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Old 09-18-2006, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought an ATI Radeon X1300. This computer has a 360W power supply, and already has a SATA hard drive and two CD-ROM drives in it.

When I try to connect the card, I don't even see any display, but the diagnostic lights say 'possible expansion card failure'. So assuming the card isn't being powered adequately, what should I do?

The manual for the ATI card says to use their Y cable to connect it to a hard drive and split it...however I only have a SATA hard drive in here, and the SATA power cable doesn't match the regular IDE power connectors on the Y cable.

I tried doing it with my CD-ROM drive, but that didn't work, same problem- no display.

What should I do? I don't need both CD-ROM drives...actually I don't need either one because I have an external DVD burner. Should I disconnect one, and plug one end of that cable into the Y adapter, and leave one end of the cable blank (obviously with the third end going into the card)? Or should I buy a different cable that can accomodate the SATA power connector?


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It's actually best to NOT split the power going to the HDD. That can cause problems with the HDD.

Make sure the card is fully seated.


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Yeah, the card is fully seated...I mean the only thing is, this is an AGP Pro slot, however I know it's backwards compatible because the card has a registration tab.

So I guess I should just remove one of the CD-ROM drives?
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