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I just bought a 32Meg Riva TNT2 Video card. I have disable the onboard video card in bios and in windows (win2k). The problem I am having is when I change the value "Assign IRQ to VGA" in bios to enabled. It works when I boot up. However when I reboot or shut down, the setting changes back to disable. I replaced the CMOS battery, but no luck. Any help is appreciated.

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Steven
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by:BOFH
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Make sure that you dont have any security settings set that ignore changes.
Disable virus protection (temporarily)
Also make sure that the jumper for bios reset is set correctly, otherwise it will reset the bios every time the machine is power cycled.

Hope something helps here.
BOFH
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by:pallidin
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And, be certain that you have Win2000 drivers installed for that card as well as reading the "Readme" file associated with the installation disk.
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by:Crash2100
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also check to see if there is a jumpper for the VGA IRQ on the motherboard.
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by:5thcav
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Can you save any changes at all to the bois? (if not)

Your bios/CMOS chip is set to read only on your motherboard jumer settings and need to be set to allow CMOS writes.


other options:

set your bios to auto config pci / hardware

If all fails short out your bios jumper to reset its data,, be sure to record any settings you will need to return it back to its old state.

and your last step that is not for the meek is to download
a bios update from your motherboard/computer maker and Flash your bios/CMOS with and updated rom.

good look!

look for a setting that allows you
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by:Eufracia
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This may be a dumb question, but: Why do you want to assign an IRQ to VGA?
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by:defore
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5thcav's

I am able to write to my bios. The bios version I have is the latest availible. I tried to set it auto/config PCI, but still no luck.
Please leave only comments.

Pallidin
 
I do have the win2k drivers for this card installed.

BOFH

I don't have any security settings on my bios. I tried to disable my antivirus (norton 2002), but no luck. I assume that my jumpers are set correctly, as I can write other information to bios.

Crash2100

I will try your solution tomorrow, I haven't had time to take my computer down.


Thanks for the comments.

Steven

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Kyle Schroeder earned 175 total points
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Eufracia:

If you don't assign an IRQ to the VGA card (the TNT2 in this case) then video performance can be severely degraded, especially in 3D games.

defore:
What motherboard are you using, and which driver version?  nVidia just released new WHQL (Microsoft) certified drivers for their cards yesterday...see:
http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=windows2000

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by:defore
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There is no jumper on  the board. The board is
  SIS 620 AIO S370 MB BMA
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Hmm, that sounds like a generic OEM name from the shop you got it from...call them back and ask for a vendor name (Amptron, Shuttle, PCChips (God forbid), etc) and model number.

How do you know you have the latest BIOS if you don't know the model of the board??

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How do I delete this question and split the points?

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by:Crash2100
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post a question in the community support topic for zero points, give them the location of the question and tell them how you want the points divided.
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by:defore
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Cleaning up my open questions.

Problem solved. Indeed Ended up being a driver problem.

Thanks for all your help

Matt Defore
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Thanks for resolving this, and glad I could help!

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