yes, video card, HDD,... are powered. those two post were also made by me. anyway i tried that trick you mentioned. i found out there are two almost similar cards P67S-C43 and P67S-C43 (B3), but because i bought the computer in february 2011 i assume i have the P67S-C43 one. i have sometning else to tell. all my problems started, because i wanted to update bios using MSI live update 5. first i thought it is great they released that program, because i will not have to do anything in dos, but it did not turn out that well. after that i read most of people don not recommend updating from live update. having read links posted about i think i probably bricked my moba. if i did everyhing allright then the update file might have benn corrupted .i still have about a month of warranty left, but haven`t i voided my warranty doing something wrong.