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Recently I installed a new BIOS on the X570 box which I was hoping would address some issues. Windows 11 has weekly updates so its has become more stable. Machine has long used secure boot and I only just enabled the TPM on the R5 3600 to satisfy the demands of WIndows 11. Secure boot and the TPM are discrete capabilities.

Machine specs are here.


When powered up the machine sometimes does not properly initialize the GTX 2080 and the panel is off. The only remedy is to hard reset the machine to recover proper action. I have even resorted to pulling the plug to get the machine to work right. Most of the time when I boot up, the screen flashes and goes back off. Then the windows logon screen appears as the LCD is awakened.

On a hard reset the BIOS shows the press a a key to enter the BIOS before showing the spinning boot AVI as windows loads. This gives way to the logon screen and a session begins normally. This is the expected sequence on reboot and cold start. I have entered the BIOS several times for screenshot needs for some articles for Windows 11. Traffic on Windows 11 posts has been high as the gaming community wants to be ready for release day.

I have checked the wiring with the power cables and they are secure. The card is seated properly. Everything is check over carefully.

So there given the problem is in the BIOS where the card flashes the panel on and then it goes off and stays off suggests a driver fault. This has existed with every driver for the last 12 months at least. Originally with the RTX 2080 there were no problems with the X570 which is the only motherboard the card has ever know in the studio.


Power down does not always work properly either. Sometimes the machine is on but inactive with some disk action. This may be a fault in Windows or the BIOS. When shutdown fails I resort to the power button to force it to power down.

Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ Rx 480 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP OC w/  Back Plate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card 11260-20-20G : Electronics


Standby also does not work all the time which is supposed the but the machine to sleep. So much for the EPA Energy Star. Machine reawakens immediately instead of waiting for the power button to be pressed.

The Lenovo webcam I use for Windows Hello is unavailable forcing the PIN. I have to reboot to get the Toshiba hard disk back and get the webcam working for facial recognition at logon. Much of the time the machine does not even enter standby suggesting there are programs that are disabling it.

I replaced several SATA cables after some disks disappeared in the Explorer. I have also ordered many more cables as they tend to not last long.

Waking from standby, Steam will not update games. This bug has been a problem for a long time but it’s hard to reach Steam support as their system is automated.


Occasionally the LCD is awaken for some reason when the machine is left on overnight. The panel will turn off but it and be awaken in a cycle of varying time.


I have used a Sapphire Nitro RX 480 8GB which was eye opining as to its capability and it works fine. I have a Gigabyte GTX 750 2GB which is less powerful but it works fine. The really old Asus GT 630 2GB (Fermi) even works ok.

Yo NVIDIA what is up with Turning based cards.