dell server sc1430 graphics upgrade

hi experts,

my boss has a dell sc1430 server which dual boots into windows sbs2003 or windows vista. Im trying to upgrade the graphics from the onboard graphics to a pci nvidia geforce 6200. Ive uninstalled the onboard graphics from both os, however when i insert the pci card i cant see any display. The server starts up, all the fans whirl etc, but i cannot see anything on screen, not even post info etc.

if i remove the card everything is ok

any ideas what im missing/ the best way to upgrade this servers graphics?

cheers

paul
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jamietonerCommented:
Bad new is almost all of dells servers do not support add-in graphics cards. Dell's support site is on the fritz so i can't check the bios info to confirm that on this system. Go into the bios and see if you can switch the primary video from onboard to pci.
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arrkerr1024Commented:
The onboard video will just stop working when you plug in an external card - you don't need to bother with removing the card from the OS.

The slots are 4x pci-e.  If  your card draws a lot of power you probably need a card with an external power connector - I've heard of a number of problems caused by this.  I wouldn't think the 6200 would pull too much though.  I'd start by just trying a different card.

If you really want good graphics a poweredge isn't really a good way to go.  They're best left sitting in a server room w/a tiny display.
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Paul WalshSystem AdministratorAuthor Commented:
hi guys,

thanks for the advice. The card works as i have tried it in another machine. Ill have a look in the bios, see if theres a way of disabling the onboard graphics but i dont recall seeing any option to do so. The card itself states it needs a minimum of a 400 watt psu, the server has a 700w so i dont think its a power issue.

cheers

paul
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arrkerr1024Commented:
What speed is the pci-e card?

I don't know why, but it always seems to be a pain to upgrade the video cards in these things.  They seem to only like certain ones - for no specific reason.  Some times they just flat out won't support an add-on video card.

I'd still try a different card, if you have one.
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Paul WalshSystem AdministratorAuthor Commented:
as it turns out this server wont take any graphics cards sigh...ah well, thanks for your advice guys ill split the points

thanks again

paul
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