Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: PC will not boot with 2nd pci-e video card installed

21 Jun 2011   #1
rabeiler

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
PC will not boot with 2nd pci-e video card installed

I have an XFX motherboard (x58i), model # MD-X58I-CH09. It has three PCIe slots. I have an Nvidia GEForce GTX 260 graphics card in one of the PCIe slots (middle of the motherboard). This is running two 22" displays with no issues at all.

I also have a Asus ENGT430 video card with HDMI output that I want to load into one of the other PCIe slots. When I do this, the computer will not boot properly. It starts (displays the splash screen for windows7), but after that it appears as if there is some sort of conflict. Probably a driver conflict but I cannot even see anything or log in to the PC. Will the mother board support two different graphics cards? If so, what do I need to do to get it to work. I have not installed any drivers for the ASUS graphics card because the instructions have you do this after booting. With Windows7 I didn't think I would have to install anything.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

21 Jun 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Unless you have a motherboard with a specific chipset, it's very difficult to two individual cards to run together. Apparently your board, (while a good one for the price bracket) only supports sli for this apparently. So you would need the second card to be a sli compliant card, from what I see on that ENGT430 it's not an SLI capable card (which is really weird for a model that recent)

There may be a trick to get them to work together, but the problem is not a windows problem, it's hardware compatibility.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2011   #3
rabeiler

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

That is what I figured. The ENGT430 was a cheap card. I am ordering two new SLI video cards that are identical. This should fix my issue (hopefully) and then I will sell the old ones or use them in something else. Thanks for getting back to me. Much faster that XFX support - still have not heard from them at all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


21 Jun 2011   #4
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

xfx support is slow but they are generally useful. I've had to RMA two XFX cards, and even though it took them several days to process me and make sure I wasn't an idiot that just did something wrong with the card, it went quickly after that though.

Anyhow, yeah a straight forward SLI config should work without problems for you.
You may need to clear you cmos when you install them just for the board to see everything new.
That's easy to do though, and should be covered in the motherboard manual.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2011   #5
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

The ENGT430 does not even have a sli bridge adapter on it guys...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2011   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That and SLI isn't required to run two cards for more than 2 monitors, to the point that when Nvidia started SLI with PCI-E cards you had to disable SLI to run a monitor off of the second card.

Quote:
That 430 is dx11 windows might see it as the main card because it is dx11-
It could be this, but the Nvidia driver should be able to take of that sort of thing. Despite one card being DX10 and one being DX11, they both use the same driver model, WDDM 1.1.

It could also be a defective slot or card as well. If you haven't tested each card (and possibly each of the PCI-E slots) separately, with the 260 in uninstall the driver and shutdown and switch the cards. Then reboot and see if Windows loads, and if it does then install the driver.

Ifthat works leave the 430 in and put the 260 back in in a different slot, boot up and see what happens.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2011   #7
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ezeht View Post
This mobo can not do sli- .
Yes it can,

Motherboard Models

Quote:
Additionally, the XFX X58i is the first motherboard to support either NVIDIA 3-Way SLI or ATI CrossFireX, which allows two or more discrete graphics cards to work together to improve system performance and creating a substantial visual gaming experience.
which is beside the point as you cannot run SLI with different model cards, and all rabeiler is I assume trying to do is run more than 2 monitors or use the GT 430 as a Physx card.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2011   #8
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

plug one of your monitors into the ASUS card and see if the login screen switched to that card.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2011   #9
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I feel bad, so I deleted this post
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 PC will not boot with 2nd pci-e video card installed




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
PC boot up one day. no network card installed? What?
is soldered onto motherboard how is not installed?? it not showing in device manager as a network adapater so i cant install a driver :( is my computer dead?? was working flawlessly the day before no problem. i dont want to reinstall windows because of a stupid network driver problem :(
Drivers
Lots of bluescreen since new video card (installed yesterday)
Upon installed my new video card gtx 760 4b I have experienced multiple bluescreens seemingly at random SF diagnostic zip file attached. any help would be appreciated Im stumped
BSOD Help and Support
Installed new video card, but PCI Serial Port is marked/ drivers?
My new card is not working. The CD that came with it doesn't even recognize my new PCI card. It's a DVI, and I have a DVI dual to VGA piece where it can turn the DVI output into VGA. I thought perhaps it had arrived DOA from e-bay, until....I went into Device Manager. Problem is, in my Windows 7...
Graphic Cards
Re-installed Windows7. Video card not detected :( geforce 560ti
Hello Everyone, First of all I would like to introduce myself; I go by Paas, and I'm currently in Austria after being in Florida for 5 years. I want to thank all of you in advance, for taking your time to help resolve my problem.:) Yesterday I got a PC from a colleague once I started up the...
Graphic Cards
Installed new video card now no boot and no beeps
I've been building and upgrading PCs for a while and never had this happen before. Any help would be great! I'm running on an Intel DP55WB motherboard with a PCIe 2.0 x16 I pulled the old Radeon 4600 series video card and put in a XFX Radeon HD 6770. When I try to boot it up, the lights and...
Graphic Cards
Installed Win7 with old video card. Bought new
I installed Win7 just fine. The video card on that computer is old, a Radeon 8500. No drivers exist for Vista or Win7. Win7 used the default VGA drivers. I purchased a new video card, a GeForce 6600, which has Win7 driver support. I installed the new video card. The bios screen comes up and...
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:57.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App