Emachines upgrading trouble.

By anthonybruno
Sep 29, 2005
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  1. so about 8 months ago, i decided that it was time to upgrade my emachines (W2247) desktop. i installed a NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000 video card. yes i know its not something to brag about, but i feel as if im having some trouble with it. i dont think that my computer has been running off of this video card, ever. the thing is that when i run the smallest of games.. when i meet all of the system requirments, i still get a very bad gameplay. all of my drivers for my system are up to date, but i think the problem is that my onboard video is causing all of the problems. when i go to computer management i notice that my old video card is still running and when i go to uninstall, it uninstalls and it asks for a restart. when i restart, windows finds the video card and installs it back in. the screen clicks around for awhile as if its going back to the old card and then i get to see the screen again. i think what i need to do is to uninstall the video card in my BIOS but i dont really know how. if anyone has any idea whats going on, i would appreciate it.

    here are the specs for my computer also:
    # AMD Athlon™ XP processor 2200+ (1.800 GHz) with QuantiSpeed™ architecture
    # Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
    # Includes eMachines 17" eView™ 17s2 Monitor
    (16" Viewable, 0.27mm dot pitch)
    # VIA KM 266
    # 128 MB DDR (PC2100)
    # 40 GB HDD 1
    # 48x Max. CD-RW Drive; 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
    # S3 ProSavage8™ integrated (1 AGP slot available for upgrade) :slurp:
    # AC '97 Audio
    # 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
    # 56K ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem
    # Standard Multi-Media Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse, Amplified Stereo Speakers
    # 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on front), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Audio In & Out, Mic-In & Head Phone jack on front, 3 PCI slots (2 available)
    # 7.25"w x 14.125"h x 16"d

    ps. i have upgraded alot of this computer too.
  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

    Go to this link, ViaArena
    These are the latest via chipset drivers that E-machine doesn't have yet.
    Choose either the 500a or 4in1 hyperion drivers.
    Also it sound like you need to diable the onboard video in the bios.
    If that is the agp 128mb ver video card it should run most game pretty well.

    G'Luck

    Again, "Welcome to TechSpot" :wave:
  3. anthonybruno

    anthonybruno Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yea it is.. and another question.. i dont have i it in my agp slot.. its in my pci slot.. does that make a difference? also.. any info on how to go about disabling my vid card in the BIOS? never messed around with it before.

    thanks for the welcome.
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382

    Thats abit of a rare bird.
    NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000 pci 128mb.
    You'd get much better performance with the agp ver.
    but I think the pci should be ok too.

    Now as to the install of it..I've had to do it this way with onboard video.
    W/o new card installed, I uninstalled the onboard video drivers in windows.
    Then reboot and go into bios and disable it, reset the video boot priority
    to pci from agp (Your MoBo has onboard agp). reboot to off and install
    the new card. Boot normal and install latest nVidia drivers..
    I hope this will help
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