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Windows 7: 2nd Video Card Issue

20 Aug 2013   #1
Sarris

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
2nd Video Card Issue

I'm running two video cards with three monitors. The main one is an Asus Nvidia 440GT and the secondary is a Zotac Nvidia GT 610. Both use the same driver.

My problem is that the Zotac card refuses to start on the first boot of the day. I restart and it initializes flawlessly until the next morning. Same thing every morning.

Now, to me, this sounds like a bad solder joint that won't connect cold. The boys in Pakistan want me to reinstall windows and all 135 programs as well as a 4 hour diagnostic session. I said bullshit. I'll replace the $50 card before I piss away several days rebuilding an otherwise perfectly functioning machine.

I'm not a gamer, and I know these are not high end video cards, but they do what I need done.

Does anyone else concur, or have any suggestions. Or.. do you think my assessment is correct and I should just replace the card.


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21 Aug 2013   #2
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Give the oven trick some thought. If it kills the card you are going to replace it anyway.
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21 Aug 2013   #3
Sarris

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Does it sound like a bad solder joint to you?

Also, could you guide me on instructions for the oven method.

It seems like opinions are like feet, everyone has 2.

Thanks;

Sarris
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21 Aug 2013   #4
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I'd reseat the card in its slot, or even try it in a different slot. You might also try turning the BIOS fast boot setting off as a test and disable Windows fast boot option as a test. If you are overclocking go back to stock speeds.
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22 Aug 2013   #5
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

I would go to one better card and dump them both.

2 cards, not the same, in a system, is not recommended.

If you need a really long explanation as to why, we can go there.

I'd look for 2 gigs+ RAM on the new card, some good cards available for sub $150 that will be a nice improvement.

Consider your monitor connectors when shopping or you may have wind up spending more than you want on 'adapters'.
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22 Aug 2013   #6
Sarris

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sarris View Post
I'm running two video cards with three monitors. The main one is an Asus Nvidia 440GT and the secondary is a Zotac Nvidia GT 610. Both use the same driver.

I'll replace the $50 card before I piss away several days rebuilding an otherwise perfectly functioning machine.

I'm not a gamer, and I know these are not high end video cards, but they do what I need done.
I'm happy with what I have and everything functions as it should except for the first boot of the day. Both are Nvidia based with the same driver. I'm not asking for new hardware suggestions, just a recommendation to repair my issue.

Thanks anyway.
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22 Aug 2013   #7
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

The thing is, it's not. [functioning as it should]

+You are begging for worse problems:

In a nutshell:

2 different video cards strains your other parts: motherboard in particular.

Just a friendly warning.... it's fact.

Otherwise I'd be doing it. muhahaha!
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22 Aug 2013   #8
Sarris

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

One more time. Everything worked fine for 16 weeks, then the issue appeared.

A solder joint has failed. Let's not make a mountain out of a mole hill.

Have a nice day.
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22 Aug 2013   #9
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

That was constructive, not suppose to be an argument, you choose to ignore advice at your PC part peril.

16 weeks as a bragging point, doesn't really cut it.

Other things to consider: are cooling in that case, and have you ever replaced the thermal paste on the video cards?
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22 Aug 2013   #10
Sarris

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sir, I'm trying to be as polite as possible, but go away. I'm finished with this discussion.

Have a nice day.
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