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By Clpennz ·
An relative of mine requested assistance with adding a NIC to her PC. We successfully instatlled the card and set up the DSL modem, but now the monitor is not working. At first we thought that maybe we unseated the video card while attaching the new card, so we reseated it but still the monitor stays dark. We did notice that the screen has an error on it (no signal) just before it fades out due the power management system. Is it possible that we blew the video card?

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by jhackett In reply to Did we **** it?

It is possible that the NIC or the DSL card are bad. Remove them one at a time to see if your video returns. If it does then you have found the defective card. Check also to make sure your ram is securely in the socket. If ram came loose while you were installing cards. You will have no video.

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by jhackett In reply to Did we **** it?

It is possible that the NIC or the DSL card are bad. Remove them one at a time to see if your video returns. If it does then you have found the defective card. Check also to make sure your ram is securely in the socket. If ram came loose while you were installing cards. You will have no video.

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by Albert Franco II In reply to Did we **** it?

Before assuming that the cards are bad check to see if you are having IRQ conflicts. The IRQ is a type of hardware address to the cards. If they both use the same one then there is a conflict which can cause the system to fail.

You might post the exact contents of the error message to give us a better idea of the problem.

Do you get the BIOS startup screen? Can you get into the BIOS setup screens? If so, your card is probably not bad. You have a conflict.

Take the DSL card out, yoursystem should start to work again. Uninstall the drivers for it. Get everything back to the way it was before you installed the modem.

Now go to the Windows Control Panel and double click on the system icon. Now click on the Device Manager tab and then double click on the PC item. This will popup a window that lists all of the devices by their IRQ. Make a note of which one the video display card is using (It may be more than one). If there are non available (0-15 are all listed) then you aregoing to have a rough time getting the modem installed. If some IRQ (0-15) is not on the list then when you try to install your modem again try to set it up to use the free IRQ.

If the computer was bought as a prepackaged unit it is not unlikely that all of the IRQs are ocupied. This basically means that until you take something else out of the system you can't put anything new in.

These cards can also conflict if they attempt to use the same low level memory locations. If all of what I written here sounds like chineese to you then take the system to a professional. These things are not for the light of heart...

Good Luck,
Al Franco, II

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by gmscne In reply to Did we **** it?

If your video comes back after removing the DSL NIC, then place it in a different slot when putting it back into the PC. PCI slots use interrupts that can't be changed and the one next to the video card will have the same setting which may conflict.

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by ins413 In reply to Did we **** it?

I would have to agree with the above answer on this one. If the video card is AGP and you placed the NIC in the pci slot next to it, there is almost always a conflict. Try moving the card.

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by Clpennz In reply to Did we blow it?

We removed the card and the video came back. We had another tech look at it but he was not able to get it to work in the other slot either. I suggested taking it to a shop and have the slots tested. Thanks everyone!

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