I get a blue screen prompt telling me that i've recovered from a BSOD. I've been monitoring them since October.

In October, I RMA'd my graphics card. Oct 27. You can see that after I got a new GPU, my BSOD's halted... so obviously its the GPU right? if you look at my BSOD dumps the last one is OCT 27, new gpu, and i don't get one until Feb 7.

So on Feb 7 I call up eVGA again and say, ok so my GPU is bad again and I wonder if its something im doing to kill them.

So I am going to get a second RMA and the tech tells me that they received my first card and they ran it for over a hour in a diagnostic app and didn't have a single problem... aka my card was fine...

so i explain my BSOD issues and the tech tells me that it may be a voltage issue and that it may be my power supply... soooooooooo

I goto Tiger Direct down the street and buy a "whatever i can get" thats over 1000 watts supply because I have a 850 watt PSU and obviously its not enough power so i go big... and guess what... My last BSOD dump before the PSU is 3/18 March 18. So new PSU and I don't get a single BSOD until 6/14/2014.

So I have attached "All" of my dumps and all my info with the issues.

My problem is... if its "not" my GPU, why did getting a new one give me no BSOD for 3 months.

my problem is... if its "not" my PSU why did getting a new one march 18 let my PC run ti... Read more

Answer:BSOD 0x116 (stop error) Replaced GPU, replaced RAM, replaced PSU

Hi Zuriel.

I read your OP. I would suggest you to have an open mind; and dont decide that it is not it. Because during troubleshooting you have to get everything tested.

The BSOD is a stop 0x116. That is an error from the part of the display environment. That means ....
The GPU itself
The display driver
The system temps and dust allocation inside the computer
The hardware parts like GPU fans
Overclocking failure
And etc. I would suggest you to go through a thorough troubleshooting, whatever may be the idea you may have about those.

Are you overclocking? As you are getting BSODs, you should stop overclocking and run all the hardware components like CPU, GPU and RAM to their default settings.

Check if the Power Supply Unit (PSU, 850 watts you said) supplying adequate power to the computer or not.
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5

Is the computer hot? Report us the heat of the computer after a couple of hours of your normal usage. Upload a screenshot of the summery tab of Speccy. Alternatively, you can publish a Speccy snapshot too: Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs .

Stress test the Graphics Card using Furmark.
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Install the NVIDIA DRIVERS 314.22WHQL only, at least as a test. Because it never fails on itself.
Uninstall All nvidia items in Control Panel > Programs and features3D Vision Control Driver
3D Vision Driver
Graphics Driver
HD Audio Driver
nvidia Update
(Are you using nvidia chipset dr... Read more

3 more replies
Relevance 52.07%

I have E-MU 1212M sound card, Windows 7 and I can't fix this problem which I haven't had before. I reinstalled the Windows 7 and now I can't move my Volume Control and affect my sound card volume. My sound card volume wont move until I move it.
It's like my volume mixer is pre-effected,before my sound card.

any help will be appreciated, Thank you

Answer:Volume Control wont move sound card slider

Quote: Originally Posted by samsung3D

My sound card volume wont move until I move it.

Did it before? The Windows volume control doesn't affect any of my players volumes, so if I have Winamp open for example, adjusting the volume with the Windows mixer control doesn't move the Winamp slider, nor does it move the WMP slider, which is why I leave Windows volume at full, and adjust the volume from within what ever program I'm using to watch a film or play music.

5 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

I have windows vista HP 64bit currently and for some reason I cant get sound to come out of the speakers I use. My sound card is Sound Blaster Audigy and vista has no issues detecting it. I have been to the creative website and DL'ed drivers but when I come to install it, I get the error 'product can not be found'.

I then DL'ed other drivers which did install and when I go to sound (control panel) I can see the card there but no sound will come out of the speakers.I also have a MS life chat LX-3000 headset which comes with its own sound card I think and I can hear everything out of that but I dont want to be attached to a headset so I can hear my PC.

Any help will be appreciated

edit: solved the issue myself so can some1 delete this post

Answer:Vista HP 64 detects sound card but wont play thro speakers

If you come back can you post the solution so that other may benefit from your fix.


1 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

I have a toshiba Satellite P200-1JV and I'm using spotify (music player)
Some music is coming up as a sound card fault and will not play. Some play and it's a wee bit distorted.

Are there any sound card updates/drivers I should be downloading?

Sorry for being thick. And thanks for any reply's


Answer:Satellite P200-1JV Some music is coming up as a sound card wont play

Try resetting the Equalizer and other sound enhancements in the Music Player.

Also try updating the Sound Driver and BIOS from the Toshiba website.

2 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

I've been using a used PCI Sound Blaster for about a week and found that it was slowing down my system and providing same sound quality as the on-board sound(C-Media AC 97). I have added the Sound Blaster after i formatted the computer. I uninstall Creative tech from add/remove programs, removed sound blaster from device manager and removed creative registry folder. When i removed all sound blaster drivers the sound was still working. I turned off the computer then i removed the sound card. I went to my motherboard page and got the sound drivers on their website and it is the correct drivers cause i used it before. I rebooted and the on-board sound drivers show up in device manager and it says its working properly. I have done the following:

1. I tried all three sound ports with three different devices and none of them produced sound.
2. I loaded a system restore point to when my sound was working and it didn't work still.
3.Windows Audio services is started automatically.
4. My on-board sound card is listed in sound and devices properties.
5. Volume is turned on max and nothing is muted.
6. My on-board sound card is the only playback device listed.
7. I showed all hidden devices in device manager and there is no yellow or red mark in sound, video and game controllers.
8. On-Board sound card is enabled in bios.
9. I have the latest Directx although i installed it when i had the Sound Blaster.
10. I reinstalled the C-Media drivers several times.

I think this proble... Read more

More replies
Relevance 51.66%

Hi all,

I have an issue with my current setup and was hoping someone on here could help.

I have:

Windows XP Home SP2
AMD 3700+
1gig DDR400 dual channel ram
300gig maxtor hd
LG DVD/CD writer
7600GT x2 (both EVGA brand)
500w Noisetaker power supply

I was previously running just one 7600GT card on my system. I know that there had been an issue with my mobo as the USB ports never worked (not one out of 6). This was confirmed when I tried to add a second 7600GT card (same brand) and it was not detected (bad PCI-E slot as well).

I had Asus send me a replacement mobo which I swapped out yesterday. Keep in mind that the second 7600GT had never been detected by my system previously. When I rebooted the system with the new mobo, I had the new video card installed (hoping it would auto detect and all would be well).

