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I have bought an IBM machine one and a half year ago.  When I try to upgrade the graphic card recently, I find that the graphic unit was an on-broad one...
Anything I can do to disable the on-broad stuff???  It's not availible on the CMOS setup...
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by:swwelsh
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there could be a jumper on the motherboard that disables the on-board video, but a lot of the boards will automatically disable the onboard when you plug in another one. On some, older Compaqs for example, you have to disable the old video in device manager because windows will continue to detect it even when it is disabled
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by:u8semaj
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Ditto on swwelsh's comment, however depending on the card you may have to upgrade the bios.
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by:freshwbc
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Anyway, I'm trying to get a ASUS V3800P10PCI
It's really an expensive stuff that make me feel alert before the upgrade.

Would the IRQ jumper has anything to do with such upgrade?

Thx a lots~~~
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by:Itbeme
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Check your manual for the jumper setting to turn off your on-board video card as mentioned above by swwelsh.  If you can't find it, post your model # and someone will come up with the location on the board for it, or tell you if it's automatic, as mentioned by u8semaj.  As for the IRQ jumper?  I looked at the manual for the Asus video card and I dont think you need to set any IRQ jumper in that card.  My recommendation:
1. Once you know how to disable your on-board video.  Make sure you have a driver for it.
2. Delete it from Windows & power down.
3. Disable the on-board video.
4  Install the new card.
5. Power up and allow windows to find the new Asus video card and install the drivers.

That should take care of your video upgrade.
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by:Itbeme
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sorry swwelsh- you also mentioned the automatic disable not u8semaj.  
One more thing,  The bios may need to be upgraded as mentioned by u8semaj, but it's only a 1 1/2 old? Which in this business is old. So Maybe.
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The model # is 2138-EG6
The broad should be Acer V64XA and there's a ATI Rage Pro 3D AGP built-in...

(It's ironic that such motherbroad has got an AGP built-in but hasn't got an AGP port...)

If somebody out there can help me out it'd be most grateful.

Thanks for you kind attention
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from the ibm support page:
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The following Aptiva models will automatically disable their onboard video chipsets when an auto-disabling, PCI video card is installed:

- All 2144/2168 Mxx and Axx models.
- All 2176 Aptivas with ATI 3D Rage video chipset.
- All 2136 and 2137 models.
- All 2161 and 2162 models.
- All 2139 and 2153 models.
- All 2156 models.
- All 2158 and 2163 models.
- All 2159 models.
- All 2170, 2171, and 2172 models.

Note : A BIOS update may be required for the newer video card to function properly on some machines. Not all video cards work with all machines.

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no mention of the 2138 model. There is 4meg .pdf file about the system that you might look at, but you may already have all that info in your manual. Is there a specific application that you want the newer card for? Because if it was me, I would hesitate to invest a lot of money in a pci card unless I really had to have it - it's a step back from agp

 
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by:freshwbc
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I've done a little experiment and I'm now sure that the on-broad unit can be automatically disable.
Thanks for your kind attention.
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