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    Is it probably the video card?

    My dad's computer died earlier in the week so I suggested he get a motherboard, CPU and RAM bundle at MicroCenter. The MB is an ECS P45P-A, a Celeron 430 and 1GB Crucial Memory PC-5300 DDR2. Video card is EVGA 6200LE PCI-E card. When I put the system together and powered it on there was no video, but strangely no beeps either. Think his speaker is dead. In any case I ended up taking it back to my place and put the video card in my system.
    When I turned it on I got display along with a long, non-stop beep. I put my card back in and everything was OK. Put his card back in and the same thing: display but long non-stop beep. I removed one stick of RAM same problem. I also went into the BIOS and changed the frame size to 256 and then to disabled, no dice.
    Does this sound like a video card problem or is there something else I should check? He really needs to get this computer back up ASAP.
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    This is a very low end video card and I think you have diagnosed it properly. Try another video card.

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    if you tested the card in 2 systems and it still wouldn't work, then it's the video card.

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    Thanks guys. Just wanted to make sure all the bases were covered here. I know it's a very low end card but since my dad only uses it for surfing and office apps then it's more than enough. This time around I'll get something a little better than this. Thanks again.
    Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3 | AMD X2 5400 Windsor 2.8GHz | 4X 1G G.Skill DDR800 | Sapphire 4850 512MB | 3X 320Gig Seagate Barracuda SATA | Corsair HX520 PSU | Asus E616A3T DVD-ROM| Pioneer DVR-116 | Logitech G7 | Nostromo n52 | Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer |Creative Gigaworks T20 | Samsung 226BW 22" | Acer 1917LA 19" |Dual booting XP Pro SP3 and Vista Ultimate 64 bit

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    For those uses I would have used a motherboard with the AMD 690G or 780G or the Nvidia 6100/6150/7050 chipset. The onboard video would be good enough for his uses, and at the low end the cpu would not matter, AMD or Intel, in this case AMD in order to get the best onboard video.

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    Geez, that motherboard model was CRAP!!!. Took it back to MicroCenter and replaced it TWICE and both times it was the same thing: No POST, no video, no nothing. Their policy was that I could only exchange it for the same motherboard or send it it. I finally got someone there to let me exchange it for a different one. I got another ECS motherboard model with onboard video and this one worked just fine.
    After I did a search on that particular model seems that it was very prone to the problems I was having. A lesson learned. Thanks for your help again!
    Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3 | AMD X2 5400 Windsor 2.8GHz | 4X 1G G.Skill DDR800 | Sapphire 4850 512MB | 3X 320Gig Seagate Barracuda SATA | Corsair HX520 PSU | Asus E616A3T DVD-ROM| Pioneer DVR-116 | Logitech G7 | Nostromo n52 | Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer |Creative Gigaworks T20 | Samsung 226BW 22" | Acer 1917LA 19" |Dual booting XP Pro SP3 and Vista Ultimate 64 bit

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