Windows started and indeed I could see the new card autodetected (as well as the USB ports, etc). Now I had been running nvidia ntune with my previous one card setup and had forgotten to disable it. It seemed as if windows would start and about 1 minute in, just about when ntune would load my "best system" profile, it would cause BSOD with "Machine_Check_Exception" error. Im not sure 100% that this was due to ntune loading or something else (lets assume that the mobo is in good working order, as it was just tested by Asus).

Unfortunately I was unable to boot in safe mode to change ntune to be off. After maybe half a doz... Read more

Answer:Installed 2nd vid card, XP wont boot, help please!

Yeah, you need to get the boot.ini sorted out. If it is corrupted you are never going to boot up. I would go with the repair install, then boot into safe mode to turn off ntune and disable the other video card.

17 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

Just bought a zotac geforce gt220
My computer turns on my screen lights up i see the startup screen that gives me the setup option and so on, BUT thats all i get wont go past that. how do i fix that i can get back on my old vid card fine but my new one wont let me on...?

Answer:New Vid card-My Computer wont boot

It is possible that your PSU can not suppor your new video card.

1 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

Ty all in advance once again for your help.

Here's whats going on:

Just purchased a new SAPPHIRE 100228L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card.

I uninstalled old Drivers, Powered off the computer, pulled the power cord. Installed the new graphics card, booted the computer. Nothing. After several hours of a friends help who has a degree in CIS still nothing. He left, then randomly after one last attempt to boot it, I loaded one moniter through a vga conection. (we had tried this several times).

So now, about one in every 5 boots will load the bios and move on to allow me to log into windows.

I attempted on the first boot to install the Driver for this particular card ( from ATI.

all apeared to be going well until after it asked me to reboot at the end of the instilation. I did, but no boot again.
I rebooted, and rebooted, and after a few attempts was able to log in. Apon logging in windows detected a error and closed the Catalyst softwear and to this point I am unable to login.
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 Graphics Card was my old graphics card, it still works when I swap it back.
Power supply is Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply

Im tired, been fighting with this for two days and dont know what to do. Currently Im backing up my computer and considering reformatting and trying again to see if I have better luck.

Im wondering if a: I might not have e... Read more

Answer:PC Usually wont boot with New Graphics card

6 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

Hello all,
I have a problem with my desktop PC, it started by taking 1 or 2 attempts at turning it on to get a bios beep and the PC to boot. Once booted however the PC was fine and stable.
But the other day it just wouldnt boot, I got no bios beeps and no video output. I dismantled it and put it back together and now I have found that the pc will boot with no GFX card installed but wont with one. I have tried 2 different GFX cards and get the same problem.
Does anyone know what this could be? Could it be the PSU?
Any help is appreciated, thanks a lot!

Answer:PC wont boot with GFX card installed

Oh just to add this PC was running and working fine for a good 3 years before this happened. Its not a new build.

10 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

own an HP pavilion hpe h8-1114PC and I recently installed a new 750 ti SC and it will not boot. When I attempt to boot,1. Everything turns on and spins2. Takes me to a screen that says "Press ESC to start" with HP logo, (pressing esc does nothing)3. Beeps once every 30 seconds, for 4-5 times then beeps twice quickly and shuts offWhen I boot with Intel graphics it works fine, all previous graphical drivers are gone, I'm on Windows 10, it's an EVGA gtx 750 ti

Answer:Wont boot with new graphics card

Hi, Unless your PC is running a version 8 BIOS then many if not all of the NVIDIA GTX 7xx graphics cards will not work. Do a search on "Carmel2" going back four years and see if can find a success with the NVIDIA GTX 750.  You should be able to find at least one success.

1 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

I have just bought a Gainward 9800GT 1024 DDR3 card. I have all the recommended specs and upgraded the psu to 500w. I uninstalled the drivers for the old card, rebooted, everything seemed ok but the monitor stays in power save mode. Ihave installed the old card and all back to normal. What have I missed?

Answer:graphics card wont boot

Did you install drivers for the new card?

5 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

My brother has an AMD phenomII X3 720 Processor @ 2.81GHZ. 3.25gb Ram. With a Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512GDDR3 PCI-e video card. Recently, the computer will not read the video from the video card port, but will threw the integrated video card.
Upon uninstalling the video card drivers and reboot, there is a noticeable difference. Seems the computer is registering the computer graphics card but will not show video when plugged into the graphics card monitor port.
While this was happening, while plugged into the integrated port Command And Conquer 3 was played at full graphic, no issue.
Any ideas why this could be happeing?


Answer:PC Wont boot with Video card

Did you remember to change to output video in the BIOS from onboard to PCI?

post with questions

1 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

I just bought a ATI Radeon Sapphire HD 3850 Graphics Card. I had someone change the settings in the BIOS to run off the new graphics card, however when we turned the computer on it asked me to insert my windows vista cd, repair, and reboot. I did the repair but it wont fix itself.
The error says:
Repair Action: Partition Table Repair
Result: Failed error code 0x490
Time taken: 1170 ms

Does anybody know how to fix this problem?

Answer:New Graphics Card wont boot up!!! HELP :)

Hi Lindgren, you need to list some system specs for further help.

However this statement is curious

Originally Posted by Lindgren

I just bought a ATI Radeon Sapphire HD 3850 Graphics Card. I had someone change the settings in the BIOS to run off the new graphics card,

You say you bought a Radeon 3850, yet you had someone turn off the "new" card in the BIOS??? What "new graphics card are you talking about"??? This is a very confusing statement.

This is also why we need your system specs, especially the motherbord model.

Also be aware that if you're not familiar with BIOS settings, that's going to present a challenge here as not all BIOS's are the same, and thus it would be hard for any one here to walk you through it. Messing around in the BIOS without understanding their settings can render your computer useless.


8 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

hi after fitting a new graphics card my pc wont boot monitor stays blank.put the old card back in and all is ok my mother board is a nforce4-a939 the new card is a vtx radeon hd 5450 are thay compatible because i have just noticed that my mother board has a pci express rev 1.0 but the new card says pci express 2.1 is tham my problem or am i missing somthing any help is much apreciated thanks tony

Answer:pc wont boot with new graphics card

Before changing things on your PC I would test the card on another computer. If the card fails to function on a computer with a newer (PCI-E 2.1) computer, then the card is likely to be brokenAnother thing that might be worth checking is what power suppply the graphics card requires. A LOT of graphics card issues can be tracked down to a power supply that cannot produce the required amount of power

17 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

i am trying to install a new video card (AGP) in my pc. it wont boot up when i put it in.
ive updated bios, chipset, tried 3 diff. cards. it only boots when i use an older card.
Motherboard is an ASUS P4P800x p4 3.0
any help?????

