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Old 02-25-2010, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently I replaced my shared graphics card with a dedicated graphics card. I have a dell dimension 9100 p4 w/ 4gb ddr2. Now when I go to turn the computer on it will blink orange for several seconds to several minutes - in one case as long as an hour - before it boots up. I have read that this would be a mobo or psu failure, however I dont understand how that could be if it does eventually boot up. Any insight would be appreciated.
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Did you clean off the old drivers before you put the new GPU in? You will also want to disable the integrated graphics adapter in the BIOS.
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Maybe your PSU doesnt have enough power (weather it be the amperage or watts) to run the video card.
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i'm not sure how to "clean the drivers"? or disable the bios thing as stated, although a google search guided me through the bios thing and i think it's correct. As far as drivers go, I updated all of the ones on the new GPU.


For the PSU, mine is the stock one (350W), which i know is kind of low. If i popped it up to like a 550 it wouldn't hurt, or would i need to go up to like 750?
GPU is a radeon 8400 1gb ddr2
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Hey, read your thread a little bit, normally 350 watts would be the bare mininum just to jump start that video card.
However I recommend a PSU between 400-600 watts will do, your best is to get a 500 watt.
Befre you order anything, head on over the general and buying pc's section and make a request.
I may use a 500watt green watt PSU and it's not that great but atleast it keeps my computer fully powered on with everything I have in my signature post.

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mk new psu (650w) on the way, thanks for the insight everyone. I will post again when it's here.
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