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2017/10/10 10:43:54 (permalink)
Hello Everyone.
 
I built a computer five years ago with the help of Tom's Hardware.  It has worked great.  Windows 7 machine.
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 motherboard and 
EVGA GeForce GT 630 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
 
About two months ago, if I was to leave my machine running over night - in the morning the monitors would not respond - just black.  So I would reboot.  Then I started getting - One Long Beep and Three Short beeps after POST.  ASUS manual diagnostic is VGA not Detected.
 
To get the system to boot up - I just keep powering up until it works. Last weekend I replaced my PSU with the Corsair 450W CX450 - I had previously used a Corsair 430.  It didn't do the trick.

I cleaned out the inside and re-seated the Nvidia GeForce GT 630Card. Thought it worked at first but started getting beeps again.
 
So I figure I'll try a new Video Card.  Can you guys recommend a comparable card - the 630 is not available on New Egg.  I use two monitors.
No gaming just browsing and excel work.....

Thanks in Advance
Peter
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    Sajin
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/10 11:21:01 (permalink)
    Is your motherboard bios completely up to date? If no, I'd highly recommend you update your motherboard bios first before buying a new video card as a bios update may resolve your issue.


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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/10 13:32:29 (permalink)
    The BIOS Version on my ASUS motherboard is AMI 1709 - 5/2/2013
     
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/10 13:43:55 (permalink)
    Latest bios is 2701.


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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/10 17:49:21 (permalink)
    Do you know the specific part number of your GT 630? Some of them had different configurations of video outputs, so knowing the part number would be helpful for recommendations. Also, please let us know what video connectors both your monitors use (DVI, HDMI, etc.)

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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/11 05:42:30 (permalink)
    Yes the Model # of my GT 630 is 02G-P3-2639-KR.  I have two DVI Monitors.  Thanks.
     
    Sajin - thanks for the follow up on the BIOS - I will try that today. 
    The only time I updated a BIOS I did it with a machine that was booting normally. 
    Hopefully that will do the job!
     
     
     
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/11 10:09:46 (permalink)
    Looks like the closest replacement to your GT 630 would be a GT 710 linked HERE. It is one of the few cards left that still has two DVI connectors and is great for office tasks or web browsing.

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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/11 10:27:22 (permalink)
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    Sajin - thanks for the follow up on the BIOS - I will try that today. 

    No problem. Report back on how it goes. 


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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/11 13:03:47 (permalink)
    Thanks Adam - it looks like a good match for my machine.  Going to try the BIOS update first but have no problem laying out $55 if it fixes my problem!
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/12 05:35:13 (permalink)
    I just reset the BIOS this morning to AMI 2701  (3/24/2016) will see if I lose connection to my monitors overnight.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/13 05:13:55 (permalink)
    I didn't leave my system on overnight because it was critical I had my machine operating today so I shut it down.  However, I have rebooted  numerous times since my BIOS upgrade and I have a strong feeling that may have fixed my issue!  I will check in on the weekend.  
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/13 18:28:18 (permalink)



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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/14 09:11:29 (permalink)
    It looks like the BIOS update may have worked.  My monitors did not disconnect overnight.  Thanks Everyone.
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/14 13:04:49 (permalink)
    Asus Update should have advised you over time of new BIOS updates.
     


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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/14 13:21:13 (permalink)
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    It looks like the BIOS update may have worked.  My monitors did not disconnect overnight.  Thanks Everyone.





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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/15 07:00:08 (permalink)
    Spoke to soon.....back to One Long, Three Short Beeps with no monitors this morning.  Bummer. 
    If I keep rebooting I can get it going eventually but that won't last forever.  
    Likely go with new Video Card since Diagnostic's indicate VGA NOT DETECTED.
    Is it likely my motherboard is ok since it took the BIOs update.  The card is only $60
    Thoughts - Suggestions?
    Thanks
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/15 07:57:08 (permalink)
    Try the card in another pci-e slot.


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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/15 08:51:05 (permalink)
    My MA597 ASUS Motherboard has a second PCIe 2.0 x 16 Slot.  I currently use the blue one which is labeled as x16 speed.  The other slot (black one) is rated as x4 speed.  But I'm not gaming.  There are two other slots but they are won't fit my card - too small?  I'll try the Black Slot.
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/15 09:19:33 (permalink)
    Just swapped card into black slot.  Browsing seems slower but maybe I am looking for it.  Will leave monitors on overnight and see if I get disconnected.  I did remove a fair amount of dust from the blades of the card fan and gave it a blast of air.  Will report back.  Thanks
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/16 07:34:26 (permalink)
    Morning Everyone.
    As indicated the swap of the Video Card to the PCIe 2.0 x 4 Slot did allow me to operate fine.  But unfortunately it hasn't fixed my monitor disconnection problems after a prolonged period of non-use ~ 8 hours or so.  The system is 5 years old - so the Video Card and ASUS motherboard are the same age.  As noted I already replaced the PSU.  Any other tests I should run to check the motherboard or the video card?  I'm just trying to think logically why the disconnection would occur.  What might occur on the Video Card - to force a decoupling?  Bad memory?
     
    Anyway - open for suggestions - really appreciate all the insight to date.  I can always get past the beeps and the system to boot (as I am using it now) by cycling the power a bunch of times.  Interestingly, if I formally shut down my machine - I don't seem to get the problem (I think).  Ok.....
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/16 07:49:23 (permalink)
    Try reproducing the issue by testing the card in another system.


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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/16 08:55:10 (permalink)
    Sajin - 
    I am the only person I know with a desktop - seriously.  So that will be hard.  Everyone in my universe seems to own Apple laptops.
    If you had to guess - is it more likely that it is the components on the card that are the issue - than the motherboard? 
    Maybe I should view 5 years with my ASUS motherboard as a good run. $65 for a card won't kill me but I hate buying parts that end up going unused......
    Tough call.
     
     
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    Re: Replace GeForce GT 630 Card 2017/10/16 12:30:24 (permalink)
    Hard to say if it's the motherboard or the video card. Testing the card in a different pc will tell you which one is causing the issue. If a different video card works fine in your system then the old 630 was the issue.


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