Answer:Cpu wont boot with video card

what card is it? what is the computer model number? ex: Dell Dimension # etc... If its custom build, what PSU are you using?

9 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

Here is the link to my computer: Acer Aspire M5100 Desktop - AM5100-EF9500A -
Except i put in a different power supply and the new ATI Radeon Sapphire HD 3850 Graphics Card. I had a company changed my bios settings to run off the new graphics card. When we turned the computer on, it boots to a black screen that tells me to insert my vista cd, repair, and then reboot.

the repair finds this problem but cant fix itself. This is what it says:
Repair Action: Partition Table Repair
Result: Failed error code 0x490
Time taken: 1170 ms

... any ideas?

More replies
Relevance 51.25%

For some reason my S10e wont boot. Used it for over one year with no problems, but now it stopped working. I guess the reason was i forced quit it last time i use it.I tried all the tricks I could find online, press the on button 10 times, hold down for 40 seconds, removed the extra Ram, tested the HD in a case, it works fine. Tried it on an external Monitor, nothing..All it dose when i press the power button is: the two blue lights (power - wireless) come on. It wont go further than that.Please help.

Answer:S10e wont boot - blank screen, no HD sound.

Hi and welcome to lenovo forum...
Did you check your warranty at the warranty lookup ... ?
When out of warranty ...
Did you try the 30 seconds trick without extra memory and harddrive ?
and leave them over night  8 hours in that condition ... re-insert mem /HDD ...plug PSU in ... try starting again...
Did you try another PSU ?
Last try ......get the backup battery  off for a longer period ....dis-assemble according to Hardware Maintenance Manual - IdeaPad S9e/S10e,S10, S10-4333 --->Here<---  ....
regards KalvinKlein

1 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

Hi, I replaced the graphics card and PSU on my HP Pavilion 500-199 with an XFX Radeon HD 6870 and an EVGA 500W PSU. Before i replaced the card, I uninstalled the previous graphics card drivers already. When i boot the computer, there would be no signal on the monitor, however i can see all of the fans spinning inside the pc. I tried switching back to the old graphics card and psu that came with the computer, but the monitor still shows no signal. I have tried resetting the CMOS by moving the jumpers and resetting the battery. The mouse and keyboard would also get no connection. Does anyone know what I can do? Thanks

More replies
Relevance 50.84%

I installed a SATA Seagate Barracuda Hardrive onto my WXP Pro computer. I used Copy Commander to transfer all data over to the new drive from my Maxtor Diamond plus. Once all data was tranferred, including partitions, the system recognized, but wouldnt allow me to look on the new drive. Basically when I click on the new drives, they wont open. Also, I loaded the drivers for the SATA card, which is also recognized. I have a Silicon Image 3112a SATA raid controller. I use a MSI KT3Ultr 2 mohterboard, with the new 5.7 BIOS. I also have a XP Barton 2500. If I disconnect the Maxtor hardrive the system will not go past disk check, then it locks. What do I have to do to make the system recognize the new drive, on its own .

Answer:SATA card and Seagate wont boot.

Not too familiar with sata, but do you have to make the partition active or bootable. Did you format it before you did all of this.

4 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

i built my pc yesterday and got it up and running just fine on the onboard graphics. now i just recieved my gfx card in the mail. installed it but now windows will not boot. it tries to repair startup but cannot fix the problem.

im a mac user so im not too swift in bios/windows. can someone help me get this working please? thank you.

Answer:HELP - New graphics wont boot

Hey mate,

Remove the graphics card and try to boot into Windows. If Windows will not boot attempt a repair with the graphics card removed. Once you have Windows reliably booting up with the onboard graphics then you can have another go at the GFX.

Look in your BIOS before installing the card, do this by pressing F2 or DEL (depending on your motherboard brand, model, etc) - then set your primary graphics to PCIe (or similar), which represents and external card.

Turn the PC off, install the card, with your monitor connected to the card start up and see if Windows loads. If it doesn't and you have the same issue you either have a faulty graphics card or a faulty motherboard.

Good luck



1 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

Hi, I replaced the graphics card and PSU on my HP Pavilion 500-199 with an XFX Radeon HD 6870 and an EVGA 500W PSU. Before i replaced the card, I uninstalled the previous graphics card drivers already. When i boot the computer, there would be no signal on the monitor, however i can see all of the fans spinning inside the pc. I tried switching back to the old graphics card and psu that came with the computer, but the monitor still shows no signal. I have tried resetting the CMOS by moving the jumpers and resetting the battery. The mouse and keyboard would also get no connection. Does anyone know what I can do? Thanks edit: sorry for repost, no button to delete post.

More replies
Relevance 50.84%

SO i just bought a new video card the zotac geforce gt 220

I'm installing it in a Pentium 4 i know old school but its got a gig of ram and i just purchased a brand new PSU thinking that may have been the problem

what happens is my computer turns on, it shows the starting screen you know, press f1 for x and f10 for x and esc for boot screen, i cant go past that point.. it doesn't shut off or do anything.

Another question in addition to how can i fix this, in the instructions it says since i had an onboard video card before i should disable it first could that be the problem? and if it doesn't work can i still get on after disabling it?

Answer:new Video card, Windows wont boot,

You didn't mention if the video card is a PCI, AGP(4x or 8x), or PCI-E model and how much video memory it has.

You want to check the BIOS setup screen to see if you can change the setting to match the type video card that you're installing.

What's the wattage of the installed power supply?


Update: I'm currently researching that video card. It's a PCI-E model and comes with either 512 MB or 1024 MB of video memory. It needs a minimum of a 300 watt power supply.


3 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

I have windows M.E with a socket 370 mainboard...

Every once and a while when my machine is switched off and then put back will start loading windows and just hang..doing nothing

Only when i Remove my Ge2500II network card will it boot into windows normally...Sometimes if I put the network card into another pci slot it will work But I cant keep doing this and its getting frustrating..I had the same problem in Windows 98 SE but its only my machine....I dont know anyone who has had the same problem....AAHHH PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I LOOSE MY MIND

Answer:Windows Wont Boot With network card

7 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

OK here is what I am experiencing. (All in a new case) Installed a MSI 655 Max motherboard, ATI Video card into new case. Used my Processor, HD, and CDRom drive and memory from this PC. After everything was installed It would power on, but just constant beeping from chassis and for a split secong I would get the 8XTREME logo on the screen I could hit the <del> and get the Bios screen and make my setting but could never get the computer to boot up. just a blank screen with cursor flashing in upper left hand corner. After trying diff settings in the Bios screen. I pulled my HD,Cdrom, memory and processor, stuck em right back in this original case on the original mainboard and all is fine.

Any idea what my problem maybe?

