How do I get my new graphics card to work?

By pctech498 ·
I have a Dell Dimension 3000. The system has an onboard graphics card, however I would like to upgrade it. I purchased a PCI graphics card (my system does not have an AGP or PCI-E slot). When I installed the new card, I get no signal. I changed the BIOS setting from "Onboard" to "Auto", but this did not work. When I have the new card installed neither it nor the onboard card will work.

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Well try the PCI Video Card

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How do I get my new graph ...

In a different PCI Socket.

If that doesn't work lets start with the Obvious what type of Video Card did you buy?

Some Video Card Chip Sets are not compatible with some M'Board Chip Sets so what if anything happens when you plug in the Video Card with the Monitor Lead plugged into it. Do any Lights on the front of the case come on?

Does the FAN on the Video Cards GPU Spin?

Is there an additional Supplementary Power Connector on the Video Card?

And is this connected?


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by santeewelding In reply to Well try the PCI Video Ca ...

Scientific Method.

Informed by the way and of course.

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Did you plug the monitor cable into the video card?

by Slayer_ In reply to How do I get my new graph ...

Or did you leave it plugged into the integrated?

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That ought to work

by robo_dev In reply to How do I get my new graph ...

What graphics card did you buy?

Is your Dell Bios up-to-date?

Have you tried resetting the bios to factory defaults?

If you set the BIOS to on-board video only, does it work through the motherboard video with the new card installed?

Assuming that the card you got is not defective, it may be somehow incompatible with that Dell Mobo.

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