dexter72209

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If any of you are more tech savy than myself I'm up(begging actually) for suggestions, here is what is happening and why I have almost pulled out what little hair I have left :D . First off here are my system specs:

Intel q6600 Core 2 Quad
8GB G Skill Pi Black DDR2 800 RAM (PC 6400 )
Asus P5N-D Motherboard
700W Rocketfish PSU
Nvidia 9800 GTX+ 1GB Factory OC
1TB ST31000340AS Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 HDD
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit OS SP1

Here is what has been going on, the P5N-D mobo is new to this machine, so I install it Monday afternoon, (flash the newest BIOS,move the jumpers on the mobo and clear the CMOS), format the hard drive and take off, Windows installs no problem, reboot, I install the drivers for my motherboard/chipset, reboot, no problems. Next I move on to the GPU drivers since windows is only recognizing it as an 8MB generic VGA adapter at this point, as soon as I go to reboot after the GPU drivers install the system slows down and I either get just a black screen after the Windows bar scrolls af few times or sometimes I even make it to the Welcome screen before it locks up and eventually BSOD's with a Windows error, but it is recognizing the GPU at this point b/c the resolution is much higher b/c instead of giant fonts, everything is back to like it was before this madness. I can then boot from my CD, restore Windows to before I installed the driver for the GPU and it boots and everything is back to resolutions like my grandfather would like so he could see. Here is a list of things I have done and already tried so I dont waste anyones time:

1. I have tried using some older nVidia drivers after scrubbing the new one off.

2. I ran a Windows mem test with no errors.

3. I put Artic Silver on the CPU before installing my Freezer Pro 7 :non:

4. Tried using Windows repair from the CD and it tells me some nonsense about a camera etc.. being installed on the system?? (There is none)

5. Popped the card in my old set up to make sure it didnt flake out.

6. Checked my BIOS settings over and over :ouch:
 

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i am seeing some info on google that might be alarming, that the 700W Rocketfish you have is a rebranded PSU which may be causing issues with your system ie not giving the gpu enough power. If you have another PSU to try in this computer and see how that gets on, also make 100% that all previous drivers you have installed for the gpu have been removed and reinstall with the new/most upto date ones.

I have the same gpu but i use a silverstone psu of 750w
 

dexter72209

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I have actually been running this PSU with the same RAM,CPU, and GPU for over a year now it was just on an Asus P5N-e, and it never sputtered once. The Hardware Secrets site did an in depth test on this model and it was actually able to pull its full load, but mind you I would rather have a Thermaltake or the like,lol, at the time I bought this PSU in a rush I did research it I think to make sure the amperage on the 12V rail was sufficient, here is a link to a pic of the back label.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/fullimage.php?image=10403

 

dexter72209

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yes, the nvidia drivers for the Mobo chipset were fine, as soon as I install the driver for the GPU for my OS, it repeats and I have to go into safe mode and remove it. So it isn't actually when installing the driver, its when i try and reboot afterwards to be clearer. (After the driver is installed it recognizes the device as a 9800 GTX and tells you to reboot for changes to take effect, yadda, yadda)
 

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Same PSU, same OS, samr RAM,I just swapped the mobo's, I'm starting to think this board just doesn't like the particular RAM module, I have read posts both ways, that people run it with no problems and some stating this board is very picky...