First post, by Kahenraz
I have been expanding my video card collection recently and have come across a frustrating reoccurrence within my testing. Sometimes cards which are perfectly functional on one system will refuse to work on another. But this isn't just random; the boards that have problems are always consistent with which cards they reject.
For example, I have a set of "problem" cards that when paired with either my ASUS P2B v1.10 Slot 1 Intel 440BX or my ASUS P2E-M Slot 1 440EX motherboard will produce BIOS error beeps indicating that no video card is connected. This is not necessarily the age of the chipset however. All of these cards work fine in an even older Socket 7 430TX motherboard.
The range of cards I've found this problem to exist spans many years. Cards which I've identified the problem include an NVIDIA Rival TNT2 m64, GeForce FX 5200, GeForce GT610, and a recently manufactured ATI Rage 128 XL, as pictured below. I have encountered a few others but this is a short list of cards I can remember offhand.
This not necessarily limited to PCI cards as I have one example of an AGP card failing to work on these boards but working fine in another even when it should be an identical model. I have also experienced similar issues with PCIe cards failing to work in one motherboard but working fine in another.
Whether the same result is due to the same problem among PCI, AGP, and PCIe video cards, it's very frustrating whenever I encounter this issue but one thing is for certain. Don't throw away a card without testing it on other systems.
Does anyone have any experience to share on this subject or any knowledge about what could be causing this problem?