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On Board Video adaptor

Q: On Board Video adaptor

I have an old HP Pavilion computer with an Asus Spax Motherboard. It has an on board video (card), SiS Interated video. It was working fine and suddenly disapeared. Does not show as existing in the control panel display propertys.
The display is now the native 640 x 480 VGA. Any ideas?

Preferred Solution: On Board Video adaptor

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: On Board Video adaptor

You probably need to update the drivers for it. Go to the HP website for your specific HP model and see what integrated SIS chip the motherboard uses. HP will also have a driver available for download which you can use. Or you can then go to the SIS website and download the latest driver which be newer then the HP provided driver.

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I tidied up and refurbished an older machine a while ago for my partners granddaughter and am now wondering if I can use a network adaptor for the board - an Intel D915GAV. I was thinking along the lines of this Networking - USB-N13 - ASUS as I really don't want to mess around inside with a card and still find the net will not work.
I have installed 7 Home Premium 32bit on the machine and did all the necessaries at home via an Ethernet cable connection but they do not have any broadband access via even a copper connection at their house.
I have researched the Intel site and Googled to se if I can use the USB device or card but cannot find anything that tells it will work or that the board will support it. D915GAV, Features
Can anyone please shed some light on the board if they have any experience with it.

A:Using network adaptor on older board

I might be misunderstanding something but if they have no broadband access then any wired or wireless NIC would be useless in the terms of getting the machine to the Internet. A WiFi dongle would need to connect to a WiFi router which in its turn needs to be connected to ISP to get it working.

If there really is no broadband then the options are either an old fashioned dial-up modem over phone line or a mobile broadband connection. She should ask from her mobile carrier about various mobile broadband alternatives (3G or 4G/LTE).

I do not know Australian mobile carriers other than Vodafone, following links are all from them telling a bit more about mobile broadband:http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/...bile-broadband

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Does anyone know anything about the trouble that a PCI board (Multi-Port Serial Adaptor) causes XP freeze?

I have been trying to install a PCI board (Digi ClassicBoard 8 PCI) which creates 8 COM ports (RS232) and can be connected to 8 cables of RS232. After installing this board and its driver into XP, 8 of "unknown port" appeared in "device manager." Then if I continued to install the drivers for these ports (available from its manufacturer), PC freezes. Now I realized that the drivers of these ports can be intalled when I disable the ports. But when I enabled the ports with their drivers installed, XP completely freezes. No entry is accepted. Even Ctrl + Alt + Del does not work, and I can do nothing but turn off the power of PC.

My PC is DELL Precision 390.

If anyone knows any information about this kind of symptom, would you help me?
Thank you!!

A:PCI Board (Multi-Port Serial Adaptor) freezes XP


have you tried disabling the onboard COM ports in case of conflict, also is this board supported by XP and do you have the latest driver for it.


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Does anyone know anything about the trouble that a PCI board (Multi-Port Serial Adaptor) causes XP freeze?

I have been trying to install a PCI board (Digi ClassicBoard 8 PCI) which creates 8 COM ports (RS232) and can be connected to 8 cables of RS232. After installing this board and its driver into XP, 8 of "unknown port" appeared in "device manager." Then if I continued to install the drivers for these ports (available from its manufacturer), PC freezes. Now I realized that the drivers of these ports can be intalled when I disable the ports. But when I enabled the ports with their drivers installed, XP completely freezes. No entry is accepted. Even Ctrl + Alt + Del does not work, and I can do nothing but turn off the power of PC.

My PC is DELL Precision 390.

If anyone knows any information about this kind of symptom, would you help me?
Thank you!!

A:PCI Board (Multi-Port Serial Adaptor) freezes XP. Plz help me!

