PNY 7600 Gets Stuck In Digital Power Saving Mode

by on November 16, 2007

Q: I installed a PNY 7600 video card and now my monitor is stuck on digital power saving mode. What should I do?

A: Your PNY 7600 video card (256MB version and 512MB version) is actually the result of cooperation between PNY and NVIDIA. I was able to find questions similar to yours in the official NVIDIA Forums. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any solutions to your problem there, or anywhere else on the internet. I do have some ideas though:

  1. Your problem seems like a driver issue to me. Drivers are software that tell your computer how use certain hardware, in this case your video card. If you are able to log into your operating system (e.g. Windows XP), try installing new drivers for your video card. You can find official drivers at the NVIDIA Support website. Note, if you cannot access your operating system, try using another video card. You’ll need to leave the PNY 7600 in the computer so that the driver update program will detect the card.
  2. According to my research, the PNY 7600 supports VGA, DVI, and S-Video connections. Many monitors today have multiple inputs, such as VGA and DVI. If you are currently using a DVI cable to connect your monitor and computer, switch to a VGA cable. Similarly, if you are currently using a VGA cable, switch to DVI.
  3. Sometimes a monitor that has multiple inputs is not able to detect which connection type is being used. Try cycling through the available input options on your monitor. If there is not an input button on your monitor, check the monitor’s interactive menus. You may wish to consult the owner’s manual for your monitor.
  4. If you still have your old video card, put it back into the computer. If your old video card is still in the computer, take it out (not an option for some computers).
  5. Try connecting a different monitor to your computer. Sometimes monitors and video cards just behave strangely with one another.

I hope that at least one of these ideas is helpful.