- Joined: 3/11/2012
X58 Classified 3, Radeon works, but not NVIDIA
Sunday, March 11, 2012 5:19 AM
I replaced the motherboard in a friends computer with a X58 Classified 3. And am replacing Vista x64 with Win7 x64. It has a MSI N260GTX NVIDIA video card which worked fine in Vista. Upon installing Win7, the install would quit and hang in the very final stages of installing every time. In order to complete a install I had to remove the card and put in a Asus Radeon HD6570 card I have. Once I had Win7 installed I put the NVIDIA card back in. It would boot fine with Win7s generic VGA driver, but as soon as I would install any NVIDIA driver Win7 would hang on startup at the colored orb windows flag screen. I tried every version available NVIDIA and MSI/NVIDIA and the Windows update NVIDIA drivers with the card and none of them would work. I also tried various BIOS configurations. And with the v82 BIOS that came with the motherboard and the updated v83 BIOS.
Finally I moved the card to the second PCIE slot, and it worked fine with the NVIDIA drivers installed. Now normally I would say, "ok the first slot is bad", but the Radeon card works just fine in the first PCIE slot.
Which brings me to my question. Is the first slot actually bad, or is there some kind of BIOS problem that has yet to be fixed that keeps the NVIDIA card from working in the first PCIE slot when NVIDIA drivers are installed?
Now let me add to this that the internet is rife with people having problems with various NVIDIA cards combined with various motherboards, combined with Win7 hanging when installing and/or starting up Win7.