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Video card problems.

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I've just recently built a system for my family. I want to add an older video card that I've just had lying around. At the moment, it just has on-board 16mb video. I want to add the ATI Rage 128 that I have spare. When I plug it in, the system won't boot. I know the video card works b/c it works in other computers. It also won't allow me to plug the monitor in to the on-board when I have the vid card plugged in. Back to the not being able to boot, it goes through the initial boot, where it check the drives and ram and stuff.. then it stop on: "Checking NVRAM...Update OK!"

That's the last line of the boot process, at which point it's not really frozen, but its stuck.

If I take the vid card out and use the onboard to try to install drivers, it says that there is no hardware on this computer for these drivers. SO....

I can't install the drivers b/c I cant boot with the vid card in, and I can't get the vid card to have drivers b/c I can't install it and get to windows at the same time.

Any insight appreciated.
Dec 16 '06 #1
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Hi there,

If i'm not mistaken, when you used the ATI and it won't boot because it stucks on "Checking NVRAM...Update OK!" and you said that the video card is working properly using another computer.

Check your AGP port how much voltage it can handle and the same thing with your video card. You may not be able to install the device driver unless you are using the video card and it works properly til you boot up your windows.

Can you provide the model of your motherboard and the video card also?

Hope this helps.
Dec 18 '06 #2

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I suggest trying another video card and see if it boots, make sure you are plugging your vga cord in the appropriate video card when booting. Also I had a similar problem with my old riva there should be a setting in the bios to let it know if you want to use an external video card and how much memory its running. Check and update your bios and make sure the video card is not bad.

Regards, Cyberdyne.
Dec 27 '06 #3

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