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X800 XL No Worky in Top PCIe Slot


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Are there any reasons why my MSI X800 XL won't work in the top x16 PCIe slot? I've tried it with the (stock) 3/10 BIOS at first, but it wouldn't boot. The system just stayed at 3 LED's. I tried the second x16 PCIe slot and amazingly, it booted. After I installed WinXP and the latest catalyst drivers, along with, .NET 1.1, I proceeded to a BIOS flash. It worked out fine and just now I attempted to try it again in the top x16 PCIe slot with no avail. :confused:

 

All power connections on the motherboard are connected and the jumpers are set for single card mode. I'm asking because I don't want my X800 XL gasping hard for air when those two PCI slots get filled.

 

Thanks in advance. :)

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do you have all 4 power connectors attached to motherboard?

 

Yes, I'm definite that the four power connectors are attached to the mobo.

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Nope, this is my only PCIe card. I've got my PCI cirrus logic card that I can use to troubleshoot further with, but I've already used it for that purpose. I tried these combinations:

 

X800 XL top slot - No POST

X800 XL bottom slot - POST

PCI card in top most PCI slot and X800 XL in top slot - No POST

PCI card in bottom most PCI slot and X800 XL in bottom slot - POST

 

I'm 100% certain the card is pushed in all the way.

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I have an ATI x800xl and had the exact same problem...all I could figure to do was leave it in the bottom slot. However, even if my top slot worked, i think the card bears down on the chipset fan, which I don't want to mess with. Although this doesn't help, at least you know it's not a fluke with your board....

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Did you make sure the jumpers are set right? Mine came set for the top slot but i guess its possible for it to get shipped setup for lower slot.

 

Are there any jumpers that allows this? The only jumper I can see that relates to this are the SLI jumpers, but that's a longshot.

 

I have an ATI x800xl and had the exact same problem...all I could figure to do was leave it in the bottom slot. However, even if my top slot worked, i think the card bears down on the chipset fan, which I don't want to mess with. Although this doesn't help, at least you know it's not a fluke with your board....

 

I've noticed the same tension on the chipset HSF, so I was a bit worried about that too. Anyway, thanks for the reassuring comment! :)

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