The only time I've ever seen this was because of wrong flavor of driver. Please verify you have correct one for XP (Digi has all flavors freely downloadable on their web site). Also, the way you describe how installation went sounds incorrect. When the "new hardware found" wizard pops up and you tell it where to find the driver files, there should be a new hardware found popup (or from system tray) for each com port as the installation continues automatically without requiring any input from you. This process should not be interrupted. I've many installations of this board in Dells running XP with no problem. Only XP Pro though, if you have the home edition then maybe that's a problem. I've found these boards very robust and reliable.

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First, my specs. P51 with Xeon processor, 64GB of ram, Win 10 Pro, NVIDIA Quadro M2200 Video, Intel HDGraphics P630 Video, Docking Station.  I have two external monitors via my docking station, one on the VGA other on the HDMI port. I also have two monitors via Sabrent USB to VGA devices. While I was out of town last week, Windows delivered an update to the Intel P630 graphics. Got home, put my P51 in the docking station. Bam, video driver keeps crashing, reverting to the basic driver and disabling all my external monitors.  I finally tracked it to the Intel P630 driver, I can uninstall it and reboot and it works fine for a while, but then after a reboot it crashes again.  I've tried reinstalling the NVIDIA driver from both their site and the Lenvo support site, no change. I looked for the P630 driver, but couldn't find it on the Lenovo site, at least as an independant download. It may be included in some other download. I did try getting the P630 from the Intel site, but what I downloaded said it wasn't compaitble with my machine.  Right now it has the same image on the internal monitor and the two monitors hooked to the docking station. Yes, the exact same image on three monitors, which shouldn't be possible under Windows. The two monitors coming in over USB seem to be OK and not have the "same desktop everywhere" issue.  I actually have two docking stations with external monitors, I have an office upstairs in my h... Read more

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hi, yes, my motherboard has ATI on board video and it's still on. I have a Nvidia geforce 550 ti video card that i much prefer to run my games.

I'm having a video confusion problem in my games where i can't see some of the video. I was told by the maker of the MOD for the specific game that i need to disable the ATI on board video so there wont be any more conflicts with my Nvidia video card.

How do i disable the on board video on my motherboard. the motherboard is the following:

MSI 790FX-GD70


A:how do i disable the ATI on-board video so my nvidia 550ti video card will run my gam

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ok heres the deal, i got a cheap-o pci-e card to put in my box so i can run it into my tv. the problem is that i need to use my on board video as well for my monitor is there settings or something out there i can change to make this work, because when i just hook them up i get no video on ither monitor or tv.

A:runing on board video and video card in my pci-e slot

It can only be one of the two enabled at a time. For most systems, as soon as you put the pci-card in the slot, it disables the on board video.

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Goodday Folks,
This forum can be a life saver for many. Thank You.
I formated the hard drive on my HP Vectra and now only have an option of 2 or 16 colors, it tells me that it has a a stsndsrd pci video adapter.The video card is onboard so I can not find what it actually is. Any thoughts would be greatly apprciated.

Kind Regards
Steven Top

A:video adaptor

What is the model number of your hp

Your should be able to download from www.hp.com in the support section

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Can anyone recommend a good DVI video adaptor -
have a dell XPS B1000r with a dell tft flatscreen but only an analogue video card.
The only one I've seen so far is the Hercules 3D Prophet DR-DVI.


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Hey everyone,

I recently received a Dell computer. It needed a new hard drive which I put in and I figured it would be good to go. However, when I turn the computer on it goes immediately to a black screen that gives this message:

This computer has an add-in graphics card, but the monitor cable is plugged into the integrated video connector.

To attach the monitor cable to the add-in graphics card:

1. Shut down the computer.
2. Plug the monitor cable into the add-in graphics card connector. This may require a video adaptor or video adaptor cable. (Provided with the system).
3. Turn on the computer.

So my question is: can I just buy a video adaptor cable for my monitor to hook it up or do I possibly need a new video card? If anyone has any idea what I need or where I could get one I would greatly appreciate it.


A:Video adaptor cable?

