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Problems adding pci graphics card to asus 95vdc-TVM

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I've recently purchased a maxdata FAVORIT desktop computer, here are the specs:

MOBO: ASUS P5VDC-TVM
CPU   : Intel Celeron D 3.06Ghz  Processor
HD     : SATA (don't know which brand)

here's the link to the computer on ebuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116031

here's a link on the maxdata site to some useful info about the asus board: http://ftp.maxdata.com/index.asp?info=/info/20_MAXDATA_PCs/10_MAXDATA_Desktop/40_Driver/Mainboards/ASUS_Mainboards/ASUS_P5VDC-TVM

I'm trying to install a Radeon 9250 PCI BUS VERSION graphics card, but when I do the computer will not boot from the SATA hard drive.

Can anyone help me sort this problem out?

Thanks,
Phil
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by:wlennon
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Go into your BIOS Settings and disable the onborad Video and reboot the system, that should enable the PCI card if you have intsalled the drivers and/or software.

Wes
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by:Philipk
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I can't find a reference in the BIOS to the on board graphics. I've looked through the manual, and can't find anything there either. Here it is in case it's any help:

ASUS P5VDC-TVM manual (PDF format) 6mb approx

http://ftp.maxdata.com/index.asp?info=/info/20_MAXDATA_PCs/10_MAXDATA_Desktop/40_Driver/Mainboards/ASUS_Mainboards/ASUS_P5VDC-TVM/Manual
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Hi Philipk,

i opened the .PDF file in the link above and i can't find in the BIOS an option for selecting the first video device...
in every other BIOS i've seen there is an option to select weather to boot the computer from an AGP or PCI video card,
but in your case i don't see that option in your BIOS !
You should however try and find if there is such an option in your BIOS - but be very careful when changing things in the
BIOS, if you are not sure what you are doing, when exiting the BIOS make sure NOT to select the SAVE AND EXIT option !!!

OK, if there is such an option in your BIOS you could try setting it to start the PCI video card first.

Also you could try inserting your PCI video card in a different PCI slot (cycle through all of them), since every PCI slot shares an IRQ
with another device so if there is a conflict it can't recognize the video card.

Also try removing all other cards that you might have, to eliminate possible conflict and to make sure it's not another card making the
problem, just the PCI card and cycle through the PCI slots.

OK, try these things,
i hope you'll find a solution to your problem,

regards,
Dime
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by:wlennon
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Philipk,

In your BIOS settings you will find it will be under Integrated Peripherals, look for Onboard Graphics or AGP Video then turn it off...Save and Exit.
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by:Philipk
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I've looked under integrated Peripherals and there is no option of onboard graphics or AGP - only sound/ lan and so on.
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Yes, i told you i also looked at the ASUS manual and there also wasn't such an option !

Have you tried the other things i mentioned in my previous post ?

Any luck ?


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by:Philipk
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Hi,

Sorry for the delay in responding. I've just tried the pci card in each slot (no other cards installed), but I'm still getting the same problem.

I thought perhaps that there might be a bios update, but it seems I'm running the latest bios already- however, I noticed in this document (bios history text file): ftp://ftp.maxdata.com/20_MAXDATA_PCs/10_MAXDATA_Desktop/40_Driver/Mainboards/ASUS_Mainboards/ASUS_P5VDC-TVM/BIOS/History.txt    a line that reads:

BIOS version: 0108        Date: 04/26/2006

1. Add "AGP Aperture Size" item on Advanced Chipset Features menu.

but I can't find that feature anywhere in the bios settings on my computer.

Any ideas?

Thanks
Phil
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by:Philipk
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BTW - my BIOS version is 0201
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by:Dime1981
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The AGP aperture size has nothing to do with your problem, so don't worry about that option.

You might wanna try an older BIOS ?! :) (That's on your own risk, i wouldn't recommend that however !)

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by:Philipk
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I don't want to roll back to an older bios. I've sent an email to Maxdata to see if they can help. Annoyingly ASUS won't support it because, even though they manufacture the MOBO, it is made exclusively for Maxdata so I must turn to them for support.
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by:Philipk
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I just received a reply from Maxdata:

"Afternoon Philip,

I forwarded your query to my Product Manager and received the following
response:

This motherboard concept was not intended to add a PCI Graphics card and therefore we have not tested it in that manner. The only suggestion is that the PCI card has a conflict with the SATA controller, so you could try the card in the other slots to see it the PC will boot

Regards

Lizz Griffiths"

Kind of feels a bit like - the computer has expansion slots which work just fine, as long as you don't use them to expand the capabilities of the computer.

Is there likely to be a solution to this?

Phil
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by:Philipk
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Thanks everyone for your help, but unfortunately I did not reach a solution so I'm going to ask this question to be closed. After my discussion with Maxdata, it seems the only way to get it to work is to disable the onboard sata and use an ide hd instead. It's a pain, but I need need the dual monitors more than I need the sata. Hopefully they'll introduce a BIOS fix some time in the future, but I'm not going to hold my breath!

Thanks again.

Phil
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