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nVidia AGP Video card and Win 98 SE

By searcher41 ·
For some reason, I cannot get an nVidia AGP card to work with Windows 98 SE. I install the card, all goes well. I restart the machine - the settings hold. I work for a while, switch off the machine, restart the machine, the settings hold. But, when I switch off the machine overnight, then boot up again, the nVidia drivers seem to disappear. Now, this is the strange part. If at this point, I simply restart the machine again, without reinstalling drivers, the card "kicks in" and works fine. Could be a heat expansion problem? Or drivers wrongly installed? Scratching head here!

Machine = Award Bios 2001; Socket 370 processor (PIII/733MHz); 128 MB RAM; nVidia 16 MB AGP card; Rockewell 56K Internal Modem; 8 GB HDD; 40X CD-ROM; IBM 6332 (??) monitor.

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by richard_barsby In reply to nVidia AGP Video card and ...

Hi Nvidea cards do seem to have some problems during boot, it seems that they are either slow in telling the mobo that they are there usually this results in beeps from mobo or they are too fast and present info before mobo is ready. Try setting thebios to initialise PCI video card first this gives mobo and video card time to sort things out, it worked with my setup Geforce 2GTS & Abit KA7/100. I have since upgraded to a Geforce 3 titanium 500 and have had no probelms at all.

Rich

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by TheChas In reply to nVidia AGP Video card and ...

Is your video blank from a cold start?
Or, does it just not recognize the card correctly?

If the video is blank, I would remove the bracket from the card, and see if it seats just a little bit further into the AGP socket.
If heat is the fix, itmay just be a slight fit issue between the card and the AGP port.
If this is the fix, you can try modifying the bracket to help the card set in that little bit extra.

If it is just settings, here are a few ideas:

Add 64MB to 256MB of RAM. Youwill see the most improvement with the first 64MB of additional RAM.

In BIOS settings, make sure that you have an adequate AGP apperature setting. It should be set to at least 2X video ram, and up to 1/2 system RAM.

Install the latest AGP mini-port driver for the chipset on your motherboard. (Likely either Intel, or VIA)

Install DirectX before installing the video card driver.

Install the video card driver in either 1X or 2X mode. (unless you are possitive that both the motherboard and video card have full support for 4X mode.)

Chas

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