Originally Posted by Slaymate
Is the computer beeping??? I hate to say it, but if the card is defective the motherboard should be beeping. It sounds like the card isn't fitting into the slot correctly, like the contact fingers are barely making a connection in the slot. The connection is enough for the mobo to know it's there, but not enough to actually power the card up.
Make sure the slot and contact fingers are clean and make sure the weight of the card isn't putting any stress on the slot. And make sure the card is firmly inserted into the slot, you want to hear the slot lock CLICK.
No, neither computer Beeps.
Normally both computers make 1 beep sound just as the start of booting up but the system does not even get that far on either of the two machines.
The card was pushed very securely into the PCI-E x16 slots on both machines, the safety tag (the one that's a pain in the backside to unclip) was securely clipping onto the end of the connector, and the card was securely fixed to the case with two screws.
I made sure on both machines that the card was fully seated.
On my Abit Mboard it has a 2 digit LED display that runs through many different hexadecimal numbers during the bootup process
With the GTX-285 installed it went through 2 numbers and just stuck at showing 9.0 ( I think) on the display.
Basically on both machines the exact same thing happens.
Press power, Fans start up inside the case, various LED's inside the case come on, and within 3 seconds (even before a BIOS beep) it's all frozen, nothing happens. No display on screens, nothing.
If it was on one machine then I'd guess it may be just a clash, but it's on both machine that use different brand Mboards which themselves use different chipsets.
The Abit AB9 uses an "Intel P965 / ICH8R" chipset and has "1x PCI-E X16 slot"
The ASUS p5b-vm (which I did not want to put the card in, but tested anyway) uses a "Intel G956 Express Chipset" and also has a PCI Express x16 slot
I have just looked at the BFG website here: BFG Tech - BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 OC2 1GB PCIe 2.0
And they quote the following:
BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 OCX 1GB PCIe 2.0
PCI Express® 2.0 Support
Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.