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Intel S5000PSL Server and EVGA Video Boards - System won't boot!!!

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My systems integrator built me a desktop system consisting of an Intel S5000PSL Motherboard, 2 X 5335 Quad Core Processors,  2 x 2GB 667MHZ DDR2 ECC CL5 FB Memory Modules + 2@ 74GB SATA Drives.   I purchased an EVGA 8500GT Video board ro support my video requirements. With or without disabling the on-board graphic, the system WILL NOT BOOT up. It give three short beeps and that is it.
The system boots up fine with the on-board graphics. EVGA calims it should work, Intel does not ahve it on it's list but has other Nvideo baords. Does anyone know whether this si an Intel Hardware issue, a bios issue or Video Card incompatibily? Before I run out and buy yet another board, I want to be certain that the video baord is the problem.

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LewisMK  
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From the specs of the server motherboard, the pci-e ports weren't intended for video cards. I would have the board swapped for a Workstation class board(link below), its basically a server board with support for graphics cards.
http://www.intel.com/design/servers/boards/S5000XVN/index.htm
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The problem was that when you have a two headed video card and only one monitor is attached, the system is looking for the second monitor. You must disable teh second monitor port in order to avoid naging the system at boot up
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Never ran into that issue before with any dual head video card running a single monitor. Where did you disable the 2nd port?
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Sorry, I misspoke:

There are two settings in the motherboard BIOS.  Enable or disable the dual monitor output & Enable or disable the onboard video.  Both of them have to be disabled. The problem was leaving the dual monitor output enabled.

In order for the video card to work we had to disable everything that controls the video and let the video card to do the job on its own.

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Ok, sounds like it was a compatibility issue between the onboard graphics and the 8500gt. Glad to hear its up and running.
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