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    installing video card w/ onboard video

    I have a eMachines PC with i810 chipset and onboard video. I'm trying to install a PCI Radeon 7000.
    Is there a special order in which I need to do this?? I tried plugging in the card, then installing drivers. That didnt work (I may have tried the worng driver). THen I tried installing the driver before the video card. I plugged the monitor into the Radeon VGA plug and booted the PC. That caused the monitor not to turn on until it hit the WIndows start screen, then it just hangs there. If I plug the monitor into the onboard VGA socket, Windows will load without a problem.
    I've uninstalled all the Radeon stuff and I'm gonna start over. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong??
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    1. Disable your onboard video card in hardware manager
    2. Disable your onboard video card in bios
    3. turn off your computer
    4. install new video card
    5. install driver
    6. done

    That's how I installed my ATI AIW 9600PRO.

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    Did you disable the on board video in the bios?

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    There are two things that need to be settled before what you are trying to do will work.

    1. Turn off the onboard video through the BIOS
    2. Make sure Windows can "see" the Video Card


    Without turning off the onboard video, Windows thinks you are trying to support dual monitors. With Dual monitors only the primary will work until set up correctly.

    Also, know what version of Windows you have will help greatly in solving the matter. If you need additional help, you can always browse the Microsoft Knowledge Database.
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    It's running Win2000.
    The only option I see in BIOS is "Default Primary Video Adapter: AGP or PCI?"
    I set this to PCI, so I assume if it detects something, it will accept it as default over the onboard video.
    Following lookinco's steps above:
    1) I uninstalled the onboard video adapter in Windows
    2) restarted the PC and doubled checked the BIOS (no options but the one above)
    3-4) shutdown and installed Radeon card
    5) booted up (with the monitor plugged into the Radeon) with no problem. While Windows is loading, it detects the card and installs its own drivers, then tells me to restart.

    If I restart at this point, it will hang on the startup screen.

    After Windows loads its own driver, I tried selecting the driver location manually from the CD, and Windows wont load it.
    I let the autorun CD start, and did "ATI easy install". It allows you to load a bunch of drivers and files, plus DirectX and ATI mediacenter (I only selected drivers and directX). These will load but when I restart, it hangs.

    Windows will recognize my new video card, but it seems like it reinstalls the onboard video after I reboot. I'll look for a jumper to disable the onboard video. Thats the only thing I can think of ...

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    the onboard video card is probably pci also, so that setting probalby wont help you. You might see if you can find a jumper on the motherboard to disable the on board video

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    I found this site. its an unofficial support site for eMachines, since they no longer support their pre-gateway PC's.
    www.e4allinc.com

    The motherboard is made by a Korean company called Trigem. The model used in my PC is the Cognac+.

    It says there are no jumpers to disable onboard video. It is detected automatically. They give a sequence for uninstalling the onboard video and installing the new card. Apparently, I need to uninstall the onboard video listing under system devices, not display adapters. I'll try these tonight and see how it goes.
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    Set it to AGP instead of PCI, your onboard video is pci. As far as the rest goes, I dunno man. Get a different motherboard maybe. Try the video card in something else. Maybe it's the card.
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    After un-installing the on-board video drivers when Windblows re-boots it will re-install the drivers because it will "see" the on-board video card again. DO NOT UNINSTALL. As lookinco said, you must DISABLE the on-board video card/driver in Device Mangler under System in Control Panel. Then install new video card, rinse & reboot.
    lookinco:
    1. Disable your onboard video card in hardware manager
    2. Disable your onboard video card in bios ...
    hannibal:
    Following lookinco's steps above: ...
    1) I uninstalled the onboard video adapter in Windows

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    Hey, I disabled my onboard video card and installed my new video card (PCI) and now I get the Compaq screen (bios) and then a Black screen I can hear windows boot up but no picture and even when I plug the monitor back into the onboard I still get nothing? I can't even see widows to enable the onboard. Any clue what I can do?

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