Answer:PC wont boot up after new motherboard and Video card.

With the new motherboard have you tried just the video card/monitor, CPU/heatsink and fan and RAM? Are you sure everything is compatible? Any pattern to the beeps?

Also I'm not sure exactly what happens when you turn your system on.

3 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

I replaced my laptop's RAM as it was really slow. It was working right after I replaced the RAM but after shutting it down I couldn't start it up anymore. I could here the fan and the light of the optical drive is flashing but there are no other activity and the screen is just dead.

Answer:replaced 1GB with a 4GB RAM now it wont start

Sounds like the RAM is bad, incompatible with your system, inserted improperly, or you disturbed something else during the installation.

6 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

i have a hp h8-1534 that just stopped working brought it to shop things it might be the mother board M3970AM-HP (Angelica2)where can i find one of these and is it worth it to  try to fix it? ram power supply and video card were all checked machine does not start there is no hard drive activity.  thank you

More replies
Relevance 50.43%

I'm having the same issue as this post from 2013!  yikes. Pavilion HPE H8-1121 - New graphics card + PSU, wont boot past HP screen.  I've installed a newer power supply (Seasonic 620W), which has been working well.  I also installed a GTX 660Ti last year and it's been working great as well.  I recently purchased a ZOTAC GTX 970 and have attempted to install that, but it won't go past the blue HP screen and I get the same beep code (1 long, 3 short) which, it seems, suggests the video isn't initializing.My BIOS date is 2011.Where would I find an update for this?I'm also using Windows 10, which I just found on the HP site isn't tested on my model and would likely not support it's use well.  Should I roll back to 7 or 8?  and then update BIOS?  Is there an update for my BIOS and where do I find it.Anyway, I'm hoping that's a solution.  This still isn't a bad machine for being 5 years old.Thanks for any help!   

More replies
Relevance 50.43%

So, you may of read my last post. I got the computer booting from a 6gig partition on a 40gig 7200rpm drive just fine.

I have 3x 160gig SATA, 2 are SATA2's that are hooked up to a PCI SATA card. I've installed the drivers for it and everything.

I'm not trying to boot from any of the SATA hard drives or anything.

For some reason, when the hard drives are plugged into the PCI SATA card, the computer posts, but for some reason it won't load windows from the 40gig.

But when i dissconnect the hard drives from it, it boots into windows from the 40gig just fine.

I don't think it's trying to boot from one of the hard drives, because the screen just goes black, with no indication that it's trying to boot from them. Although when it boots it does show the mobo recognizes that they're there.

So far I've connected two of them to the PCI card, and it recognizes them, and one is "0" and the other is "1". When I go into bios, i make sure that it's set to boot from 2 or 3, but still, it won't boot when they're plugged in, any ideas on why?

Answer:PCI SATA card, wont boot when drives are connected

did you check your boot order? if you have one of those satas that are connected to the sata card as your first boot drive then that would be your problem.

2 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Just FYI, My Edge 15" (and probably yours too) will not boot up or restart if you happen to leave an SD card in the card reader slot.  I thought I had a serious problem until I realized I had left my SD card in the slot. This probably needs a BIOS fix in my opinion.  I cannot find any way to set the BIOS to boot from an SD card if I wanted to, so the card slot should probably just be disabled during the bootup sequence. .. Or better yet, the card slot should be recognized by the BIOS so that you could put it in whatever boot sequence order you wanted or eliminate it yourself from the boot sequence. ... but the current status seems silly to allow an SD card to completely disable the bootup. I've seen a couple of reasonable and logical requests for stuff that probably should have been put in the Edge BIOS ages ago in testing.  None of those requests get reviewed, and I'm sure this one wont either. So there ya have it.  Don't forget to remove your SD card! 

Answer:Edge wont boot with SD card in slot (probably needs a BIOS fix)

Hey there, TEMPEST, thanks for your post. I also was wondering why my Edge 15 kept hanging with a blinking cursor at boot.I also forgot my SD-Card in the slot. But, really, this shouldn't stop the system from booting up. Lenovo should consider fixing this in a BIOS update. Is there any comment from the staff? Anyone?  

3 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

Hi im new on the forum, but im an intermediate/low expert at computing as ive just built 2 pcs and the latest one is the problem.

Anyway the Pc was fine, It was built pefectly with a socket 478 Asrock Motherboard, a P4 3.ghz HT cpu, 1024 MB of fast DDR2 PC3200, a 400w PSU, Also microsoft XP pro was loaded as the operating system. The system and the computer as a whole was working very well for a few days, UNTILL i got a geforce 6800 to boost the graphics, this is were it all got messy!!! I installed the card perfectly, sitting right, extra cooling also and assembled my case as before and was ready to go, but then the computer just wouldnt boot at all and would hang in windows and then the monitor would turn off and the system would still appear to be running with no output at all. Needless to say im baffled at this stage as to why on earth this card wont install on this computer. I unpluged the card in and out making sure it was all perfect for days on end and it was clear that the system would all boot up perfect without the card plugged in but would not do so as soon as the card went in!!! I was now officially stressed out over the whole thing and sent the computer to a PC diagnostics expert, and now 2 weeks later the stupid guy has sent it back with no clue in the world as to the problem and he reebooted everything formatted the HDD and put the whole computer back to factory settings and uninstalled the OS, and now he claims the keys for the XP pro are wrong and he cant... Read more

Answer:Pc wont boot, serious problems, think its to do with the graphic card!!! READ THIS!!!

It could be a weak or cheap power supply. Maybe even a faulty card.

4 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

i have an nvidia riva tnt2 pci 8mb ram video card w/bios version and have the latest nvidia detonator driver dated 12-4-2000. both socket 7 motherboards i have will not boot at all with this card but both work fine with two junk S3virge (junk meaning they have some bad memory). this tnt2 card works fine in a slot 1 motherboard so i know it is a working card.

now i have upgraded the bios on both the socket 7 motherboards with the latest dated versions available for them and they still won't boot with the tnt2 video card installed but will with the old S3's. i am wondering if there is a compatibility issue between the tnt2 model 64 and socket 7 motherboards (?)

the two motherboards are: TXpro2 model M571 & AOpen model AP5VM
both have AMI bios's.

More replies
Relevance 50.43%

pc wont boot to windows with video card plugged in,my pc suddenly wont boot to windows few hours after i use it this morning.what happens is,when i try to switch on my pc this afternoon,i noticed that when i pressed the power button,the light indicator for power and process did not turn on,after few seconds it turn on but no output in my monitor,and after 3 to 8 seconds it just reboot it self.and same thing happen again with the light indicator,and just repeat the same process.but after i removed my video card and used my onboard video booted normally.what do you think is the problem with my video card.i checked for any blown capacitors on the video card but,i did not see any. please help me resolve the problem.

