Hi all, first-poster nooblet here so I apologize in advance if anything I write makes you roll your eyes.. which it probably will.
I installed a used Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 that I bought on the cheap from a co-worker, but couldn’t get any sort of boot to happen with the card in (build here). Frustrated, over-eager, and a bit tipsy, I tried booting without 8-pin power plugged in to the card, since it didn’t seem to fit well (I realized later that I was trying to use the wrong 8-pin connecter at this point, 4+4 instead of 6+2). With only the 6-pin in, I finally got the “WINDFORCE” logo on the card to light up, but my joy only lasted about 5 seconds, at which point there was a click/pop noise and the card’s light went out.
Almost immediately after that I realized my mistake with 4+4 vs. 6+2, but using the right power – or even just the 6-pin like before – now has no effect; the computer uses the onboard graphics card as if the 970 isn’t present at all, and there’s no light/fan response from the card. Attempts to install the Win10 64-bit driver for the card (from here) results in the error “This graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware”. I’ve tried on a fresh Win10 install, and no difference. I’ve also disassembled and reassembled the card to look for signs of damage on the circuit board, but didn’t see any busted capacitors/leaking goo/burnt-looking areas. Everything works fine with my old graphics card reinstalled.
Any ideas before I toss the thing into the oven?
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