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I just formatted my system and after installing my video drivers, the pop-up notification to enable SLI never showed up. When I go into the nVidia control panel, the option to enable SLI isn't there. I had SLI enabled prior to formatting my system, and I didn't touch any of my components at all. Is there another way to enable SLI on my system?
 

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If you are using Vista, make sure you have installed Service Pack 1. What drivers are you using? If they aren't the latest, have your tried the latest(177.83 I think).
 
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Yeah, I got Service Pack 1 installed. I've had the latest drivers installed prior to formatting my system and it gave me nothing but problems. I currently have 175.16 installed. Unless updating my drivers to the latest is the only issue, is there another way to enable SLI?
 
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I just uninstalled my 175.16 video drivers totally from my system with Driver Cleaner, and installed the latest 175.19 video drivers. But still no pop-up notification to enable SLI and still not available in nVidia control panel. I even tried installing a different SLI bridge but nothing.
 

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remove one card boot system (make sure sli stuff if any if enabled or auto in bios) after the system boots up shut it back down install the other card and boot up again.
 

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175.XX, thats your problem right there. The 175 drivers were shit, go get the 177.83 drivers.
 
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Okay, I just installed the 177.89 drivers and still the same thing.

After testing out my second video card by putting it in the first PCI express slot, I'm not able to see anything on my monitor and my EVGA 680i SLI A1 board displays a 50 error code. I looked in the manual and it says that the 50 error code means NVMM - Restore, and exit NVMM. What exactly does that mean? At least now I know that it isn't a driver issue but a hardware issue.
 

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unless they changed how they install...I had to instal 1 GPU run the driver install...reboot.

Then add the second card...driver install again...reboot.

Activate SLI in control panel
 
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Installed 1 card first, switching DVI output for your monitor until it display, and like Solaris17 said, start up Windows with 1 card first, then restart and put in the second card.
 
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Well, like what I said in my last post... I already tried installing the other card on the first PCI express slot and my system would make one long beep sound then won't boot up. The error code on my EVGA 680i SLI A1 mobo shows up as 50. I think that my second video card prematurely failed. Can I return it for an RMA with BFG Tech?
 
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You should if it's within warranty, if it's not just buy another from best buy or the egg, it really doesn't matter, install your new card and return the old one saying it doesn't work.
I know this isn't honest, but neither is the $$$ we dump into our hardware only to have it fail on us.
 

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If its not under warrenty i know the director of marketing at BFG and he has been willing to help me with all my problems with the 9600 ang 9800GTX series card...do you have a reccipt? online or paper? if so or if not if you need me let me know and ill talk to him and introduce you both if need be. though he is kinda a big gun so if you have a recipt and just arent bothered finding it idk if i can help you because he usually doesnt deal with stuff like this but he has alot of BFG tech by the balls so im sure he could pull some strings.
 
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Sol's fraud-free idea is WAY better than mine.
 

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Well, like what I said in my last post... I already tried installing the other card on the first PCI express slot and my system would make one long beep sound then won't boot up. The error code on my EVGA 680i SLI A1 mobo shows up as 50. I think that my second video card prematurely failed. Can I return it for an RMA with BFG Tech?
Yes, by your last post, that is exactly what it sounds like. You shouldn't have a problem RMAing the card to BFG, they have lifetime warranties.
unless they changed how they install...I had to instal 1 GPU run the driver install...reboot.

Then add the second card...driver install again...reboot.

Activate SLI in control panel
I've never had to do it this way with any of my SLI rigs. That is the method for Crossfire, SLI doesn't require that much hassle.
 

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I've never had to do it this way with any of my SLI rigs. That is the method for Crossfire, SLI doesn't require that much hassle.

thats true but this is an unusual situation.
 
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Did one card work and the other not work from the same PCI-E slot? You might want to verify that it's not an issue with a particular PCI-E slot on the MB.

A single card should work from any PCI-E slot on the board.
 
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I had the same problem....to get it to work i installed 1 card...then the other....then shut down and installed my bridge. I had black screen and had to reset my bios untill i did it that way.
 
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Did one card work and the other not work from the same PCI-E slot? You might want to verify that it's not an issue with a particular PCI-E slot on the MB.

A single card should work from any PCI-E slot on the board.
Yup, like what I said in my other post... I took the top card out completely then installed only the bottom card on top and nothing happens when I try to boot up. There's a short beep (a little longer than the POST beep) right after I power up my system and nothing shows up on my monitor.
 
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If its not under warrenty i know the director of marketing at BFG and he has been willing to help me with all my problems with the 9600 ang 9800GTX series card...do you have a reccipt? online or paper? if so or if not if you need me let me know and ill talk to him and introduce you both if need be. though he is kinda a big gun so if you have a recipt and just arent bothered finding it idk if i can help you because he usually doesnt deal with stuff like this but he has alot of BFG tech by the balls so im sure he could pull some strings.
Well, here's the thing... I removed the heatsink/fan assembly off of the video card cause I'm running it on liquid cooling. Will I still be able to RMA it after reinstalling the heatsink/fan assembly?
 
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I had the same problem....to get it to work i installed 1 card...then the other....then shut down and installed my bridge. I had black screen and had to reset my bios untill i did it that way.
Dude, sorry to say this but you're lost. :laugh:
 
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No im not lost you just didnt make it clear if you were installing a single card or not. As far as the beep goes...mine did that 1 time cause i forgot to plug the power into my card...probly not related to your issue...unless your haveing a power supply issue.
 

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Software Windows 10 Pro x64
#22
Well, here's the thing... I removed the heatsink/fan assembly off of the video card cause I'm running it on liquid cooling. Will I still be able to RMA it after reinstalling the heatsink/fan assembly?
Yes, BFG shouldn't have a problem with it, as long as that isn't the cause of the problem(IE water leaked and damaged the card, or you damaged it while removing/re-installing the heatsink). Usually, as long as you return the card in the same condition you bought it in, they won't have a problem RMAing it.
 

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#23
Yes, BFG shouldn't have a problem with it, as long as that isn't the cause of the problem(IE water leaked and damaged the card, or you damaged it while removing/re-installing the heatsink). Usually, as long as you return the card in the same condition you bought it in, they won't have a problem RMAing it.
+1 they wont care just put it back together nice dont strip screws or scratch it etc.