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I just got a new computer and it has a PCi express 16 slot on it and my old video card is agp 8x

what is a good ati card that i could play WoW and CS with for around 150$

A:New computer(on board video) want video card

Great Price here:

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Hi all,
I have a dell here with on board video that has failed (someone literally pulled the connector off of the motherboard). The system should be fine otherwise, therefore I was wondering if I could put in a old style PCI video card into one of the PCI slots (it does not have a video slot) and have it work. Or would the onboard video cause conflicts? I know that with some BIOS's you can turn off the onboard video, and this is usually a option if the motherboard has a video slot available (agp, PCI Express). Of course this motherboard does not and is a dell cheapo.

I am thinking it will probably work but thought I would ask before getting a card for it.


A:Can a dell use a pci video card if it has on board video?

Will a PCI video card work? Possibly!

Attached is a pic of a board where the Sub-D connector was pulled from the board, and when it was pulled it shorted out the board, and a PCI card would not work.

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I've been having problems with starting up my computer. Here are the specifications:

Compaq 17xl 365, Windows XP, replaced HD.
When I start up my computer, my screen will not turn on , but my harddrive will start spinning. There is one long beep, then 2 short beeps, then eventually 2 more short beeps.

Sometimes, I can start up my computer, and I will get a message about an XPERT VGA adaptor or something. My warranty is long expired, and I'll make a repair myself if the parts aren't much. The computer will freeze a lot if it gets running at all, and the screen will sometimes turn green then white, and stay like that. Can you help me?

Adam Stivala
[email protected]

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Hi there, can anyone help?

Is there a setting to allow for the simultaneous use of the video out on the Mo Bo and the video out of the graphics adapter.
Currently there is no signal at the video port of the Mo Bo with the graphics adapter installed

Graphics adapter: ATI RADEON 9550 - AGP 8x - 256 MB

Thank you heaps,

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i recently had a problem and was forced to buy a new hard drive because the old one was corrupt. so i called dell to ask them with help in reinstalling drivers onto my dell dimension 4550. i had no problems with the drivers until i got to the graphics driver. i am a gamer so i updated my video card to a radeon 9700 pro. and on the dell resource cd which contains the drivers i do not believe that those drivers will work for my video card. i was on the phone with dell going threw procedure and procedure...and i came to realize that they are quite worthless in helping me with my problem. i tried to download new drivers or the comp but a message that says "Setup was unable to complete the installation. Try to set up your display adaptor with a standord VGA driver before running setup." i dont know what to do and im lost...please someone help me...thanks for your time

A:video driver/display adaptor help


Setup was unable to complete installation

You may be recieving that message because of the drivers you now currently have installed. I would try the system default drivers first and then go online and update. I ran into a similar problem recently.

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My son has a dell inspiron 1300, he was having some issues with spyware and he started poking around and to make a long story short, he got into the screen properties, went to settings and changed the monitor arangment , If that wasn't enough he tried to change it back and couldnt. So to add more salt he went to the advance button, then adaptor, and disabled his adaptor then restarted his laptop. Needless to say it all booted up, windows logo came up and then after it loaded screen went blank. we could tell it was working just no screen. Tried to boot in safemode to no avail. Used my laptop andcounted key strokes and restored to the last save to no avail! plugged in a monitor to the side of laptop,"nothing" downloaded a boot program so I can look at all on the HD but cant find where to change it back because you can only see files. Computer came with No Disk so Im at witts end. Please Help. He has Home school stuff on this thing . Kinda sounds like it was done to get out of homework. but I doubt it. Any advice would be great!!!!!

A:Solved: accedently disabled video adaptor. HELP

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I am running a 13" Intel Macbook(NOT a Macbook Pro) with the LATEST version Boot Camp. I purchased today the mini-dvi to video adapter...the one with an RCA video and SVGA video output on one end and the mini-dvi input on the other end. I am connecting it to a 15" Panasonic TV via the RCA video jack.

So, it works fine under OSX, but under XP, it won't. Just a blank screen on the TV under XP.

