Trouble installing GeForce 7300GT on 760GX-M mobo


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dstauffer_lds

Hi, there. I have spent the last couple of evenings trying to get a
GeForce 7300GT video card installed in my ECS 760GX-M motherboard.
There are no signs of life at all on the monitor when I plug in. I
can't tell for sure, but I don't think I fried the card. There isn't a
lot to setup in the BIOS, and I can get another cheaper video card to
work in that slot. Can anyone tell me if these 2 pieces are compatible?
If so, what am I missing? Any other video cards that others have
successfully installed on this board?

Thanks for any help.

--Dave
 
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Paul

Hi, there. I have spent the last couple of evenings trying to get a
GeForce 7300GT video card installed in my ECS 760GX-M motherboard.
There are no signs of life at all on the monitor when I plug in. I
can't tell for sure, but I don't think I fried the card. There isn't a
lot to setup in the BIOS, and I can get another cheaper video card to
work in that slot. Can anyone tell me if these 2 pieces are compatible?
If so, what am I missing? Any other video cards that others have
successfully installed on this board?

Thanks for any help.

--Dave

Have a look through the reviews on Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustratingReview.asp?item=N82E16813135194

One guy mentions a 6800GS doesn't work. My guess would be, that perhaps
the BIOS cannot handle a video card that is bridged. A bridged video
card, consists of a PCI Express GPU, a bridge chip to convert from
PCI Express to AGP, and this is all stuffed on an AGP card format.

You can see on the front of the card here, the small heatsink on
the bridge chip near the connector. The heatsink is over top of the
HSI bridge chip. (At least that was what it was called in an article
I read.) Note that you won't always find the bridge chip on the
front of the card - I saw my first card with the bridge on the
back of the card, just two days ago (an ATI bridged card).

http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/productimage/14-150-198-03.JPG

It could be that the other card you tried, is native AGP (no translation).

I bet this could be fixed with an upgraded BIOS, if someone tells
ECS it is broke. It might take 3 months for a fix like that, to
become an available update. Sometimes, changes like this don't come
from the motherboard maker, they come from Award/AMI.

Another little trick played by the motherboard makers, is some of
them make "fake" AGP slots. They can take the PCI bus, and connect
it (somehow, I've never seen a tech article that explains how this
is possible). The bus runs quite slow by AGP standards, and frequently
not all cards will work with it. (One maker calls their fake slot "AGI".)
You would see a trick like that, on a chipset that doesn't have an AGP
interface, but they wanted to drive the connector anyway. But as far as
I know, the 760GX is real AGP, so your problem is not an "AGI" problem.

http://www.sis.com/products/sis760gx_features.htm

Paul
 
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dstauffer_lds

Paul said:
Have a look through the reviews on Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/CustratingReview.asp?item=N82E16813135194 ..
..
..

http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/productimage/14-150-198-03.JPG

It could be that the other card you tried, is native AGP (no translation).

I bet this could be fixed with an upgraded BIOS, if someone tells
ECS it is broke. It might take 3 months for a fix like that, to
become an available update. Sometimes, changes like this don't come
from the motherboard maker, they come from Award/AMI.

Another little trick played by the motherboard makers, is some of
them make "fake" AGP slots. They can take the PCI bus, and connect
it (somehow, I've never seen a tech article that explains how this
is possible). The bus runs quite slow by AGP standards, and frequently
not all cards will work with it. (One maker calls their fake slot "AGI".)
You would see a trick like that, on a chipset that doesn't have an AGP
interface, but they wanted to drive the connector anyway. But as far as
I know, the 760GX is real AGP, so your problem is not an "AGI" problem.

http://www.sis.com/products/sis760gx_features.htm

Paul

Thanks for the links and suggestions, Paul.
I'll give it a try.

--Dave
 

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