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Here is the setup:

  • Old Intel motherboard (DG33FB) with PCI-X 1.0
  • 2 GB DDR2 system memory
  • 580 W PSU
  • Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz

Here are the observations*:

  • I had thought there was no POST or BIOS but if I press F2 even without seeing, BIOS does show up. POST and BIOS screens are invisible.
  • System hangs after BIOS with code on the bottom left "0_".
  • The GPU and PSU are fine based on my visit to the store I bought the GPU at.

I don't want to recklessly spend more money for desperate fixes.

Is is possible that it isn't booting because it's having conflict with the GPU drivers?

Please help. Thanks.

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Do you have multiple ram sticks? If so try pulling one and booting. Then switch. Also try w no video and listen for post tone. –  meteorainer Apr 25 '13 at 16:51
    
No. It's just the one 2 GB. The system boots fine with a different GPU (GT 220) but with the same RAM config so I think it will do fine even with integrated graphics. –  kelvinilla Apr 25 '13 at 17:06
    
It's done. I've avoided it completely. I had them replace the motherboard with one that worked. I don't know what had been the problem. –  kelvinilla May 1 '13 at 17:03

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Ive seen ram do wierder things. In this case you are prob looking at the video card as the culprit. Possibly the controller. I recently had to add a usb pci card to my machine because the onboard hub has failed.

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If it were the RAM would my old GPU setup not work either? I updated my observations: the GPU is actually working fine. –  kelvinilla Apr 27 '13 at 13:04

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