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Posted on 2013-06-01
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Hi,

I recently upgraded the graphics card in my MS-DOS based computer from ISA to PCI, but upon booting up I receive the message: Auto-Configuration Error 03:03 Bus#: 00 Device#: 02 Function#: 00. If it is any help, I have attached a picture of the card.

Can anyone help?

Thanks.PCI Card
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"...  upgraded from ISA to PCI ..."  ==> Wow ... does that ever bring back memories.

An S3 Virge should work in the system, as long as it's at least a PCI v2.1 bus ... i.e. circa 1995 or so.

Try a different PCI slot -- not all PCI slots on older systems were bus-mastering.   Not sure if this card requires that, but it won't hurt to simply try it in another slot (for that matter, I'd simply try it in ALL of your PCI slots).

Are you getting that message immediately ... or is this only after POST?   i.e. can you get to the BIOS okay?    If so, check to confirm whether there are any settings for the preferred video interface ... you may have to enable PCI video.
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Hi Gary,

I forgot to add that I have tried all PCI Slots and I still get the error (there are only three). I can get to the BIOS okay.

It's a very old Socket 5 Intel Board circa 1994 I think, unfortunately I don't know the BIOS string so I can't give you more information. There does not appear to be one upon booting.

The card has Copyright 1996 on it, could it be that the card is too new for the board?

I will now look for this enable PCI video option in the BIOS and then try an S3 Virge card from 1995.

Thanks.
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Since you're getting to the BIOS, then the card is "working" in terms of generating video, so it's probably not a voltage issue [PCI v1 slots were 5v, PCI v2.1 slots are 3.3v] ... but I suppose it COULD be something like that.

I'm at a loss as to what you might try, other than trying to find an even older video card !!

Did the ISA card stop working?    ... just curious why the switch to the PCI card (it clearly can't be "performance" on a system of that vintage !!)
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Hi Gary,

I entered the "Plug & Play Configuration" menu in the BIOS and changed the configuration mode from "Use Setup Utility" to "Use ICU" and the error message is now gone.

I then started having problems with my ISA AWE 64 Gold Sound Card but that appears to be fixed now. I sliced my finger right open in the process of fixing the Sound Card. Ouch!

The reason for the change is because the PCI card gives a noticeably better display picture when running old applications and games. The ISA card gave a "grainy" appearance which got on my nerves after a while.

Thank you for your help.

Regards,

Rich
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