I've tried changing the display in the display settings, but no luck. On the taskbar in Windows is an icon for 'Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Mobile...'. When I go into the properties for that, there is an option that says

"Multiple Display - Note: Two displays must be connected to the computer before you can use this feature. Please connect another display."

And it says this whether the mini-DVI adaptor is plugged in or not.

So, anyone know of any solution? Is there any way to make this work with what I have?

If it's just a problem with boot camp, like some lack of driver or something, will it be resolved in the next update of bootcamp?

I've heard this is a fairly common problem.

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So, I have this problem: I had Windows 7 64 bits and it was everything fine, but I have some programs that require drivers, and there isn't a driver for 64 bits. So I tried installing the Windows 7 32 bits version.

Everything was working fine, until I found out that my video card isn't being recognized anymore, and it's being showed as "Standard VGA Adaptor". I searched and found out some people with the same problem. Most people advised them to update drivers, but that didn't work with me.

The following error ocurrs when I try running the stup.exe which should update my video card's driver: "The NVIDIA setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit."

The thing is, I tried unistalling the "Standard VGA Adaptor" driver, but it requeires me to reboot, and when it reboots the drivers are automaically reinstalled. I also tried reinstalling Windows 7 32 bits, didn't work. Tried reinstalling Windows 7 64 bits, didn't work.

Any help would be really appreciated. It's been a few days since I had this problem, and I'm trying to solve it non-stop.
And before I forget, my Video Card is the "nVIDIA GeForce G210M".

A:Video Card is recognized as Standard VGA Adaptor

I have this same exact problem.

Windows 7 Prof. 32-bit, and it says I have Standard VGA Adapter.

I ran fine on Vista with a NVIDIA (don't know model) but now it says I have this and I get the error: "No graphics device with hardwaresupport was found using DirectX! If this is not correct restarting the computer may help." when I try a video game or Aero graphics.

Restarting doesn't help, and my Windows Experience Index puts graphics and gaming graphics at 1.0 on a 7.9 scale and I used to have 5.4 with Vista on both.

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By Mistake On changing graphic adaptor in Bios settings I changed video adaptor to internal and my monitor is now blank . How can I solve it??
Plz help me

A:How to change video adaptor to External when monitor s blank

my windows is windows7 Ultimate 32 bit

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Yet another problem needing a solution. I was given yet another PC assembled by my brother (part of the problem). I have everything working except for needing better video. The on-board video only gives me the options of 2 or 16 color @640 x 480 pixel . I obviously need better graphics capability for many of the programs and games we would be using. I have a PCI video card left from a former AGP upgrade on another system that I think should work. I need someone to walk me thru the procedures to deactivate the on board video and install and activate the PCI replacement. All I know about the mother board is what the owners manual tells me. I see no specific instructions on this particular procedure.

The MOBO is a Micro ATX Socket 370 1st Mainboard FR33 with a 733 mHz processor (Cyrix.... I think)....Award BIOS

I've looked all over in the BIOS for a enable/disable on board video...no luck

Any help would be appreciated

A:Replacing On-Board Video with PCI Video

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What is better a run-of-the-mill on-board video made in 2000 with 1 mb of video ram, or a pci video card that is made in 1995 and has 4 mb of video ram?

A:Video Card Vs On-board Video

Did you look into the BIOS to see if you can allocate more RAM to the onboard?

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I have an ARK Logic 2000-pv2m video board. I don't want to install it until I can determine what the resolution is. I've search PCWORLD, PCMAG, ZDNET, CNET, and the ARK LOGIC sites. I can find no specs on this item. Apparently ARK LOGIC has been sold but I don't know to whom. Can anyone help?

