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Old 02-02-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default Dell 5400 giving me the middle finger.

I'm working on a Dell T5400 xeon workstation. The client wants to do use duel monitors. Well with dell and it's mighty graces won't let you do it (though it a 6-800 dollar card). The drivers on windows xp pro and ATI catylist are conflicting with each other, which prevent the user from doing duel monitors.

Now the fun begins...

I replace the video card with an Nvidia 9400gt and works like a dream, but i have two issues.

First is when the machine is turned off and turned it back on. I have to like jump start it. I have to repeatedly hit the power-on button to get it to work. After 5-10 tries it will work.

Second issue is the machine take a good 2-4 minutes to "apply personal settings."

This is all with the new video card, but as soon as i put the ati card back in it works just fine. Powers on and off with out failure, and "apply personal settings" in seconds.

I called up Dell to see if they could give me any input and they just tell me to reformat. I called back three times and that is their solution to everything. Frankly, its not that easy. It's a multi-million dollar company and reformatting is the absolutely last resort. There are too many files and programs that have to be installed and set up. A day with out this machine is going to cost us and them money. Any thoughts?
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it seems like the power supply isnt powerful enough to handle the card. all u need to do is get a cheap PSU unit such as this you will be fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103428
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
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The video card is ATI FireGL V7600, which is about $500-$1k. The power supply can handle a cheap 80 pci-e card just fine. Its running at 875w.
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ohh i thought you were talking about the 9400gt not working properly...
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:19 PM   #5
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I am. The power supply is a dell 875w. The video card swapped in is a 9400gt. Its a low end card. The psu is fine.
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I am. The power supply is a dell 875w. The video card swapped in is a 9400gt. Its a low end card. The psu is fine.
are you sure that the power supply is 875 watts? i am even google searched and there is no such thing as a 875 watt power supply. Do you have your specs correct?
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dude hes right its 875 watts

http://www.dell.com/content/products...=04&l=en&s=bsd

try the card in a different comp.. give us your results
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i dont see anywhere where it says 875 watts.....
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Click the tech specs tab > scroll to dc power supply
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I would double check each of the connections inside of the tower. My friend runs an SLI 9800 GTX system and has the same problem with starting it up sometimes.
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