Answer:pc wont boot to windows with video card plugged in

Did you disable the onboard video in the BIOS when you installed the new video card?

12 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

I bought a multifunction card reader (5.25 inch bay, 3 USB ports, SATA port, multi card, and sound) and installed it as I have numerous other hardware. Here is the problem, the computer boots but then hangs after it detects my hard drives. I can't get into the BIOS or anything.
However, when I unplug the USB multifunction connector that connects the device to my motherboard and reboot, the computer reboots into windows. Once Windows is loaded, I can plug the USB connector back into my motherboard and the multifunction reader works as it should (no prompts for drivers). Now, when I restart the computer, it hangs again after it detects my hard drive. Unplug the UBS motherboard card reader connector and reboot and it boots fine. I have tried my four USB motherboard ports/connectors and the same thing happens. Any ideas?

Answer:Windows XP wont boot with new multifunction card reader

7 more replies
Relevance 50.43%

hi all, i just installed this card: you can see it has win7 support, MS also conforms it: have reinstalled windows, drivers, everything i can think of. still same thing. the computer has a dual boot of 7 and xp, *the card works flawlessly under XP.* windows 7 will either not boot and hang at a black screen, or BSOD and restart.thx in advanced, i am becoming very inpatient with this da** thing.

Answer:Win7 wont boot after installed new video card

If you remove the card and boot into Windows 7 what happens? If you can't boot into Windows 7 how did you install the drivers?Did the computer run Windows 7 before you installed the Jaton card? Do you have a card reader or any external storage devices inserted/ connected?

7 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

So, I've been having an issue with a noisy fan on my graphics card. This has been going on for a while. There haven't been any issues with it, aside from being annoying. Well I pulled it out to inspect it to see if anything was visibly wrong. There wasn't, so I put it back.

Now when I try to boot up my computer, everything comes on normally (fans, lights, etc.) but I get nothing on my screen and my keyboard doesn't light up. Just nothing happens.

The card is seated properly, all cables are connected, and so on. I've already tried pulling the battery on the board, disconnecting the power and all that. Nothing worked. What could possibly be the problem?

Answer:Pulled graphics card and put it back. Now my computer wont boot.

Sounds like your graphics card is done for. Get some cheap $20 card and try it just to be sure, but it does sound like it's done.


7 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Hey, I just ordered a Radeon HD7950 an since I can't use it until the power cable adapter arrives I wanted to test to see if it fit in my case. I took my 6770 out, dusted it off with a tissue and blew dust off of it and the pcie slot. after testing I put it back in.

However now my pc will not boot. It turns on, spins the gpu fan briefly but doesn't boot. Every ten seconds it spins the fan again but to no avail.

Everything else seems to work, hard drive and cpu fan spins up, mobo led lights up but nothing comes up on screen.

I don't want to test my 7950 since I only have 1 6 pin connector (it needs an 8 and a 6)

Is it the 6770 or my motherboard that is dead?

Answer:Solved: PC wont boot after removing and installing graphics card

12 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I have looked on this forum and found that several other people have had similar issues getting their HP Pavillion h8-1234 to boot up after putting in their GEFORCE GTX 950 graphics card. I am having the same exact issue. I understand that many have said that updating BIOS is the way to solve that issue but the HP website does not have any drivers for me to install. I've gone through all of the recommended channels but there is no driver updates. Here is the link to where I've been told to search: but there is nothing there. Maybe the BIOS is not the issue and someone can recommend another way to solve the problem? Thank you all in advance.

More replies
Relevance 50.02%

My computer loads up fine goes to the windows logo , then goes black , after about 30 seconds the computer restarts itself and does this same proccess over and over. I have tried everything disabling onboard, reinstalling windows , uninstalling drivers and doing a clean install, etc im really fustrated and dont know what to do next . Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

Answer:Dell Vostro 200 wont Boot up after Installing new Graphics Card

Maybe try different version of the drivers. I had one recently that the updated drivers killed the system. Also, is it possible the card could be defective?

1 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Basically, I've had this Lenovo G50-45 Laptop for over 2 years and due to it being in constant transport the HDD has been knocked around, the magnets have lost magnetism and the drive became really slow. The know the story. I installed a 120GB Samsung SSD into it, installed Windows 8.1 and it auto-activated as this Laptop came with Windows 8.1 so I didn't require another serial. It works fine, it's so quick (was previously unbelievably slow). However, the brightness won't adjust. I assume this is because it requires a driver. I attempted to download and install a driver but the only drivers available are 64 bit drivers and my Laptop is 32 bit.

What can I do?

laptops and netbooks :: lenovo g series laptops :: g50 45 notebook lenovo Lenovo PC Support

Thank you for your assistance in advance.

More replies
Relevance 50.02%

I recently reformatted and reinstalled Windows XP on my Dell Dimension 8200 which had a DVD-rom drive and a CD-RW and a Iomega zip drive(never use it anymore) Things were ok until I got a new DVD-RW (Lite-on) and installed the accompanying software which was
Nero 7 Essentials. The new DVD-RW seems to be working fine, but the existing DVD-ROM (Samsung) will not recognize a DVD. I tried putting a movie in, and the light flashes for a few seconds, then nothing. If I open My Computer and right-click, then click open, it does the same thing--drive light flashes for a few seconds, then message says "insert disk in drive".

I have googled this, (which got me here), found a few things to try, but none has worked.

Jumpers: were originally set to cable select, changed to slave/master-
Uninstalled DVD-rom-didnt help- then uninstalled both Optical drives, rebooted
Followed Microsoft knowledge base directions for clean boot-didnt work
Tried to update driver-says it is current

System has been in use since 2002 and DVD rom worked fine until I replaced CD-RW with DVD-RW

By the way, the drive will load CD's just fine.

If I open device manager, it show both drives .

Thanks for any help you can give me.


Answer:Replaced CDRW with DVD-RW,now DVD-rom wont recognize DVDs

Hello, blamphous

Hmmm - I've not run into this issue before. I usually run two optical drives on my systems; like yours a DVD-Rom and a DVD/RW . . . I always set the Rom as master, and the RW as slave . . . unless they are each on their own IDE channel (or if SATA). Have you tried a good cleaning? Maybe opening the case and jostling stuff around stirred up some dust . . . but the fact it still reads CDs makes it a long shot.

Have you tried unhooking the DVD-Rom from the system, deleting it in device manager, and rebooting. Then shutting down and reinstalling the drive? Another long shot . . . but all I can think of right now.

