Topic Title: ATI Powercolor 7970 won't display on install
Topic Summary: Black screen is displayed during boot up and computer never really boots.
Created On: 02/12/2013 11:30 PM
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 02/12/2013 11:30 PM
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Graphics Card
- PowerColor HD 7970
- No overclocking

AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History
- N/A I cannot get this far

Operating System
- Win 7 64-Bit

Motherboard or System Make & Model
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5

Power Supply

- Cool Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W Model: RSA00-80GAD3-US / RS-A00-80GA-D3

Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
- HP 2711x Monitor
- Using the video connector that has to be screwed in. Sorry I don’t know the name of these.

Applications and Games

- N/A

CPU Details
- Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.2GHZ

Motherboard BIOS Version
- ALASKA – 1072009 Dual BIOS Capable

System Memory Type & Amount
- 16GB Corsair XMS3



Greetings all,

I recently had to send my old 7970 XfX back because it went bad. During the down time I started using my 5850 to be able to continue to use my system. When I got the replacement GPU 7970 PowerColor I made sure to wipe all the software for the 5850 and do a driver sweep.

To my extreme dismay, I am not able to get the new card to display anything. The computer appears to boot but I don’t think it goes past the BIOS message since when I press the power button it instantly shuts off. I have 2 slots to test the GPU on and neither of them are successful. My mother board is "Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5." I am currently back to using my 5850 until I can get the other one to work. I am writing this in hopes that I am missing something and I don’t have a faulty, brand new, card on my hands.

Further info: When attempting to run with the new 7970 I have no drivers installed. The 5850 boots fine without drivers or software but not the 7970. The Motherboard I have does not have on board graphics so I can’t do any diagnostics while the card is plugged into the system

Any help would be extremely appreciated,

Thank you,



Edited: 02/13/2013 at 12:41 AM by Kolzig
 02/12/2013 11:53 PM
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Please read the "PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING" and supply the basic information...especially the make and model of your power supply.


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 02/13/2013 01:20 AM
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Alpha Geek

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If you're sure the card is properly seated and the correct power is being supplied, it certainly sounds like a defective card.

You might want to try scrounging up a PC speaker and plugging it into the motherboard (orange backed pins on the front panel connector), so you can get a beep code.


 02/13/2013 09:42 PM
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There is an internal speaker and I usually get a beep when the system boots up. Right now with the new card I do not recieve any beeps.

 02/14/2013 12:04 AM
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Well then , if you put your 5k series card back into your PC. And the PC post and boots fine... Then you have a bad card. Which it certainly sounds like it is since your PC is not posting with that card installed.


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