I tried to upgrade my cousins computer which were a Acer XC600. I looked at the small mini components and I thought to myself that these look exactly like those mini components which are actually available to buy everywhere so I thought some upgrades wouldn't be a problem at all. How wrong were I for thinking that way...
My cousin had Acer Aspire XC600 with components of:
Intel Core I5 3330 3.0 Ghz (Could not find more specific information regarding CPU in this ACER-setup)
VGA CARD RADEON HD7470 2GB SDDR3 64BIT DVI- I + HDMI LP
H61 INTEL 82579V GBE Motherboard ACER
MEMORY KINGSTON DDR3 2GB x2
Power Supply 220W
More information regarding the parts in this ACER build which we have can be found here PAGE 95-106:
What I wanted to do was to upgrade:
1. Power Supply to (Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze)
2. Graphics card to (Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB OC (Bonaire XTX))
3. Computer case to (Aerocool Strike X One)
I installed the old parts from the ACER ASPIRE XC600 in to the new computer case except the power supply and the graphics card. One important note here is that there is no input for monitor in to the motherboard because the HDMI and DVI input are close in black plastic cover and onboard graphics are automatic disabled. I've installed all cables needed for the computer and I've put in the power connector to the graphics card and when I start, the fans and everything starts up (computer fan, cpu fan, graphics card fan) but there is no sign of signal coming through to the monitors. I had two monitors to try and both did not work. I tried different cables DVI, the blue monitor cable, HDMI and I've tried to uncover the motherboard inputs and tried putting in the cables in there but with no success.
Of course, I uninstalled all old drivers and tried doing the same procedure but with no success there either. Computer starts up but the monitors are not showing any sign of signals coming through... My first thought is that the motherboard does not support a new GPU installment. I try to go in to the BIOS and see if there's something to change there. I find nothing of use except two things... "Advanced chipset configuration>Primary Video>Auto" (GREYED OUT, CAN NOT CHANGE VALUE), "Integrated Peripherals>Onboard Graphics Controller>Disabled" (GREYED OUT, CAN NOT CHANGE VALUE) so I'm stuck in BIOS and can't do anything with onboard graphics. I try to find solutions online about BIOS updates and so on but there's not any update which changes any settings in BIOS at all.
The only way I'm able to use the computer is if I change the graphics card to the old one which is why I am able to enter BIOS and look online for solutions. I have tried installing drivers from ACER website so that onboard graphics can be installed but the setups could never find any hardware or the right specifications. The only thing I have left to do is to CLEAR CMOS and configuring the ME on the motherboard. Do you guys have any advice or any insight on what I can do? I am stuck and I feel bad for my cousin who were so happy for his new parts. Any suggestions on what to do is very appreciated from both me and my cousin. Thank you.
Edit: One important note is that after the first starts of the computer with the new graphics card, everything was working wonderfully but with no monitor display at all. After some starts of the computer and some changes made to cables and so on, the computer starts and turns off directly after. I try to turn off the switch from the power supply side and I turn it on and immediately the computer starts and turns off again. I do the same procedure, over and over again but same thing happens. I now do the same procedure but try to press the switch button to start the computer from the front while the turn off/turn on thingy happens and the same thing continues to happens. It turns on and then turns off. I changed everything back to the old computer with the old cables and everything and the computer started to work again, no problem at all. I then took everything back to the new computer case with the new parts and it could start there again with no problem at all. Same thing happens one time again where the computer starts and turns off immediately after and I do the same procedure, changing it back to the old one and the computer works but I'm suspecting that it's a cable issue made by me somewhere which I haven't found yet but I don't think it has nothing to do with my first issue. I just think it's me plugging in maybe one cable at somewhere in the motherboard which the motherboard does not like or something like that but it is worth mentioning, if it helps.
Thank you for reading, if you did read it all. I appreciate it with all my heart.
Take care and have a great day, my friends.
Edited by Mortest, 04 January 2014 - 05:33 AM.