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By daveherm ·
upgraded video card on dell dim 3000 and all i get is black screen any ideas

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by jamesatmaisonverre In reply to dave

My guess that your previous graphics card is built in to the motherboard in which case you need to enable your agp slot in the bios ,obviously using your old graphics port

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dave

by daveherm In reply to answer

thanks for your input the card i installed is in pci slot and when i checked bios setting video was set to auto

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Well if it's fitted in it's slot properly

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to dave

Have you tried returning to the original VGA Output and then installing the drivers and then try the PCI Card for Video Output?

I've found from previous experience that you need to install the Video Drivers on systems with On Board Video before you can use any added Video cards this is very common with the All In One Dell M'Boards.

Col

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dave

by daveherm In reply to Well if it's fitted in it ...

well guys i talked to geforce the maker of the card he says disable on board in device manager and restart then it should read the new card we will try this thanks again for your input

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I would be very careful before doing that

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to dave

If the PCI card doesn't work you have locked yourself out of being able to enter BIOS and reset the ON Board Video.

It's something that I've never had to do ever and I've replaced quite a lot of Video Cards where they where running On Board with Shared Resources like the CPU acting as a GPU and sharing System RAM.

It's always a possibility that the Video Card is Incompatible with the M'Board Chip Set and will not work with that particular M'Board. This is a common problem with AMD setup's as you have to mess around with different Video Cards till you find one that will work with the M'Board Chip Set and don't think that it;'s the Video Card Chip Set as I've seen different makers of both ATI & NVidia not work on 1 M'Board while the same chip set from a different maker will.

Anyway I suppose if worst comes to worst you can always clear the BIOS to get the On Board Video back up again. But I only ever disable the On Board Video after I've already got the new plug in card working properly.

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HAL has good advice

by w2ktechman In reply to dave

When I setup add-in cards in the systems, I always need to go into the BIOS and set a primary card to the PCI-AGP-whatever. The BIOS auto disables the on-board card until it detects the card is removed.

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dave

by daveherm In reply to HAL has good advice

well i got it working i guess i was lucky when i disabled on board video and restarted she booted and ran with the new card. kinda sweaty way to fix the problem guess no guts no glory thanks for all the help

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Do not uninstall GeForce 4 driver

by Toivo Talikka In reply to dave

I had a nasty experience recently after replacing nVidia GeForce4 MX440 8x card on a 3 year old PC with the latest ATI Radeon 9550 (because the games kids play require all the latest features...).

After getting the new card working, without thinking twice, I uninstalled the GeForce4 software and rebooted, only to see the black and white screen telling that Windows could not start because of a missing driver file.

The uninstallation had deleted the nVidia driver but it did not restore the standard Windows XP driver it had originally replaced...

I could not find the missing file on the XP installation CD and was not game enough to run a repair from the installation CD. Luckily someone (not the manufacturer) had posted the missing driver on a support forum and after burning the file onto a CD and restoring it from the Recovery Console, Windows started.

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