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Old 09-19-2008, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Oh Noes... GFX issue? what do you think?

Iv build this rig a few weeks ago, just ran into a problem.

BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

First, I get a message saying that the Catalyst control center has experience an error and closes. I then reopened it, everything was fine. While playing oblivion it starts acting buggy and I loose all audio, so I exit the game, still no audio. Speakers are fine, just will not make a sound.

At this point I shut down and then try to turn it on. Up comes the T-power Logo with the options "Press Tab to show text screen, Del to enter Bios setup"

Doing either takes me to the same screen which displays:

motherboard model
cpu info
ram info

Press F9 for BBS POPUP
press F12 for BIOS POST FLASH

Pressing F9 and F12 does nothing

The Display on the Motherboard shows C3 with means - "Mid POST initialization of chipset registers"

I have tried resetting the CMOS and it did not help, also tried swapping out the ram with no effect.

Now I suspect that the problem is the Graphics card because it seems extremely hot to the touch, but it may have always been like that. the big problem is that I do not have another GPU to troubleshoot with.

So what do you think, Graphics problem or Motherboard problem?

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Old 09-19-2008, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Oh Noes... GFX issue? what do you think?

Another video card is worth a try even if it's an old PCI card.

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Old 09-21-2008, 05:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Oh Noes... GFX issue? what do you think?

Yes I agree, I finally got my hands on another card and gave it a try, same thing happens.

So I can rule out the card, that leaves the RAM (unlikely, iv tried putting just one stick in then the other, no effect) the Motherboard and the CPU, right?

I can only hope the problem is the mobo, as I can still RMA it back to newegg.

Any other thoughts or opinions, I would love to hear what you think.
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