Well, except you mentioned Nero 7 Essentials . . . this could be a software issue. I've used Nero products for years and not had any problems, but I've never used Nero 7. If it were my computer I'd delete Nero 7 and see if that corrects the issue. If it does, I'd then go to the Nero site and check the forums for like problems and a fix.

7 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I bought windows 10 serial number a while ago off amazon...

my motherboard wasn't working so i replaced it, and downloaded windows,. and reinstalled using the same serial number and it says the serial number is already in use (obviously)

so my windows 10 license is stuck to a dead motherboard... how can i transfer it to my new one?

what is the solution to this?


Answer:Replaced Motherboard, wont let me use same serial # to activate

Hello endorush85, and welcome to Ten Forums.

You could try using the Activation troubleshooter to see if you may be able to activate Windows this way.

If not, then you should be able to activate by phone if this isn't an OEM license.

Activate Windows 10

3 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I bought windows 10 serial number a while ago off amazon...

my motherboard wasn't working so i replaced it, and downloaded windows,. and reinstalled using the same serial number and it says the serial number is already in use (obviously)

so my windows 10 license is stuck to a dead motherboard... how can i transfer it to my new one?

what is the solution to this?


Answer:Replaced Motherboard, wont let me use same serial # to activate

Hello endorush85, and welcome to Ten Forums.

You could try using the Activation troubleshooter to see if you may be able to activate Windows this way.

Activation Troubleshooter - Use in Windows 10

If not, then you should be able to activate by phone if this isn't an OEM license.

Activation Troubleshooter - Use in Windows 10

0 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

Hi all I have a Windows 7 Professional Dell X360. I just replaced the memory and now the computer wont go into automatic setup mode it will say push F1 or F2.

Please Help!!!!

Answer:Solved: Help! Replaced memory now it wont setup !

7 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

My MoBo died last night. I got another MoBo and installed all the hardware, however, Windows XP is refusing to load. It boots to a Stop error where IDE controllers are metioned.

Would a change in Motherboard cause this issue? What can I do to avoid a reformat?

Answer:Solved: MoBo replaced, XP wont load.

16 more replies
Relevance 50.02%

I replace the hard drive in my acer aspire and now it wont boot. It goes straight to 'system repair' but it doesnt seem able to.

Answer:Laptop wont go on after I replaced hard drive

Did you re-install windows on this new drive? If you did not then it is likely that the computer is trying to boot off of an empty drive??You are either going to have to transfer all of the data off of the old drive onto the new one, or use the setup disks provided with the laptop to re-install windows vista

2 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

Hi guys I just got a used sound card to go on a computer I recently bought but the sound card's not working. Here's my problem. I knew the card was gateway oem, but i thought it would work on my ibm system anyway. apparently it won't.
This is what I know:
every time I install the card and turn on my computer, the computer just sits there and does nothing (i.e. it won't boot and i have a blank screen at that). As soon as I remove the darn thing my computer boots normally. At first I thought my isa modem and pci ethernet card were interfering with it somehow, so I removed them and tried the sb card by itself. still nothing though. Then I tried the sound card in all 3 of my pci slots yet it still didn't work. Now, I know all of the slots are working because I tried my ethernet in all 3 to make sure of that. I tryed different combinations of putting it in, but i gave up and put my ethernet card back in, but left the modem out. (oh yeah. my modem has never worked for the 2 months i've had this computer; of course I'll post about that later, but do you think these 2 problems could be related? I BTW the sound card is a sound blaster live 128 pci.
I do have the drivers from gateway's website. Any insight or help is greatly appreciated from you guys. thanks in advance, neongeon

Also here's what msinfo32 told me:
0 System timer
1 Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
2 Programmable interrupt controller
3 Infrared PnP Serial ... Read more

Answer:Sound card in pci slot will not allow my pc to boot at all

16 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

I have narrowed down my problems I've had with my medion M3 Composer 5300 to my graphics card. when booting, It makes one long beep followed by two short ones and then will not boot. I've tried removing all the plug in components (Ram, graphics card, ect) and (carefully) using some dust-off to remove all dust inside the case. I still cant boot my computer and I get the Beeps. Any suggestions? Is it a problem with the motherboard perhaps?

Answer:Graphics card problem, computer turns on, beeps, and wont boot.

1 long beep followed by 2 short beeps indicates an issue with your graphics card, replace it

2 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

Quick summary: SATA Controllers on motherboard are not working. Ordered and installed a PCI-E SATA Controller Card. Connected Hard Drive & DVD Drive to new card ports. Upon attempting to boot installed windows 7, it spontaneously restarts before loading. It seems that I need to get the Controller Card's drivers installed. i try startup repair mode, and I can load the driver and see the Windows 7 installation after that, but then I don't know how to permanantly add the drivers for this installation.

Any help? Or do I need to reformat and re-install? Thanks

Answer:New SATA Controller Card, Windows wont boot, how to load drivers?

Win7 should not need SATA drivers as it has most of them. There is likely another issue.

Is HD set to boot after DVD drive in BIOS?

Is Startup Repair autostarting from the HD, or are you booting DVD to access Repair console on second screen? If not, try that to run Startup Repair a few times, making sure Win7 or its 100mb boot partition (preferred) are marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two) .

If it's autostarting from HD then the change in SATA controller may be too much for your extant Win7 to start. This requires running Paragon Adaptive Restore CD on the installation from boot, or clean Reinstalling Windows 7.

9 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

Dell Inspiron 6000. Its currently has 512MB PC2 4200 ram, and windows xp. It was working fine yesterday. I wanted to increase the ram, so I first went to the site to find out how much memory it could take, and it reported it could take upto 2GB of either PC2 5300 or PC2 6400. So I figured the fact that it had PC2 4200 meant that the laptop was running with slower speed ram. Anyway I got 2 1GB sticks of PC5300 RAM, and replaced the PC2 4200 with these sticks. Now the laptop would power on, the fan would come on, and then in two seconds the laptop powered off. I reseated the memory, and tried again. But same thing, the laptop powered on, the fan came on, and then the laptop shut off in two seconds. I then replaced the ram with the original ram, seated it properly, but still same thing. And now Im at a loss to figure out why? Any help?

Answer:Replaced memory, now laptop wont start properly

It appears that there is a difference of opinion as to what RAM that computer is designed to work with. Here is a link to the CNET review of your computer. have found that Crucial as good as it is is not always correct on it's recommendations. teunorth P.S. Have you tried the "old" RAM module in more than one of the available slots?

14 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

Hi guys,

I just replaced a bad T61 power jack ( I'm sure it must've been bad since two of the wire connections came loose from the jack itself). The new power jack had all the connections to the jack just fine, so I plugged it in, connected it to mobo, put everything together and still no power.

