Graphics Card Shorting Out My Motherboard

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by JohnVM, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. JohnVM

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    Hey Guys,

    I've had this ongoing issue for about six months now where my graphics card seems to short out my whole motherboard/pc. If it's not positioned JUUUUST right, when I try to turn on the PC it just shorts out and I have to power down the power supply, jiggle the card, and then try again. Usually after a couple times it works. Also, it seems to primarily be an issue only when initially booting the PC -- once it's turned on, it seems to work (mostly) fine. I'm posting from the PC right now.

    The graphics card is screwed in fully/tight. The motherboard is as well. I have tried just about everything I can think of on this issue -- I've changed both motherboards, computer cases, and graphics card trying to fix this problem and it still seems to be happening.

    This leads me to thinking I'm doing something really dumb that's causing this.

    Has anyone seen an issue like this where a graphics card will cause such a bad short like this? Do I need to put like washers inbetween my mobo and case or something?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. crazyhandpuppet

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    Have you tried running the system outside of the case? Also, since you've tried switching the case, MB and VC, have you checked your Power Supply?