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Which Video Card Is My Computer Using?


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#1 ndntank

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 09:05 PM

I recently installed an ATI video card uninstalled the driver for the stock card installed the new driver. I did not remove the stock video card, can someone tell me how to tell if the new card is being used? Thanks for your time!

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 09:37 PM

goto Control Panel>System>Hardware tab>Device Manager button>Display adapters. If you expand the tree (click the plus sign) you should see the driver the OS has installed which should also be the active card.

can I ask why you did not remove the stock video card when you installed the ATI card?

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 12:59 AM

I think ndntank is referring to the onboard video (some users call it a card still!!)

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 07:05 AM

If it is still installed it is better to Disable the OEM card rather than uninstalling the drivers. You may find the drivers trying t reinstall a boot. When Disabled it will still be there, just turned off.
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 08:42 AM

If it is an onboard video card, you can disable it in the BIOS and Windows won't even know that it's there!
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 01:17 PM

The stock card is integrated and I was afraid to mess with the motherboard. went into control panel and it shows the driver but if it is using the ATI driver it wouldn't try to use the stock video card right? The ATI driver would use the ATI card? Thanks for y'alls help!

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 08:25 AM

You must disable one of the video cards - otherwise the computer won't know which one to use (not to mention the conflicts of 2 cards trying to use the same resources). Removing a driver without disabling the device just forces Windows to use it's own, built in drivers in order to get it running.

Go into the system BIOS and disable the onboard card - this should enable the ATI card to be recognized and will solve your problem
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 02:08 PM

ok how or where do I find the system BIOS? Thanks again for your time and help!

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 09:47 PM

When you first turn on your computer you should be prompted to press a key to enter set up. Usually F2 F10 Del or similar. Look for the video adapter listed there. You can also disable it in the Device Manager in Windows.
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