GA-M68M-S2P / GFX COMPATIBILITY ISSUE

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zarker99 Posted: Thu, Jun 16 2011 9:53 AM

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I just bought tje gigabyte M68M-S2P mobo, but it wont work with my old graphics card - wont even boot into the bios.

get 1 long - 3 short beeps (award Bios).

This problem with 7950 GX2 card.
Mobo works fine with a radeon 4800, and with in-built 7050 vid chip.
The 7950 works fine in another PC - so its not the gfx-card.

Just wondered if anybody had come across this problem before?

The new mobo came with bios vers FC already in - and no newer versions available to D/L.

Ticket raised with Gigabyte, but just thought I'd check here too.

Many thanks :)

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Typically that beep code is related to memory take your RAM out and put it back in to make sure it is seated properly. If you still get it put one stick in at a time.

also check

Does the card take an additional power cord plugged into it?

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zarker99 replied on Thu, Jun 16 2011 5:26 PM

No - its not memory. I only get the problem with this one gfx card.

I used the same PSU to power the card in two seperate PCs as a test. The 7950 works in one box, but not in the one with the M68M.

Thanks for the idea anyway :)

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Here is the link for the Award Bios Beep codes. So to me it sounds like the machine is not detecting the video card at all.

http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/awardbeep.htm

I personally have never experienced compatibility issues with a video card, the only time I had this type of problem resulted from not plugging in the auxiliary power cable that it required. Maybe some of our other members will be able to shed some light on your issues.

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zarker99 replied on Fri, Jun 17 2011 4:17 AM

The oddest thing is that this mobo should never give those kinda beeps. It has an onboard 7050 vid chipset that only becomes active when no vid-card is detected in the pci-e slot. If I take the 7950 out completely there's no problems - the mobo uses its inbuilt one.

I also thought it was a power issue, that's why i tried using the same PSU as the box the 7950 works in. The PSU which powers two hdds, DVD, 3gb ram, serious cooling, audigy2, radeon 4870 (which needs two PCI-E power inputs) in the box which works. The M68M box only has one hdd, 2gb ram, DVD and thats all!

I really dont understand this one at all...

STill waiting for a response from gigabyte support...

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try disabling the onboard GFX card (in the bois) and saving the bios and shutting down the computer. Install the GFX card, turn on computer and see what happens. 

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zarker99 replied on Fri, Jun 17 2011 7:40 PM

Thanks for that suggestion :)

Two reasons I'm not going to try it though -
1) Radeon 4870 works ok without having to disable the onboard first
2) Bought a PSU for the box now, and got it up and running on the on-board 7050. PROBLEM is the PC becomes unstable after about 30 mins of up-time. Get BSOD's - every time with a different cause. If I try re-installing windows XP 32 or 64 it keeps telling me the CD disk is corrupt. If I leave it off for an hour or so it works ok for a while then BSOD's again. System and CPU temps all look fine after immediately rebooting and going to the bios screen SYSTEM MONITOR. I'm using the cooling fan that came with the CPU (AM2 athlon 64 x2 5000)

Tech support at the shop i bought the mobo from think it may be the PCI-E revision (2.1) is too new for the 7950 card - but I think the mobo is screwed.

This particular mobo was given to me when the one I ordered turned out not to be one in the box they gave me.

I'm really pretty sick of the whole thing to be honest...

STILL NO REPLY FROM GIGABYTE TECH-SUPPORT!

:(

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zarker99 replied on Fri, Jun 17 2011 8:58 PM

OK - I tried it.

There's no option to disable the on-board vid, but there is an option to disable the frame buffer (for the vram-shared mem?), and now get the 1 long - 3 short beeps again.

Put in the 7950 but still get the beeps.

Now need to clear the cmos mem... <sigh>

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rrplay replied on Fri, Jun 17 2011 10:43 PM

zarker99:

OK - I tried it.

There's no option to disable the on-board vid, but there is an option to disable the frame buffer (for the vram-shared mem?), and now get the 1 long - 3 short beeps again.

Put in the 7950 but still get the beeps.

Now need to clear the cmos mem... <sigh>

If this is your mainboard

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3270#sp

 fully clear and reset your bios >>.do you have the latest version ? see the manual to fully reset and clear 

try using Fail safe defaults and Load Optimized defaults

see page 39 of the pdf manual for the settings of the on-board video Init Display First  & onboard gpu to adjust them properly  they are there

some other folks been RMA ing due to a buggy PCI-E slot

hope some of this helps let us know how it goes for you  good luck

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zarker99 replied on Sun, Jun 19 2011 7:40 AM

Ok - got it sorted.

The unstable system was due to a new stick of ram that seems to be incompatible with everythig. Tried it in 3 different PCs with varying ages of mobo's and it crashes them all. So hope i can take it back for an exchange...

The graphics card issue is being resolved by swappiing the box with my wife's, whose GT250 runs ok with this new mobo, and her (590) mobo used to run the 7950 before i upgraded her.

So - thanks everybody for your help :)

 

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rrplay replied on Sun, Jun 19 2011 8:00 AM

Thanks for getting back and letting us know you got it sorted out.Smile

&  taking the time to share what the problem and the fix actually was .Sure hope you can get mem exchanged.

 

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