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    Having trouble with graphics card

    I am having trouble with my graphics card, when ever i boot up my pc i get the following message:

    "The Nvidia system sentinel is reporting that Nvidia-powered graphics card is not receiving sufficient power.

    To protect hardware from potential damage or causing a potential system lockup, the graphics processor has lowered its performance to a level that allows continued safe operations."


    My card is a winfast a350 128mb AGP, i have tried different drivers but still the same, i can't even do a simple stress test or play games the card came with, the pc crashes and i get the blue screen message. i have a 600wat power supply.

    can anyone help, i actually have two of the same Graphic cards and they both do the same, so shouldn't be the graphics card.

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    Could be the power supply, not providing enough power to all your computer components

    Sounds like the cable if you have one from the Power supply should look like this if your graphics card has one is loose. Should look similar to this. It could also be faulty somewhere.

    http://www.hardwarezone.com/img/data/articles/2004/1192/08-agp-power_install.jpg

    If its not that you need to go into your motherboard settings and see if the 12V rail is stable should be in video settings.

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    Check the Molex-type power plug on the board has power.
    You are getting power to the AGP port as the card is booting then failing because it can't see the extra power from this connector.
    try a different power connector. could just be a loose connector.

    Original Poster

    thanks for all the input, i have connected the molex to the gpu and checked if its on correctly.

    The 12v is stable, i checked it using speenfan.

    i tried running the molex cable directly from the psu without anything else connected to it (took the cd-roms off)

    Original Poster

    J.Dance;4834808

    Could be the power supply, not providing enough power to all your … Could be the power supply, not providing enough power to all your computer components



    i have the following components in the pc(not a high tech pc mind you)

    2 x hhd's
    2 x cd-rom
    floppy
    and the winfast AGP GPU

    [COLOR="Blue"]EDIT: (im going to shutdown and check all the connections, so please fire away with suggestions and i'l be back in 2 mins)[/COLOR]

    dude786;4834926

    thanks for all the input, i have connected the molex to the gpu and … thanks for all the input, i have connected the molex to the gpu and checked if its on correctly. The 12v is stable, i checked it using speenfan.i tried running the molex cable directly from the psu without anything else connected to it (took the cd-roms off)



    I'd say that was a smart move.

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    Original Poster

    ok guys, the molex cable on the gpu was loose and now i can run the stress test and the message doesn't appear anymore.

    So that is solved, but i am 100% sure i had it plugged in when i first had the issue of not being able to play games, but that time i had a different driver, the latest 1 from nvidia, do you think the driver could of caused this issue(not the message but the pc crashing and games not playing).

    i am running the driver that came with the card from retail(must be old driver) and my concern is that if I get a newish game to play, would the driver be too old?

    (oh and reps for everyone, thanks)

    dude786;4835100

    ok guys, the molex cable on the gpu was loose and now i can run the … ok guys, the molex cable on the gpu was loose and now i can run the stress test and the message doesn't appear anymore.So that is solved, but i am 100% sure i had it plugged in when i first had the issue of not being able to play games, but that time i had a different driver, the latest 1 from nvidia, do you think the driver could of caused this issue(not the message but the pc crashing and games not playing).i am running the driver that came with the card from retail(must be old driver) and my concern is that if I get a newish game to play, would the driver be too old?(oh and reps for everyone, thanks)



    One of those things.

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    Original Poster

    Adam2050;4835158

    One of those things.Ad



    lol, true, but do you think the driver will cause issues in newer games?

    Likely it just run crap.

    Just upgrade the driver when needed.

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    Original Poster

    thanks
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