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Hi,

My company hired a person who will work from home part time.  He needs dual monitor, but his machine has only
PCI slot, so, I bought one.

After I put the card in, the machine runs so slow, any ideas?

I plug one monior into original one whic is on the mother board and the other on the card itself.  Also, I disable the default driver.  Thx
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by:Callandor
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When you installed the video card, did you install the video drivers?  They are essential for smooth operation.
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Yes, i did.
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Define what you mean by "slow": if one is running remote desktop on another machine, for example, the video redrawing is slow, which is to be expected.  Which applications have been affected, and how?
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It is a home pc, he brought it in today. I did not even plug network core in.   :(
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he has a p4 2.66ghz with 128m

When I check task manger, it take up about 150 m ram, is this normal?  thx
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If this is WinXP, 150MB is normal.  This would also be the reason why the system is slow: WinXP needs a minimum of 256MB, and really should have 512MB for good operation.  At 128MB RAM, the system is constantly swapping to disk - just watch the hard disk LED.
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even it is Home not pro? thx
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once i have pci card inserted, it keeps popping up err msg...saying delayed write failed
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by:Callandor
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XP Home has similar memory requirements to Pro.  I'm surprised this system was ever fast - did someone tell you the system was slow because of the video card?  It was probably slow before it was installed.

Make sure the card is firmly seated.
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by:stockhes
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If you run 2 video boards in the same comp you put a extra load on RAM and CPU.
The proper way is to Buy a dual monitor capable GFX and attach both monitors to that

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by:mcrmg
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That's what I have.  But when I plug two monitors into that card, only one would work.

I went to seeting, there 1, 2 monitors, only one can be aggigned to that card, the other one alway goes to the default one which is the one on mother board

please help...thx
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Even I diable the default driver, I can still select it in the setting
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by:Callandor
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See if you can you disable the onboard video in the BIOS, or if there is a jumper on the motherboad.
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okay, right now, both monitors are on that dual pci card, which is a good news.  However, it seems a little bit slow when it was using itsown video card alone.
Does dual card requests more resources from cpu?thx
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What manufacturer and model did you get?  Some are better than others.  I still think the source of your slowness is lack of RAM.
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G force 5200
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by:mcrmg
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He took his machine home, and let me know if there is any fifference now and then...

Besides from RAM, is that possible that dual card take take uo sources two?thx
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by:Callandor
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The FX5200 is not as powerful as other cards, but it should be sufficient for everything except 3D games.
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The purpose for that card is to do some work, if he wants to play games, he will have to buy a better card himself...   lol

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knows is that possible that dual card take take up more sources then using default video card?

thx
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by:burrcm
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I have run dual on pc's from Dell PIII/700 to P4/2.8. No noticeable slowdown. In this case, the comments above would seem to be correct - not enough RAM.

Chris B
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disabling the onboard video in bios should free the ram allocated for video
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How can I diable that in bios?thx
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mcrmg i honestly think you should take the advice from previous posts and add more memory. even though you are able to adjust the bios setting it wouldnt matter, xp home or pro does not run well on only 128mb. memory is fairly cheap, i would recommend at least 512mb of memory because of the dual monitor and one is to only assume that two monitors = more applications running.
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