Well first off let me explain the situation.
I've been on a p3 with a 16mb video card for half a decade now, so over the past two months i stockpiled up the newest parts and, having all the needed parts, put it together last night. This upgrade includes, but is not too:
-AMD Athlon XP 3200+
-a7v880 asus motherboard
-2x512 Kingston 180-pin DDR
So last, but not least, i popped in the ATI Radeon 9600Pro 256mb card that came in just last night. The installation was slicker than ice, connected all the jumpers and etc, the problem i ran into, was when i booted the box up. No video came on. The monitor acted as if it was in a "sleep" mode. Just sat there blinking, telling me it knew it was connected, but there was no signal coming through.
I took the most logical choice of action, and I must've reseated the card at least 10 times to no avail. After that I took the motherboard out, thinking it was a grounding problem, because more times than not bad grounding can cause these kind of problems - no luck.
The monitor works fine with the other computer I own, so I assume plugging it into another monitor would be a waste of time. Realize, this box has never been booted up before up until now, everything is off the shelf, including the hdd, so I assume there are no drivers loaded onto the machine. Before I purchased the card, I talked to various techs and checked out various sites; the card is compatible with the asus motherboard.
What makes this all the more ironic, is the fact that the 9600Pro does the same thing on that old p3 of mine. I get the same effect when I put the old GeForce 16mb in the new, upgraded box. The old card works fine with the old computer though.
So I ask, what is the problem? I assume it has something to do with drivers or some BIOS setings, and I would install the drivers from the disk included with the card, if I could have some sort of visual. Like I said, the monitor just sits there like it's in standby, and it's giving me complete [bleep].
Thanks for the help.