no video on new pci card

By densma ยท 8 replies
Dec 1, 2005
  1. my pc came with AGP 64mb and it's no good. I upgraded to PCI 256mb. It's was just plug in and hook monitor to it and works for like a month. woke up one morning and the pci card wont display no video.. hook monitor to AGP and it works. unplug/plug in again.. the fan is running but no video
    any idea? i didnt install any drivers, is there anything else i can check or is that card really dead? brand new card in a month? i checked bios and dont see option do disable AGP
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    What make/model is each of those cards?

    When you installed the PCI card, did you REMOVE the AGP card from your computer?

    I'd recommend:

    -taking that AGP card out of your computer
    -going into your device manager and deleting the drivers for it
    -installing PCI card and then installing PCI card's drivers.
  3. densma

    densma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    not sure if it AGP but the card is built-in in the motherboard.
    The pci card infor

    PCI * Geforce FX5500 256MB Video Card Dual Head

    Graphics Controller NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500;

    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500;
    256-bit graphics accelerator

    Memory Configuration:
    256MB DDR

    Graphics Core:

    Memory Interface:
    128-bit DDR

    Memory Bandwidth:
    6.4 GB/sec.

    Fill Rate:
    2.1 billion texels/sec.

    88 Million

    Pixels Per Clock (peak):

    Textures per Pixel (max per pass):

    Dual 400MHz
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    I thought something was strange when you said 64Mb AGP. Now it makes more sense. Here's what I'd recommend.

    -Go to and download the geforce graphics driver. Save it somewhere on your computer, but do not run it yet.
    -Take out PCI card and reboot in safe mode.
    -Go into your device manager and delete the drivers for the onboard graphics (AND the nvidia graphics drivers if you have any installed).
    -Reboot computer and go into BIOS and change the primary boot display from "onboard" to "PCI". Note, your particular bios may have it worded differently, but it will be something to that effect.
    *note - many newer computers will automatically detect the PCI graphics card and change bios for you automatically
    -Plug monitor into PCI card
    -Turn on machine and windows should auto-detect new hardware.
    -Install the drivers you downloaded in step 1 above.

    Good luck!
  5. densma

    densma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i think the card was bad. i want and get another card and this time AGP.. installed the drivers on the disk but its using VGASAVE
    i dont see any performance
    what do i need to do to make this card use the right drivers instead of AVGSAVE
  6. Inconel

    Inconel TS Rookie

    Making sure everything is compatible is the first thing. No trying to stick a PCI E card in an AGP slot or regular PCI. Go to the manufactures website for updated drivers. If you are buying an agp card is is probably old so the drivers on disc might not be up to date.
  7. densma

    densma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    does it mean my board is not compactable?
    i get this while trying to install updated drivers from the site

    The NVIDIA seup program could not locate any drivers that compatible with your current hardware. setup will now exit
  8. Arcanum

    Arcanum TS Rookie Posts: 181

    First of all, did you disable the intergrated videocard?
    If you havent, thats your first step, go into BIOS and disable it.

    Also, in the BIOS set the option to boot first PCI graphics adapter, not the AGP.

    Have you uninstalled intergrated card's drivers?
    And made sure you cleaned them good (DriverCleaner is a good tool for that)?

    Try to uninstall and clear all of videocard drivers (integrated and from the new FX 5500), restart, then try installing drivers from the disc that came with your FX 5500, they are probably old, but they have to work since they came with the card.

    I hope this helps...
  9. densma

    densma TS Rookie Topic Starter

    finally got it fixed
    installed chipset drivers for agp fand that fixed it :bounce:
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