Re: Computer won't power up after video card install
First of all, start your explanation from scratch, one step at a time. Specify exactly what you did, from uninstalling or disabling your old video card (it was on-board?) to installing the new one, where you purchased your new video card (a reputable dealer?), all that sort of stuff. A very detailed explanation will help others trouble-shoot this better.
The first time I upgraded a video card, it was to replace an on-board video card. This was on the compaq presario 5220. It had on-board video and so I installed a brand-new voodoo3 2000 pci card. Thought I had everything just right, booted up, and all I got was a flashing cursor on my screen. I didn't know what to do; upgrading was new to me at the time, and this was the family computer that my wife depended on, so I took it to a computer shop. They installed the new video card for me, got it working just fine, I brought it home and BOOM, the same damned thing happened, a flashing cursor. I immediately took it back to the computer shop, and it was then that a different tech realized that I had bent one of the pins in my keyboard plug while dissembling my system to put in the new video card, and that when subsequently plugging in the keyboard, it was essentially shorting out the entire system (when they installed the video card for me, they had used a different keyboard, and so there was no problem).
Point: before you do anything, it will help if you carefully describe your steps exactly, because you never know what might be causing the problem. This can keep down some of the more extreme initial suggestions, such as replacing your motherboard (!). Good luck.
Last edited by alex666; 03-13-2006 at 11:52 PM.
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