How to install PCI video card on old computer that had onboard video
Posted on 2014-10-12
Hi, I asked a kind-of-related question about a month ago about what would be a compatible video card for my old dinosaur computer. Yesterday I just bought a second hand card from someone on a local buy/sell website and I'm having trouble installing it.
My computer is an old eMachines T3990 desktop computer that I bought maybe 6 or 7 years ago:
Celeron 2.80 ghz
2 gigs RAM
70 gig hard drive
Windows XP Home SP3
Current video card: Intel 82865G Graphics Controller (onboard the motherboard)
The new (second hand) card I bought is a nVidia Geforce FX 5200 256MB PCI card. I opened up the computer and fitted the card in an available PCI slot, then booted up. The old existing video card is builti nto the motherboard, so the port to plug the monitor in is also on the motherboard. But for this bootup, I plugged my monitor into the port that is on the new PCI card (it has 2 ports by the way... I don't know what the difference is). Anyway, during bootup, there was no video showing on the monitor, so I just switched the monitor plug over to the old motherboard slot, then the monitor worked. During the bootup, the little popup balloons at the system tray at lower right showed "new hardware installed- nVidia Graphics" and all that, so I thought it was going to "self-install" and everything. I let bootup finished, then tried to switch the monitor over to the new card's port, but there was no video, so I plugged the monitor back into the original onboard motherboard port. In Device Manager|Display Adapters, it showed the new nVidia card listed there, but with an "exclamation point" next to it.... so I guess it's not functioning. I booted up again and went into the BIOS this time to see if the new PCI graphics card is showing up under the Video Configuration settings... all there is, is:
Primary Video Adapter [AGP] (this one was selected)
Frame Buffer Size [16MB]
Doesn't look like anything for my new PCI card. I didn't change anything and got out of BIOS. So now I don't know what to do or what settings to change. Can anyone help please?