This is my PC config:

  • Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2
  • i3 2100 CPU
  • 2 x 4GB Adata DDR3 RAM
  • 300 Watt SMPS (PSU)
  • 160 GB Adata SSD
  • 500 GB SATA 5400RPM Seagate
  • 40 GB SATA 5400RPM Samsung

I have been using this PC for over a year, with absolutely no issues. I decided to add a graphics card so I could hook up another monitor to extend my display.

I got a Zotac geforce gt 610 synergy edition 2GB, hooked it up but when I tried to start the pc it just showed me the motherboard logo screen. nothing after that. When I tried to boot again a couple of times it gave me a 1 long beep and 2 short beeps.

My system uses an AMI Bios where 1 long 2 short beeps means:

Failure in video system: a checksum error was encountered in video BIOS ROM, or a horizontal retrace failure has been encountered.

Q: Is this because of my PSU?

I am not sure, because the card specifications say min 300 Watts PSU (and max 29 Watt used), and I have that.

Also my motherboard has only one PCIe x16

I tried removing the graphics card and going back to my onboard graphics, the strange thing that I see is, it just waits on the Motherboard logo, until I press F12 and select the hard disk to boot too.

  • Did you try reseating the video card? – FastEthernet Sep 6 '15 at 11:50
  • @DavidPostill You may want to reread that ;) "1 long beep and 2 short beep:Graphic card error" – FastEthernet Sep 6 '15 at 11:58
  • @FastEthernet Oops. Yes I misread it. Your comment is correct. I Will delete mine ;) – DavidPostill Sep 6 '15 at 12:02
  • @DavidPostill i edited the question to add a few more details. – Asif Balgar Sep 6 '15 at 12:07
  • @AsifBalgar It sounds as if either the new card has a problem, or the PCIe connector or the copper traces to it are damaged, or the card is not properly seated in the connector. Thus: 1) Try removing and reseating the card. 2) Try another card in the same x16 slot. 3) Try the card in another system. PS: That card draws a maximum of 29 Watt. Your PSU should be more than capable of supplying that. – Hennes Sep 6 '15 at 12:19

I came across posts in forums where some users experienced trouble getting their graphics cards with the AMI F7 BIOS, which was exactly what I was using.

Updated the BIOS to F9 and it started to work!

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