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Installing AGP video card under NT 4.0

By sdrapeau ·
I want to replace an ATI Xpert2000 AGP with a Visiontek Geforce2 MX200 AGP on a Aopen AX34 MB (VIA Apollo PRO133A).

I uninstalled the ATI drivers, replaced the card, installed the new drivers (from the CD) and WinNT told me there was a problem with my video drivers. I downloaded the latest for my card, installed them and WinNT still doesn't want to accept the drivers. It's a CAD workstation... 640X480 16color is out of the question.

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Installing AGP video card ...

When you use a video card that has Accelerated Graphic Port (AGP) functionality, the only video resolution mode that works correctly is VGA mode (640x480, 16 colors). Third-party video drivers do not function as expected, if at all. In addition, when you open a command prompt window and then maximize the screen, the screen turns black. You can press ALT+ENTER to make the screen a window.


CAUSE
Support for AGP functionality is not part of the base operating system for Windows NT 3.51 orWindows NT 4.0.


RESOLUTION
AGP support has been added to Windows NT 4.0 in Service Pack 3. Obtain and install the latest service pack.


2: Article I Q200435
How to Check the Video Driver


Suggestions:
Set the display first to 16 colors, then install or reinstall the latest service pack you have *(latest 6a and the srp rollup) then install the videodriver, if it doesn't help you have to troubleshoot the problem using the artickle that I provided else I am afraid you have toswitch to w2k.
small note: my creative labs Gforce worked in nt, so I think somehow the drivers messed up in the registry.


Leopold

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by James A Bailey In reply to Installing AGP video card ...

simply put, reinstall the latest, service pack.

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by Diamond Dan In reply to Installing AGP video card ...

Ok, lets clear some smoke here:

The problem is not a service pack issue, as my 2 previous colleagues have been quick to point out. Reason being: if you were using an ATI Xpert2000 AGP card prior to the upgrade without incident, then your NT4 system obviously has the necessary service packs installed to support AGP!!

The real problem is the new video card. While NT4 has some support for the GeForce chipset, your specific model is not supported on the Microsoft HCL. Check out:
http://www.microsoft.com/hcl/ and plug in your card information and find that while the GeForce 2, GeForce GTS, and GeForce 128 are supported, the GeForce 2 MX200 is not supported. Frankly, from grim personal experience, there are few instances when hardware noton the MS official HCL will work. And in those cases that you can get a third party driver to work, the performance will be buggy at best.

In the future check out the HCL before buying equipment. Also, check out www.ntcompatible.com. This site has some good info on hardware and software that is/is not compatible with NT/2000. It also offers some workarounds for software (mostly games) to make them work in the NT environment.

Regards,
Dan - A+, Net+

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