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#1 pimpologist

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 06:13 PM

I just recently got my computer back from years ago and i dont really remember whats all in it. I have 2 places to plug my monitor in, 1 is the normal 1 (i believe connected to the motherboard?), the other is in one of my PCI slots.......now when i start up my computer in the one on my motherboard it doesnt take me to my bios, or show me that windows is loading it just takes me to my windows welcome screen, then my desktop......now when i plug my monitor in the one in the PCI slot, it shows me my bios, and the windows startup screen, but doesnt take me to the windows welcome or the desktop, so basically when the computer is running, the one on the motherboard shows my desktop and the other just shows a black screen......im really confused :thumbsup: .....is this really a video card that i previously put in my computer and just forgot, or is this a normal screen, and if it is a video card why cant i get anything to show after is says windows is loading?

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 06:31 PM

sounds like the onboard is an agp bus enabled video and the card is a pci, they coexist to give you dual video, there's a setting in bios for pci or agp first, that's what you see with the bios post

after windows finishes loading you get the default display selected there

looks like you have both set for different outputs
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 07:35 PM

is this normal?.....is there anything i should change?

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 08:01 PM

or does any1 have any advantages?

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 08:03 PM

When you plug in an AGP or PCI video card it should disable the onboard video vielding a blank screen when the monitor is plugged into the onboard video. I have fallen for that trap before!

If you have not seen this system for a while I would backup, regroup and rethink first.
Take the PCI video card out temporarily. Then connect your monitor to the onboard. See if you get video & if the system boots. Dont worry about video quality. Just see if it gets to the desktop.

While you have the PCI card out identify it. What make & model is it. Should be embossed on the card somewhere.
Also clean the system internally while it is opened. Clean the CPU fan, remove all dust and clean the vents. Compressed air works great.

Then power down & unplug the system. Insert the PCI card & plug your monitor into that.
See what happens. Maybe the card was loose.

Can I ask why you havent had it for so long? Just curious

BTW what version of Windows? XP?

Edited by Eyesee, 25 December 2007 - 08:05 PM.

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 08:46 PM

the pc was at another house that i moved from, beins as i didnt have any use for it and no where to put it i left it there, i recently got cable internet and got it back......and its home edition

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 09:06 PM

nothing happened, the only thing the card said was ATI

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 09:19 PM

nothing happened


when you did what?

when you pulled the pci card and hooked to the onboard?
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 09:23 PM

when i took it out and did the on board it worked fine, then when i put it back in and plugged it in nothing came up, but plugged it back into the onboard it worked fine

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 09:27 PM

is there any way i can use something to detect it, and maybe install/update the drivers?

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 09:45 PM

You will need to identify the onboard and the pci video card, somewhere there are numbers

In my experience almost any onboard agp is as good or better than most pci video cards, it takes a very good pci to beat a lame agp
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 10:03 PM

is there any way i can identify them on the computer or do i have to open it up?

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 01:15 AM

You can use a free program Belarc Advisor, it will run a check on your computer and tell you what you have. Your video will be listed under "display". There are other programs that do the same thing, I like this one, you can find them in the "All other Applications" forum under "Freeware replacements for common commercial apps." or close to that name.... :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:06 AM

thank you




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