Could it be that when the connections came loose originally the motherboard got damaged in the process? I felt almost sure it was the dc power jack as soon I saw those loose connections, but i guess not?

EDIT: To give you guys a better idea. I bought one of these: T61 DC Power Jack

I also tried plugging in the charger (which I've tested with a multimeter, and it is also a new chrarger) into the NEW port, then trying to get power from the contacts on the mobo connector (white piece in the picture). I tried pushing down with the negative connector to one of the black wire contacts, and pushing the positive tip to one of the red wire contacts and did not see any power there, so I'm wondering if I tested it wrong?

More replies
Relevance 49.2%

Please can someone help me?? I have a Microsoft lumia 535 and cracked the touch screen, being a little tight on money I decided to order a new screen along with phone tool kit and have a go myself... Following online video sourced from YouTube I carefully dismantled the phone and replaced screen have triple checked everything is seated properly and ribbon cable is connected correctly... Booted phone up and nothing! Screen is genuine... Looking on Google have found info on something called 'Nokia phone suite', with info stating a 'dead flash' is required after installing new screen for it to work although I'm not sure how accurate this info is nor have I yet attempted it as every time I try and download the programe my anti virus and firewall go nuts!!! Anyway please can someone tell me what to do really need my phone back!!! And just to confirm cracked screen still picked up some touch but not enough to use phone whereas new screen does absolutely nothing! :( :(
Thanks in advance for any help!!

More replies
Relevance 49.2%

Gateway desktop GT4016, shuts off after awhile, now fan & light turn on for 2 seconds, shuts down.
Replaced: Power supply, motherboard, on/off switch, CPU, bypassed hard drive, optical drive, & memory sticks, still shuts down.
After replacing CPU, it came right on, ran for about 8 hours, shut itself down, played with on/off, eventually got it to power up & work for
another 6 hours, shut down again, now will not turn on.
Before this, substitued line cord, & different outlet.
History on this is I would have to unplug from behind a couple times, maybe more, to get the power to come on.
The data light would come on, but not the blue light to connect to the hard drive.
I transplanted the hard drive into a similar Gateway, but not compatible, got a blue screen trying to "learn files" but kept going round & round.

Anyone think of something I missed?

Answer:Hardcore Mystery, everything replaced on Gateway pc, still wont turn on

Typical cause is the power supply. Especially if disconnecting AC power solves the problem.

Are you sure the replacement power was good?

Also, OEM (ie: Dell, HP, etc.) Windows installs are keyed to the motherboard. Thus why moving the HDD to another PC doesn't work. Plus any differences in the hardware often cause Windows to crash or not boot as the needed drivers are not present.

2 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

i replaced my motherboard nd cpu cooling fan nd my laptop still wont turn on nd the caps continues to blink continuously nd nvr stops plus the f12 stays in and orange led the whole time as well

Answer:replaced system board for laptop but still wont turn on

These will help: these dont, please explain the issue from start.

1 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

Hi, does anyone know what the problem is? I took out the screen of my old laptop, and put a replacement screen in. The screen its self (Samsung) is exactly the same model as the old one, except the inverter board looks a bit different. The laptop turns on fine with no screen plugged in, but when when I plug the new screen in, the only thing that turns on is the power supply light. I tried removing the new screen and it turned on fine. It's only when the screen is plugged in when it doesn't turn on. Is it because it's the wrong inverter board? I still have the old one. Should I just switch the boards? Thanks for all the help.

Answer:Replaced Laptop Screen but Wont Turn On When Installed

**Update: I tried replacing the inverter board, but the connecter with 6 pins wont fit...

3 more replies
Relevance 49.2%

i replaced my motherboard nd cpu cooling fan nd my laptop still wont turn on nd the caps continues to blink continuously nd nvr stops plus the f12 stays in and orange led the whole time as well

Answer:replaced system board for laptop but still wont turn on

These will help: If these dont, please explain the issue from start.

1 more replies
Relevance 48.79%

So today i went in to install a sound car for one of our graphics guys.

I took out his sound blaster live card and replaced it with a audigy 2 card.(same slot)

I took all the precautions(uplug pc etc etc...)

After installing the sound card i put everything back and rebooted.

upon reboot i got a message along the lines of WARD boot not found or installed(cant really remember)

It was hanging then continued with the usual boot(found the drives, ram etc...) then all the text on the screen became unread able. it was blurry and it just froze there.

I rebooted and nothing. Just a black screen. keyboard lights are off and the monitor doesnt get a signal.

I tried removing the sound card, also tried a different video card with no luck.

Anyone have any insight on this?

Answer:Computer will not boot after sound card install...


3 more replies
Relevance 48.79%

Trying to install the Realtek driver for my new Mobo. The HDD is the same, and I am probably having issues with prior installed drivers. I just don't know how to get rid of them or what they are.

Here's my info:
Old Mobo - Asus a7nbx-vm (32bit)

New Mobo - ECS GF6100-M754 (64bit)
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64

Any help is appreciated

Answer:Replaced Motherboard - No Sound

Go to your Device Manager
Start>Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager
This will list all your devices
Any that are showing a yellow "?" or an "X" are telling you they are having a problem.
Double clicking on any of the devices so marked, will bring up a "Properties" window that should describe its problem.
There is a driver tab at the top of this window that gives you the driver details and allows you to replace or update the driver if it is faulty.

30 more replies
Relevance 48.79%

Just had my replaced motherboard replaced, now I have no sound. Any ideas? What do I need to download? I have 2 cheap HK speakers to connect. Also, there is a red "X" in Device Manger next to "Network Adapters". Does this have anything to do with it and what is it? Thanks much. Here is my Belarc adviser profile:

Operating System System Model
Windows 98 SE (build 4.10.2222) MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
550 megahertz Intel Pentium III
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD i810-W83627HF
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 10/14/99
Drives Memory Modules c,d
27.38 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
25.77 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

MITSUMI CR-4804TE [CD-ROM drive]
Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")

Maxtor 92739U6 [Hard drive] (27.40 GB) -- drive 0, s/n E60313LC, rev FA550480, SMART Status: Healthy 64 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 64 MB
Slot 'A1' is Empty
Slot 'A2' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (on drive 0) 27.38 GB 25.77 GB free

Network Drives
Users Printers
No details available None detected
Controllers Display
Standard Floppy Disk Controller
Intel 82801AA Bus Master IDE Controller
Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo) Intel(R) 82810-DC100 Graphics Controller [Display adapter]
D... Read more

Answer:Replaced Motherboard-No sound

Have you installed the driver?