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I managed to disable on-board video for my pc in order to use a ATI Radeon 7000. Im having problems with it so i wanted to know how do i get on board video to work again, b/c eveytime i connect the screen to the onboard video it doesn/t show anything.(i know im posting alot about video cards but I really need the help. I really appreciate it )

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HELP!!! I am working on an older computer with a soyo mother board sy-7IWM/L V1/0 500 mhz celron with 128 meg ram. It has on board graphics that i cant seem to get to work. First i looked for drivers, but none of them seem to work i constatnly get error messages when i try to install them, even the ones i downloaded form intel. so i tried to install my own graphics card. and old diamond multimedia dm975. well this created a conflict even though i disabled the on board vga controller it automatically enables itself. It is driving me crazy. ANy ehlp is appreciated.

A:on board video

Try installing the mobo's chipset drivers first then do the video/agp drivers.

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Hi all, question please. I have a PIII 700mhz board with on-board video which I have established is not working. How is this fixed, do I have to replace the mainboard or buy a new PC altogether. Or is there a way to test it.
Thanks Andy.

A:On board Video

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I think I have a problem with my on-board video but I'm not 100% sure. Last night while on my computer, my monitor would go black and the power light on the monitor would go from green to amber. This happened several times. The only thing I could do was to turn off the computer and turn it back on. It's an Emachine and I don't know if I could disable the on-board video. But that doesn't matter because I don't have any available slots open to install a video card anyway. What do you think the problem could be?

A:on-board video

It could be the graphics chipset is over-heating, but that would be unusual in a system that has it onboard, as those GPUs are pretty low powered. Unless you over-taxing it with a high-power game or similar at the time?

Its more likely that the connection between PC and monitor is dodgy. Check that the monitor lead is really securely fixed in place, that there are no bent pins either end of the connector lead, and also that the connector to the motherboard is also secure.

Has anyone trodden on the monitor data cable, or could it have got damaged in some other way?

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I currently have a p3 500 and a voodoo3 1000 8mb agp card. I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard/processor. I've been shoping around and have seen alot of motherboards with on-board video. What is better, on-board video or video cards? I play games, internet, etc...

Any opinion will be helpfull..


A:on-board video vs. cards

Videocards are better.

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greetings all,

I have a PC Chips motherboard, (m756mrt), with 750 p111 and 512 mbs of pc133.
the manual says the onboard video can use 64 mbs of ram....I have it set that way in the bios, but it only shows up using 32 mbs, (system and sysoft sandra) any ideas?

thanks much

A:on board video memory

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 that no longer displays video. I moved the monitor to another PC and it worked fine. I took a another monitor that I know works and plugged it to GX270 and it didn't work.

When I opened the case, the power supply was very, very hot. SOOOOOOOOO, I purchased another power supply in case it was bad. I bought an ATI Video card and installed it.

Does anyone know if the on-board video in the GX270 needs to be disabled and if so, how do you do that in the GX270?

Have a merry Christmas!

A:Solved: On-board Video

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I am on a budget and this is the most I can afford. I want to play Crisis and many of the newer games, but I am on a budged.

I want this card:

but would it work on my motherboard:


My biggest concern is would this PCI Express x16 card work on the PCI slots of my board?

Thank you to anyone who knows for sure and posts back. =)

A:Can I use this Video card with my board??

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I have an old HP Pavillion model 4440 computer. I need to disable the on board video and audio. How is this done?

A:Disable on board video

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I have a PCI video card that I want to install on my motherboard. I am having a problem disabling the existing on-board video.

My system is:

PC Chips M758LMR v 1.0 MB on board sound/ video
256 Meg RAM
20 Gig HD
Celeron 900 mhz Processor FGA-2 #BX80526F900128SL633
Win 98SE
300Watt Power supply

There is not a place in the device manager to disable the SIS 620 Video.

If I put the video card in a slot(there are 3) the computer will not boot up. If I remove the SIS 620 device, windows reinstalls it when I boot up again. I cannot find any program to remove related to video or video drivers.

It dosen't appear that there is a jumper on the board related to video in the manual I found on the internet. The manual does state that a Video card can be installed.

I have searched the forum and found out that this is a common problem, but didn't find anything specific for my motherboard.

