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#1 gizzette

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 07:25 AM

Hi, I am at work and I have a question about my desktop at home. The monitor has quit coming on when I turn the computer on, however the monitor will work properly with my laptop. The video card is built into the motherboard. If a buy a separate video card will the computer recognize it and begin working again. I am running XP on it.I don't want to have to take it to a shop for work on the motherboard. If a video card will solve my problem what is a good card to get that would compare to the one I already have?
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#2 hamluis

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:29 AM

System manufacturer and model?

Do you know whether or not you even have a slot available for a PC card?

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 07:32 PM

Alright I am home now. The computer has an AMD Athlon 64 3400+ l2 cache 1MB and a nVidia GeForce 6100 GPU PCI x16 slot available.
I am running XP. Hope this helps.

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 08:52 PM

FWIW: The nvidia GeForce 6100 is probably your onboard video chip, while the x16 slot is probably a PCI-e slot for a video card to be put in at user discretion.

You might take a look at http://www.playtool.com/pages/vidslots/slots.html.

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 01:38 AM

FWIW: The nvidia GeForce 6100 is probably your onboard video chip, while the x16 slot is probably a PCI-e slot for a video card to be put in at user discretion.

You might take a look at http://www.playtool.com/pages/vidslots/slots.html.

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Thanks for your help, i follow the link and its really helpful

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 04:02 PM

Easily done :thumbsup:.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:17 AM

Alright I bought a video card, it is a BFG Tech BFGR73256GTOCE GeForce 7300GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card. I plugged it in and still no monitor. Should the computer automatically recognize the card and start using it or do the drivers have to be installed first.
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:27 AM

If you got a cd-rom with the card, it has drivers to be installed.
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 11:48 AM

But...if you have onboard video and it's not working...and it has to be disabled in the BIOS before a card is recognized...that may be what you are experiencing.

Hard to say...

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 04:27 PM

1. Disable the onboard graphics chipset (through the BIOS)
2. Install the drivers for your7300GT
3. See your display come back to life ! :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 04:58 PM

But...he cannot see BIOS screens, if I'm understanding correctly.

Since the monitor works when connected to a laptop, it's ruled out.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 05:33 PM

But...he cannot see BIOS screens, if I'm understanding correctly.

Since the monitor works when connected to a laptop, it's ruled out.

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True.
Guess, it's time to check the hardware.

1. Do you hear any beeps during the initial boot up? Do the CPU fans spin?
2. Check if the memory sticks are fine. (If not, get replacements)
3. You'll have to get someone to test your hardware components (proccy, ram etc.) on another motherboard. If they work, then your motherboard is the culprit, the ly the graphics chipset to be more specific. The only solution would be to get a new compatible motherboard.
4. Also, get your PSU checked.

Only after you have the above sorted out, should you install your new(7300gt) card.
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 12:54 AM

The monitor stays blank during boot up. The computer seems like it boots up properly, just by listening to it. I don't think it is a motherboard or memory stick problem as the computer worked fine one day then the next this problem. I guess I will take it yo a shop and have them properly install the new graphics card and check everything else out. Thanks for the help.
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 06:09 PM

The monitor stays blank during boot up. The computer seems like it boots up properly, just by listening to it. I don't think it is a motherboard or memory stick problem as the computer worked fine one day then the next this problem. I guess I will take it yo a shop and have them properly install the new graphics card and check everything else out. Thanks for the help.
Cliff


Yeah, please get it checked and let us know what the problem was.
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