3 more replies
Relevance 48.79%

Seems I need a little more help still.
I have replaced Vista with XP on our computer. I first had trouble getting it to connect to the internet, but thanks to X here, that problem has been resolved. Now I find that we have no sound. I'm assuming it's due to the lack of a driver, but...
The computer is a HP Pavilion P6060A Home PC -product number #NC856AA#ABG
When I go into the device manager, it says that all the items under sound, video and game controllers are working correctly, but if I go to the volume control, it says there are no active mixer devices available
The computer was purchased with everything istalled, so there were no driver CD's and the backup CD's we were prompted to make would take it back to a Vista instalation.
This is from my device manager, as you can see, all the sound devices seem ok, but the ones in other devices are not installed.


Answer:Replaced Vista with XP and now have no sound

You need to download and install the Vista compatible chipset driver from HP

16 more replies
Relevance 48.79%

the dc adapter jack broke so i replaced it. now i dont get anything. no lights the novo button doesnt turn it on nothing. not charging. i took ta multi meter to the pins where the cable ataches to the board and i have 20 volts to that point. i took a read across the battery and it was faint but there was a little flicker on the meter, but it does not apear to be charging. is there somthing i am missing or is it just likly that the main board is bad.

Answer:Lenova yoga 13 dc adapter jack replaced now it wont power up

Hello.I broke my jack a while ago and I can not find the replacement anywhere. Can you kindly tell me where you got the jack?Thanks.

4 more replies
Relevance 48.38%

In a dual boot machine using two HDD's, one running 98SE and the other XP, the sound works OK in XP but not in 98SE. All drivers and HW are OK in both systems, but only one works. Any ideas?

Answer:Sound card not working in one half of dual boot ma

Have you checked it's not muted somewhere? By far the most common complaint!

6 more replies
Relevance 48.38%

Hi, I have an XPS 8700 desktop, and I recently purchased an Asus Xonar DGX sound card. After installing it, I turned on the computer, but it wouldn't go past the "Starting Windows" screen. When I took out the card, it turned on normally. How do I solve this problem?
The sound card plugs into a PCI express slot, which my motherboard has, and everything seems to fit properly, but the problem persists.
I have tried disabling the onboard audio from the BIOS, like I read on a forum topic, but still no luck.
Any help is appreciated

Answer:XPS 8700, Asus Xonar DGX sound card, no boot

The Asus Xonar DGX sound card is a PCIe x1 card. So it should be installed in either of the smaller slots numbered 22 below =

1 more replies
Relevance 48.38%

Hello, all. First timer here. My X61T croaked least week. I took it to New Computech in downtown NYC for warranty repair and asked that a problem with the mic be checked (no mic in win 7 or ubuntu 11.04) and was told the motherboard needed to be replaced. I was quoted $125 for labor on software, not understanding why anything needed to be done to software for what seemed like a hardware problem to me, declined that part of the repair. the MB was replaced and I retrieved the computer. NOW the trackpoint will not at all in ANY OS and I only get sound during the login in Ubuntu. Is there software or a BIOS update that needs to be done after an MB replacement? The company is supposed to be ordering system revocery discs for me, should that solve the problem? Still baffled by this sound thing... thanks in advance. peace:cWj

Answer:no sound no trackpoint after motherboard replaced

hey cWj,usually when a motherboard is replaced, a bios update is needed.anyway, would it be possible for you to make your system into a mono-boot and see if the same issue occurs if the harddrive has only Windows OS installed.

WW Social MediaImportant Note: If you need help, post your question in the forum, and include your system type, model number and OS. Do not post your serial number.Did someone help you today? Press the star on the left to thank them with a Kudo!If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"! Follow @LenovoForums on Twitter!Have you checked out the Community Knowledgebase yet?!How to send a private message? --> Check out this article.

1 more replies
Relevance 48.38%

Hi everyone,

I'm new to Techspot, but I have read many of the subjects for reference.

I installed a new motherboard (Intel P4M-865G-MAX ), and power supply.
Then, reinstalled operating system XP Home with no issues until I tried to test all the hardware. More specific to play a music CD with no sound. I have an integrated Realtex AC97 audio (6 Channel). Has XP Home Home.

I checked all the volume controls to make sure volume was high enough and not muted. Also, checked the DirectX with the dxdiag cmd, with no problems, 2 set of speakers, and reinstalled the audio driver . Then I went to Realtek and updated the AC' 97 audio driver...Tried 2 different CD's. I reinstalled the chipset drivers too.

I need help I don't know what is wrong..Is the audio chip bad it's a new motherboard!! Please help.



Answer:EMachine replaced Motherboard now No Sound

if you are using the front plugs , make sure you connected font audio panel header..

3 more replies
Relevance 47.97%

So my co worker asked me to look at her laptop its a toshiba tecra m2. The boot keeps hanging up on the system32 file agp440.sys . I went on the internet and found a windows xp pro disk to try and replace the system32 file using recovery. After a learning how to add SATA drivers to the windows xp boot I was able to detect the hard drive and just before windows setup screen comes up the computer blue screens with a 0x0000007B stop error... I read that the battery could cause this so i carefully took apart the computer and replaced it with no change. I put a windows 7 disk in to see if i could use the recovery console in it and suprisingly it booted no problem, i was able to use command prompt but with no idea what the problem is i have no idea what to do with it. If anyone has any ideas it would be appreciated. Thanks for reading the problem hope someone has an idea. any more info needed just ask


Answer:Windows wont boot hangs up on agp440.sys and wont complete boot off the disk :/

Info on 7B STOP errors..., scroll down to 7B in left column.

IMO, you have compounded the situation by using a "downloaded" version of Windows, since I suspect that such may contain embedded malware as part of the package.

Any number of things may have caused the initial hang, as you can see by reading the data at the Aumha website.


1 more replies
Relevance 47.97%

I installed fresh windows 7 on new Samsung 840 pro SSD and it was running awesome, even after setting everything up boot time was veeery fast.. until I installed drivers for my Xonar DG card, boot takes over a minute, when I remove drivers it goes back to fast boot.
What I've tried is running under diagnostic setup and with services and startup programs off and it still took long time (while drivers were installed). In BIOS onboard sound is disabled and don't have it's drivers installed.

Only problem so far on new PC :\
Edit: Seems like installing billion windows updates fixed it.

More replies
Relevance 47.56%

I recently replaced my hard drive and rebooted windows Xp. Ever since I have not had any sound. I have reinstalled drivers from Xp and the Realtek website, I have tried new speakers, I have checked all mute and volume settings, I have looked to see if anything was disconnected inside the case, I have tried both speaker jacks, and yet I still have no sound.

Any ideas? Thanks,


Answer:Replaced Hard drive and lost sound

7 more replies