I just finished building my new PC with the following specs:
Abit P35 Pro motherboard
Intel Q6600 Quad Core processor
3GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 RAM
WD Raptor 150GB HD
Seasonic S12 650W Power Supply
Windows XP SP2
For my graphics card, I have selected the NVidia Quadro NVS 440. I have two of them.
My monitor is an HP LP1965 19" LCD.
Here's my problem:
When I install the NVS 440 card into the PCIe slot and try to boot up windows, I get a blank screen. I know windows is booting properly, including loading my desktop, I JUST CAN'T SEE IT. The last thing I see before the screen goes blank is the windows splash screen.
So I went out and bought a PNY NVidia GeForce FX5200. When I remove the NVS 440 from the PCIe slot and replace it with the FX5200 (which goes in a regular PCI slot), the comptuer boots, I can see the screen, windows loads, and I'm ready to go, no problems whatsoever.
In addition, I bought a PNY NVidia GeForce 7300 GS, which goes in a PCIe slot. Again, when I removed the NVS 440 and put the 7300 into the same slot, the computer POSTs, boots, loads and displays my Windows desktop, and then displays the "New Hardware Wizard". Exactly what you would expect to happen.
I am using the latest BIOS from Abit. I'm using the latest everything, considering I built it this past weekend. I've also updated windows with all patches and service packs, etc.
Since everything works with the FX5200 AND the GeForce 7300GS, I know Windows isn't corrupted. And since it is a new build, it isn't an issue of old/incompatible drivers.
I did NOT install the FX5200 or the 7300GS drivers.
I checked the bios and the PCIEx is set to be the primary display card. The only other option in the BIOS is PCI.
I checked the motherboard, and the auxiallary power for the PCIe slots is plugged in.
I have my RAM set at 2.2V and 4-4-4-12 timing, which is the recommended setting according to Crucial.
When dealing with the NVS 440, I am plugging my monitor into the primary port of the graphics card (the one furthest away from the motherboard), and have my monitor plugged into the primary jack (labeled "1") on the required splitter (DMS-59 to dual DVI-I cable; PNY part # 91004086).
What could be the problem? Is the NVS 440 incompatible with my motherboard? Could the cards be faulty? Is it a voltage issue that I need to adjust in the BIOS? An interrupt level incompatibility? Not enough of a power supply (unlikely, considering they are 2-d cards)?
Should I try installing the NVidia drivers and THEN install the NVS 440?
Finally, it seems I am not the only one to have this issue:
The common link between this fellow and myself is that we are both using Quadro NVS cards and HP flat panel monitors. I have asked him for the other specs on his machine and will let you know when I get them.
Any help you guys can provide will mean the world to me. There is nothing more aggravating than looking at $900 worth of graphics cards sit on my desk and not inside my computer.