Can my video card be too powerful for my monitor?

Posted on 2004-08-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
I recently bought an eVGA Nvidia Personal Cinema FX5600 256MB card.  Powerfull card
when i install the card and power up, it starts to go through the boot routine and then the monitor goes to sleep or power saving mode.  I have tested it on 2 monitors known to work a Dell 770s and a NEC multisync xv 17+.  It happens on both.
I have the latest BIOS and the card is WHQL-certified.  Onlything I can come up with is that the card is too powerful for the monitor and the monitor saves itself by shutting off, or the card is defective.

Is it possible that the monitor is just not capable of keeping up with card?
Is there a way to slow down the card w/ jumpers so I can at least boot and adjust
Question by:benk-master-flash
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ID: 11884313
It's more likely the resolution is too high, or the refresh rate is too high.  Boot into safe mode and delete the driver - when it reboots, it should try to reinstall the driver and you can choose lower settings.  Once you go too high, you won't be able to see anything, so check what the limits are for your monitor.

Author Comment

ID: 11884559
i see this "boot into safe mode" phrase a lot.  the monitor goes to sleep before I can press DEL to enter setup.  I must be missing something?  Is there some other safe mode, I assume you mean windows XP safe mode?
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ID: 11884762
Yes, I mean XP safe mode.  Are you able to see the BIOS display, or anything else on the screen?
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Author Comment

ID: 11884872
I can see maybe 90% of the POST, but before boot or before the computer can display the BIOS SETUP UTILITY the monitor enters a powersave/sleep mode and I cannot see anything so I cannot configure any further.  If I put in a PCI card it all works fine normal boot up no problemo.
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Callandor earned 125 total points
ID: 11885726
I think it's defective, then.  The card should at the very least show you the Windows logo on bootup, because that is still VGA mode.

Author Comment

ID: 11902220
I think you are right.  I installed a different AGP card of similar performance capabilities and it worked right out of the box.  I have returned the aforementioned card and am awaiting a new one.  I will post the results with the new card in a few days.  I hope it was the particular card and not the product.

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