Built New PC, monitor stays in Power Save

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Monitors' started by Sixtus, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Sixtus

    Sixtus New Member

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    So I just built a PC with the following specs;
    - AMD Athlon x4 860k CPU
    - Gigabyte F2A78M-HD2 Motherboard
    - HyperX Fury DDR3 8GB RAM
    - EVGA 400W Power Supply
    - GeForce MSI GTX 1050 GPU
    - 1TB Hard Drive

    Every time I boot up my PC, the fans start spinning, lights turn on, everything inside is running nicely. But when I hook up to my monitor (using a DVI) it automatically enters power saving mode.

    I've tried cleaning the RAM, correcting the wires, taking out the GPU, switching the DVI cable around, taking out the motherboard battery and putting it back in. Almost everything every thread has told me to do, and I'm kind of losing hope.

    Can anyone help?
     
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  2. Sixtus

    Sixtus New Member

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    I am using a DVI Cable, not VGA**
     
  3. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Did you use the standoffs between motherboard and case? And put them in the correct spots? Have you tried building it outside of the case to make sure it wasn't shorting out?
     
  4. Sixtus

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    On another forum someone said that could be a problem, but I didn't really look into that. The PC would be able to power on if it was shorting?
     
  5. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes it could very easily.
     
  6. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure you hooked up the power connectors to your GPU correctly? Can you hear the HDD being accessed? Also check to make sure the GPU is fully seated. Have you tried connecting the monitor to the video connector on the motherboard as well as the GPU? Do you know for sure the monitor is good?
     
  7. Sixtus

    Sixtus New Member

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    Yes I have made sure the gpu is seared correctly. Although, the PSU doesn’t directly connect to my GPU. I’ve hooked my laptop up to my monitor and it displays perfectly. As for the HDD, what would I need to hear to know it’s being accessed? And yes, I’ve also tried hooking the dvi to the motherboard and GPU even though my CPU has no integrated graphics.
     
  8. strollin

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    I think this is the problem. According to the MSI website, the card has a 6-pin power connector. Look at the top rear of the card and see if there is a 6-pin socket there. You'll need a 6-pin plug from the PSU to connect there and your GPU should power up then. I have a Gigabyte 1050 GPU and that's where my 6-pin connector is.

    BTW, the fact that your CPU doesn't have built-in graphics is irrelevant since that motherboard has built-in graphics.
     
  9. Sixtus

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    Just checked. No place for a 6 pin connector to plug into the GPU. It just directly plugs into the PCI slot on the motherboard and it powers on. The 6 pin from my GPU is just hidden in the back panel of the case.
     
  10. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    Look again. As you face the computer with the rear of the case on your left and the front of the case on your right, look along the top edge of the card on the end closest to the front of the case.

    You might try contacting tech support for your gpu and confirm with them whether there is a 6-pin connector.
     
  11. Sixtus

    Sixtus New Member

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    No connector. And I've also confirmed there isn't one with the MSI website.
     
  12. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

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    You must have a different 1050 card than what I looked at on their website because the specs specifically said it had a 6-pin connector.

    Good luck with your issue. Hope you get it sorted.
     
  13. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Some of the 1050 are slot powered. My stepdad's rig has a 1050Ti that is slot powered and has no external connector. It's lame since they don't really tell you, it's either there or isn't and varies across models.

    Do you have one of those little PC speakers that came in the box? If you hook that up to the speaker header near where you plugged in the case buttons to the motherboard there's some pins for it, it should give you beep codes that can help you identify what's wrong.

    It's also possible that an older BIOS revision like F1 came on the board out of the box and does not support that CPU. If you bought it from a local shop they should be able to upgrade it for you booting with an older CPU/APU like a 5400K
     
  14. Sixtus

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    For some odd reason, my motherboard is one of the few versions that has no place to plug in the speaker (I've checked online and in the manual). But I built my PC by using PC Part Picker, it told me everything was compatible. I reached out to MSI about the issue and they said I need to use a 550 Watt PSU, but according to PC Part Picker a 400W PSU should supply plenty enough power to the computer.
     
  15. Agent Smith

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    Yeah, my 1050 TI doesn't have a power connector. Thought it was weird and thought to myself they must have made major steps in energy resource usage for GPUs. Every GPU I ever used since 2006 up required and PSU connector. Although, I had a very old GPU in my Dell Dimension 4600 and it didn't use a power connector.
     
  16. Agent Smith

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    Yeah, I can confirm that the MOBO doesn't have a PC MOBO speaker by looking at the manual. Very odd. There's not even a LED readout on board.

    Once again. Have you made sure you are using the MOBO standoffs? If not, you are grounding the motherboard and there in lies your problem. If true, you may have damaged the MOBO already.
     
  17. a geforce lover

    a geforce lover New Member

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    does it post anything or is it just black screen and then the display turns off?
     
  18. Sixtus

    Sixtus New Member

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    To answer Smith's question, yes I have 5 standoffs under the motherboard. I'm 100% sure the bottom of the motherboard isn't touching the case, but the side of the motherboard, where the connectors come out of the back is pretty close to the case, but it's sturdy and shouldn't get to the point where it's directly connecting.

    And as for geforce, the monitor says "No Signal" before the DVI cable is connected but as soon as it connects to the PC, the monitor goes black immediately and then displays "Digital Power Save Mode" and goes into power save mode.
     
  19. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Have you tired removing the video card and just hooking up to the onboard video?
    Unfortunately, since he's using the 860K that cpu doesn't have integrated video on the die.


    @Sixtus The first thing you should do is try a different video card.
     
  20. Sixtus

    Sixtus New Member

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    Well what I failed to mention is that this is my first build, lol. What I have in the PC is the only stuff I have on hand, so I have no spare parts at all.
     

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