Thanks, Al

A:Disable on-board video

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i was just recently working on a xp machine and i left it for about roughly 5 min and coming back i noticed the screen just black out , it was hooked up to a kvm switch so i pluged it in directly and still nothing ... i took apart the pc and put it back together , and i also tried a pci video card.( was originally onboard ) it just amazes me that this can happen like this but what is the fist thing that comes to your mind .... the pc goes on all fans are going .... thank u for feed back

A:on board video died?

Although it's usually something else don't forget to try another monitor. On some MBs with onboard video adding a PCI video card will disable the onboard, but on some it won't so that can still be the problem. Start with everything removed except CPU/HS/Fan, RAM(one stick if you have two) and video. Try resetting BIOS with either the MB jumper or removing the battery. After that it's replacing parts. What make and model do you have for a system?

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When I'm adjusting my many icons and shortcuts on my desktop, often, particularly when I change resolutions, all of the icons will bunch together in the upper left corner of my screen, requiring me to rearrange them again. As I'm dragging them to the right locations, often the mouse travels across the screen, but the image of the icon has frozen part of the way across. It has transparency. I hold my mouse in place waiting, then after some 20 to 30 seconds, the icon snaps into the new spot where my mouse cursor is positioned. Is this a video card "overload" problem? My video is on-board, as delivered in the machine.

Should I consider replacing this on-board video or do I have another problem? It's been this way since new.

A:Is this a video board problem?

Hey tepeco

Does this only occur with the icon moving? Or does it happen with anything else?


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If the mobo has onboard video of 4 megs but allows you, in bios, to increase to 8megs, where does the memory usage come from?

By changing from 4mb to 8 mb the memory usage has to affect something else? Right? (besides the improved video)
What is or may be negatively affected?

Hope this makes sense.

A:On-board video increase

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I have a Gateway GT5252 Desktop here at work from one of my co workers friends. The on board video died. She put in a PCI Express Graphics Card. There is still no video. We think we need to go into the BIOS and change the information related to graphics around to do the PCI Express Graphics Card instead of the on board. The problem is that when we boot it up it wont show anything. Any suggestions? If anyone can post by the end of the day (230/245) that would be great that way we can get started on fixing the issue really fast.

thank you

A:On board video issue

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I have a HP Pavilion Media Center m8430f with a NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT video board.
While loading updates, one of which was ”HP – Display – 2311 Series Wide LCD Monitor”
My computer crashed. When it rebooted the first screen, instead of having a blue background, had a blue and white vertical lines about 3/8” wide background. The next screen was black background with letters in different colors. It next went into windows and crashed in a few seconds. There was a BOSD but it went by too fast to read.
I went into setup and changed the video setting from PCI to On Board.I used the system board VGA connector and was able to boot clean.
Is my video board bad or is there something on it that was corrupted?
Is there any way to diagnose it?

A:Video board crash

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I'm running an old Savage Pro on 32mb RAM and noticed in CMOS that I could associate more. Would there be any adverse affects in pumping that 32 up to 64? I'm running 1Gig of RAM right now.

A:Attributing more RAM to on-board video

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I want to install a new monitor but I don't know what video board to get
my motherboard is GA-990XA-UD3 (Socket M2)
please help!!!
I am using windows 10

A:New Monitor - What video board?


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How do you disable the onboard video in the bios ?

