How to set AGP as primary display on Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 motherboard with Award BIOS?

Posted on 2004-10-15
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I recently put in a Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 motherboard with a P4 2.4 CPU (upgrading from a 1.3). I've been running two display adapters for quite some time, with the AGP as my primary display. However, I can't find a way to set the AGP as the primary display in this version of the Award BIOS. I've flashed to the most recent Bios and still can't find a way. There don't appear to be any settings for primary display in the Bios. Anyone have any ideas?

Question by:Nathan7
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There are no settings, this board will automatically use AGP as the primary adapter.

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Allow me to clarify ... I was running the two display adapters with no problem on the previous motherboard which allowed me to select which adapter was the primary. But the Gigabyte board does not have a setting that I can find in the bios to set the primary and it defaults to the PCI card, NOT the AGP.

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I see said the blind man...
Look under Display Properties, NVidia drivers have a selection for use as Primary Adapter and I would assume ATI does also. Can you please give mfg/model(s) of your video cards? That may help with the solution...T

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right click on my computer, click properties:
go to hardware [upper tab], click device manager:
disable any display adapter that you do not want

or just take out the pci display card? ;)
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Here are my video cards:
All-In-Wonder 128 Pro AGP
NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
I need the All-In-Wonder 128 Pro AGP card to be the primary display, otherwise I can't use TV or any of the video capture features. I just can't figure out how to do it using this motherboard. I didn't have any problems with the other motherboard. The option was plainly available in the CMOS on the other motherboard.

I don't want to take out the PCI card because I depend on dual monitor display and since there's only one AGP port, to do dual monitor I have to have a PCI card, which apparently this mobo defaults to as primary.

I looked under Display Properties for both the NVidia and the ATI and can't find a selection to use as Primary Adapter for either card.

Thanks for y'all's help. I look forward to giving away lots of points on this one! (Which would mean the problem is solved! <G>)


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I would try the PCI card in a different slot, it used to be the AGP shared the top PCI slot. I would install the AGP first and then shutdown and put in the PCI card.

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I found the answer! I contacted Gigabyte's tech support through their website but initially didn't get a response so I turned here. This morning I received an email that they had responded to my question. Here's what Gigabyte tech support said:

> Under BIOS please hold onto CTRL F1 to bring out more features. If the option
> still aren't available then the board doesn't have this feature.

So I tried the CTRL F1 command in the BIOS and believe it or not, the option to select which adapter as primary magically appeared. I didn't find the CTRL F1 documented in the user manual (perhaps I overlooked it) but when I googled "Gigabyte CTRL F1" I find that it's apparently a fairly common practice of Gigabyte, although they get quite a few dings for not documenting it.

Anyhow, I was able to find the answer and share it in hopes it will help someone else. Thanks to all who offered suggestions.


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