Just got the PE4L today. I've got a GTX 460 with 430W PSU. I connected up the adapter into my laptop's expresscard slot, but nothing happened when I did. I tried rebooting, turning on the PE4L before the laptop, with no change. I know that the laptop is connecting to the PE4L because there's a LED lamp that turns on when I do. Also the fan on the GTX460 only turns when the adaptor is in the laptop (is this normal?).
I know someone has probably already had the same issue, but I can't read through hundreds of pages of posts.
I tried installing the Setup 1.0e4 but I couldn't manage to mount the image - it came up with error, both with two different image disk programs. Am I supposed to continue on this track? What is going on here?
I also used Everest to check the PCI slots on South Bridge. None of the slots had the graphics card and slot 3 showed up empty.
Then I attempted to install the drivers for GTX460. The install said that it couldn't recognise any hardware. So it seems the laptop is not recognising the graphics card at all.
Suggestions? Thanks for your contributions.
I don't know if you have done this or not, but if your system cannot boot with the graphics card already running and connected to the laptop, then you must do the following:
1. Start the laptop with the graphics card disconnected.
2. Sleep/Standby the system.
3. Turn on and connect the graphics card.
4. Resume the system.
5. Scan for new devices using the Device Manager.
The above really only applies to when the system will hang on startup with the laptop connected to a running graphics card, not your situation where the graphics card simply isn't detected even though it booted with it.
The fans not turning when not connected is abnormal. They should be spinning at 100% with no PCI-E connection. I am thinking that your real problem is that you do not have enough power. I first tried a PSU that was too weak, and when trying any 3D app the graphics card would fully power down and the fans would not spin at all. Yours may be even weaker to the extent that it can't even do 2D. A lot of cheap power supplies are terrible and output no where near their rated power, and cannot safely run anything even if they can put out enough power for it.
Things to check:
1. You didn't forget to connect the floppy connector did you?
2. Try another PSU even if it's rated at a lower wattage. Do not try your PSU in some other PC. You could destroy the PC if the PSU is in fact the issue.
3. Try supplementing your PSU if you have another power source that plugs into the 12-20V DC jack with the floppy molex disconnected. Many laptop power connectors can do this. Just run your laptop on battery mode for a bit to try it. If you have another desktop PSU you could also have one run one 6 pin connector, and one run the other 6 pin connector.
If you do rule out power as being the issue, I'm thinking that your graphics card is faulty.
Last edited by Khenglish; 8th November 2010 at 04:16 PM.
I know it's been asked 3942837427863 times, but it's 207 pages, I can't read them through
Please go through the first post on the thread. You can use it to answer all of the questions you just asked.
But as a summary of the summary page, you must load Everest and see which ports are available. Also, you should run the DIY ViDock startup utility to see if you have enough system resources. We really can't help you with anything until you do those 2 steps.
The PE4H doesn't require any cooling. If you use the DC jack, the voltage regulator does get fairly warm so you could put a heatsink on that if you really want. I do not know if there is a warranty or not. The product is still considered to be in development so I don't think there is.
Okay, I just found out that the way I was paper-clipping the Mobo lead for the power supply was wrong, resulting in lower than normal voltage. With this fixed, the GPU fan is now working without the PCI connection.
I have powered the PE4L too. It now shows two LED lights when there used to be only one.
Now, how do I get the computer to recognise the graphics card? Still nothing.