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installing my new graphics card

By foxhound
Mar 27, 2007
  1. ok, i need a bit of help here. i got a new graphcis card and i want to install it. i already have intergrated graphics but i got a pci card. the thing is, i know i have to uninstal the old card, but what if the new one doesnt work? i dont have the old drivers. and do i have to remove th intergrated graphics or can i just leave it there on the motehrboard to save a bit of hassle?

    also, could someone give me a quick guide, just so as i can get it straightened out a bit in my head :)

    thanks alot,lol. the guides on the net confuse me =[
     
  2. grayg1

    grayg1 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    NO!! DO NOT EVEN ATTEMPT TO PHYSICALLY REMOVE THE INTERGRATED GRAPHICS!

    Intergrated means it is built into the motherboard, the chip is set in the motherboard, if you remove it chances are you will fudge the motherboard.

    You have to unistall the drivers for the intergrated graphics then restart the computer and disable the onboard graphics in the BIOS.

    I'm not sure what computer you have but if you just keep pressing the delete button on your keyboard as soon as you switch the computer on you should get into the BIOS. Try and look for something called integrated peripherals in there, it should be inside there, something about onboard graphics. DO NOT TOUCH OR ALTER OTHER SETTINGS OR YOU CAN SCREW YOUR COMPUTER!
     
  3. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    good...i hate intergrated grpahics..useless! >.<

    i know how to get in the bios, hope this one works, my motherboard is picky x.x

    cheers mate =]
     
  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Integrated graphics are usually inside the north bridge (a.k.a. chipset), so you'd have to remove the whole chipset (a.k.a. very bad idea lol)

    Just disable it in BIOS :)
     
  5. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    yey, it came today ^^

    so what do i do in order? unistall intergrated drivers, disable in bios, then switch off sompy adn insert new card. then restart adn install drivers? is thta it or have i missed out something?
     
  6. topps999

    topps999 TS Rookie Posts: 184

    yeh intergrated r bitches i used to have 1...
    uninstall the drivers for the intergrated and install ur new 1 easy to do on the device manager (found in system on control panel)
     
  7. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    ok, i unistalled the drivers...but i cant find anyhting in bios. (you can imagine how my screen looks x.x)

    anyways...i inserted teh card, but teh screen was black..the desktop wouldnt show up. any help on this? i had teh moniter connected to the new card...
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    There should be an option in the BIOS to disable the onboard video. Alternatively, you can try disabling it from Windows.
     
  9. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    how can i disable it from windows?

    in the BIOS, in 'perphieral settings' i think, it just names ports and stuff. nothing about intergrated graphics.

    gahh, this thing is more trouble than its worth =[
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Ah forget about that, it might not work.
    As for the BIOS, there should be something like Features Setup or something. It should be in there. Just keep looking, it should be somewhere.
     
  11. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Tell us your motherboard's model and make, I'll try to find its manual online, and check if there's the option to disable that thing.
     
     
  12. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name YOUR-AFA3809D72
    System Manufacturer GATEWA
    System Model SR84510A
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~3067 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. SR84510A.46T.0014.P06.0410050243, 05/10/2004
    SMBIOS Version 2.3
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United Kingdom
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
    User Name YOUR-AFA3809D72\james
    Time Zone GMT Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 1,536.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 1.02 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 2.09 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys

    was this any help? soory, i couldnt figure out how to find out what it was x.x so this is my compy specs...
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Oh ****e, it's a Gateway PC. Anyways, it's either a Seabreeze T3 or Nimitz 2 according to Gateway's site. Can you confirm that?
     
  14. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Motherboard Name:: Intel Plumb Island D845EPI / Sea Breeze D845GVSR / Villanova D845GLVA

    there ya go. =]
     
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    I think that according to the documentation, there is a setting called Video Configuration under the Advanced menu in the BIOS. In there, change the Primary Video Adapter type to PCI from Integrated Graphics. Then exit the BIOS after saving the settings and it should work fine with the new card.
     
  16. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    i know about that but...theres only PCI and AGP in it. there is no intergrated option. =[
     
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Set it to AGP then. You've bought an AGP card, haven't you?
     
  18. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    er..pci actually.
     
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Oh, not a problem still. Set it to PCI in that case. But you should have gotten an AGP card, since it provides better performance compared to PCI. Your choices are very limited for PCI, while AGP gives you far more choices of video cards to choose from.
     
  20. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    computer doesnt support agp...it really sucks =[
     
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Eh? Why's the AGP option there in the BIOS then? Must be for the IGP then I guess. Anyways, change it to PCI and try again.
     
  22. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    i did =[ but still the black screen. it starts off ok, the same stuff comes up like the loading screen etc, but when it comes to the sesktop it just stays black...
     
  23. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,484   +233

    Can you try moving the card to another PCI slot?
     
  24. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Yeah try that.
     
  25. foxhound

    foxhound TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    alritey i will =]
     
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