A:Disable on-board video

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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I have an "older" PC Chips M747 motherboard with an 8MB SiS 6326 AGP video chipset on-board. It's been good, but the flight simulator I use appears as though it's beginning to desire faster video, plus my kids use quite a few graphic intensive art programs. I have an open PCI slot(no AGP slot), & was thinking about getting a little faster PCI card for this computer. Here's the rub. According to the manual, there does not appear to be any jumpers whereby I can disable the SiS chipset, in order to install a card. PC Chips appears to have absolutely no interest in answering e-mail, so I'm here asking if any of you "brains" out there could tell if & how I can disable the SiS, & install a PCI card, & do you think this is feasible with this older system(I may pop a PII 450 in, which will help some I'm sure, but I would still only have 8 MB of video.(I know, buy a newer, faster computer, yes, but when I do, the kids get it). Someone mentioned I might be able to do this in CMOS, but I thought I'd ask first.
PII 350
224 MB RAM

A:Disabling on-board video

Your AGP is in most cases going to be faster than any PCI card you can put in there. Most likely it is your drivers that are in need of upgrading...maybe DirectX also. If you are intent on changing it, the setting you are looking for is probably in the BIOS. Some motherboards disable the onboard one when another one is plugged in. Look in the BIOS first.

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Can an nForce220D on board Video support a DVD? I was told it could not and not to buy one because it would be a waste.

Thank you

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How do I tell what type of onboard video card do I have. When I go under device manager and go too display adapters I get "standard pci graphics adapter (vga)". I am stuck at 640 x 480 and want out. I cannot get the slide bar to move. I believe I have a Amercian Megatrends motherboard. System win98se. Thaks for your help.

A:on board video card

I suggest asking a mod to move the thread to Hardware

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I have a gigabyte model ga-5smm motherboard with onboard video. I want to install a pci video card and don't know what to change in the bios to disable the onbard video.
can anyone help?

A:disabling on board video

Most of them are pretty easy just go through all the options in the bios until you see it.. Write down any changes you make so you can put them back..

Remember to go into device manager and delete the old video card there to then reboot dissable then replace...

All bioses can be different so it is tuff to tell you how..

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I have an Intel Mainboard that runs in Dual Channel configuration and uses RAM in pairs. My computer has a total of 2 Gigs of System RAM and I just found out that I have mismatched pairs of RAM in my system. Two of my strips are Corsair DDR400 RAM with 8 chips per strip and two of my strips are some generic DDR400 RAM I have never heard of with 16 chips per strip.

I have always been told that for the best performance the RAM has to be identical (ie: same number of chips on each strip and same number of chips on the front and the back of each strip). What I would like to know is how much of a performance hit am I taking with mismatched RAM in my computer?

If I remove the generic RAM and eliminate the mismatch even though I have cut my RAM in half will I really benefit from having a 'matched' set of RAM in my computer or should I leave the mismatched pairs of RAM in my computer?

Also, I have been seriously thinking about putting a Video Board into my computer. Right now, I have 72 Megs of dedicated onboard Video (it doesn't steal from system RAM).

Would I be better off spending my money to bump the RAM back up to 2 Gigs or am I fine with 1 Gig of System RAM and better off getting a Video Board with 256 Megs of RAM?

Thanks for the assist.

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I know there have been many wise posts that advise using Vista drivers from the computer maker. I have tried Dell -- indeed, I spent more than an hour having a email conversation with a Dell tech who finally suggested I try an Intel web site. There were a few likely prospects at Intel but I couldn't get any of them to do the trick. I wind up with such a poor resolution that I can't read an entire page, with a slightly higher resolution the colors get overly saturated making everything almost unreadable.

I am running a Dell Dimension 2400 with Vista Business. 2 gigs of ram. It was all running fine until I had to do a Vista reinstall.

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The integrated Intel 865GV video you have isn't supported by Vista which is why you're having trouble finding drivers for it.

Did you install an XP driver for it by chance? Check in Programs and Features to see if it lists an Intel Extreme Graphics or Intel GMA driver and if it does uninstall it. And/or go to Device Manager and uninstall the Intel video driver and restart the computer and let Vista reinstall it. Vista does have many built in drivers that work with cards that aren't officially supported, also check the Windows Update site, you'll have to ask it to do a scan and then select to view the Optional updates to see if there's any driver updates.

Also try updating the Intel Chipset drivers, sometimes that helps too: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det... Vista* Home Premium, 32-bit version&lang=eng

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