Just so you know, I haven't tinkered with my desktop for a long time. And for that long time, I always thought I know "the" shit when it comes to hardware. "I know what I'm doing, motherfucker!", I always thought to myself. The universe was about to bitch-slap me seven ways to Tuesday.
|The 12v source I forgot to plug-in|
Ohhhh, I felt good, godlike even. Then it happen, none of my games would play. WTF! No just play, it even crashed my whole box. Tried it twice just to make sure, then got on the internet for some answers.
1. Hacked games config file - didn't take
2. Downgraded driver - fail
3. Moved card to another slot (got a SLI-ready motherboard) - also failed
I started to believe that I got a bad card until I stumbled into this hardware forum which from the looks of it was mostly Chinese. This guy basically said, "Hey asshole, did you plug in the 12v source?" He was right, I was an asshole, I didn't know that the new cards needed a 12v source. I always thought they all draw power from the PCI-E rail.
Moral is "READ THE GODDAMN MANUAL".