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Foxconn Motherboards and Sparkle GeForce AGP Cards

By macPhallus
Mar 19, 2007
  1. Greetings to all from the East Coast of Sunny South Africa!

    I have a Foxconn mobo (661FX4MR-ES) info available at:

    http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/motherboard_detail.aspx?ID=en-us0000111

    running Windows XP SP2. The Mobo refuses to detect my Sparkle GeForce 7600 GS AGP Card. Info available at:

    http://www.sparkle.com.tw/News/news_7600GS_AGP/news_7600GS_pa_AGP_E.html

    I have the latest mobo drivers and nVidia drivers.

    At least the monitor knows that it is plugged into something - the message “Cable unplugged” disappears when the monitor is plugged into the AGP card, whether the PC is on or off.

    If plugged into the AGP card, the Monitor will not show the POST screen nor the BIOS (Phoenix – updated 10-2005 which is the latest update for this BIOS) settings. It just sits there with the green light blinking. I have to plug it into the Integrated Graphics display.

    I have tested the AGP slot by using two (older) AGP cards – 128MB and 64MB respectively.

    I have also tested the Sparkle AGP Card on another PC – works fine.

    The BIOS has no setting to disable the Integrated Graphics. It does allow you to select between AGP and PCI Slot.

    The Specs on the Sparkle Card states that one needs an AGP 2 or AGP 3 slot but mentions no Voltage. The Specs on the Mobo states that it is indeed an AGP 2 slot - 1.5V only.

    It is a fairly new AGP Card on an old(er) board, but reading up on the AGP architecture, there should be no compatibility issues…in theory anyway.

    The main difference between the three “versions” of AGP, namely 1, 2 and 3 is the signal voltage of 3.3V, 1.5V and 0.8 V respectively. The APG Cards are also slotted differently to prevent incompatible Cards being used…all theory BS...

    I have Googled this for days now and I’m running around in circles…sigh...

    I am truly at a loss – any help will be appreciated.

    Keep Well

    Marcellus
     
  2. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    Are there any jumpers on the motherboard for disabling the Integrated Graphics?
     
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