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bad onboard video?

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  1. professorxox

    professorxox Thread Starter

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    Just got winfast motherboard/amd athlon 64 3000. Installed win ME and not a minute goes by that the whole turns to colored lines. Every time i reboot this happens. Installed and reinstalled drivers but still the same. My question is...if i have onboard video...can i install a video card and will it override the onboard video?
     
  2. Skivvywaver

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    Yes you can install a video card. Do you have an AGP slot is the bigger question?
    On some boards you have to disable onboard in the bios, on others the video card is picked up automatically.

    Do you have an AGP slot?
     
  3. professorxox

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    yes, i have an agp slot. What's weird is...that I just swapped the harddrive from my old system into the new winfast/athlon 64 3000 mobo/cpu combo and it was fine for a day after I installed the drivers. The next day, i used the same hd to test an old system and when i replaced it back to my new system, that's when the problem started. I removed all the old drivers and rebooted. eVen reinstalled windows. But all that wouldn't fix the video problem. Boots up fine, then a minute goes by and the whole screen just turns to different colored lines.

    I was told that if the onboard video was bad...then I wouldn't even see anything on the monitor from the beginning. But maybe the onboard video is just slightly damaged?

    Could it be that the motherboard is made especially for xp? IF that's the case..then why was it working fine for one whole day?
     
  4. Skivvywaver

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    Hmm, That is wierd.
    Do you have a card you could stick in it to test it with? I would guess that if you were going to use the onboard that just about any card would do be it AGP or PCI. I wouldn't want you to go buy a card if we aren't sure that it is the problem.
     
  5. professorxox

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    thanks,
    I'm going to try to install xp home edition today. Hopefully it's just o/s compatibility problems and not the onboard video. By the way....A friend is letting me use his original xp home edition cd...Is it NECESSARY to register online? If i don't will it stop working after 30days?
     
  6. Skivvywaver

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    Yes,and yes. XP needs activated, if not it will lock you out.
     
  7. professorxox

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    thanks...what about if i was to install xp pro...will i need to register online also, or would i just need a serial number?
     
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    Well....my computer is finally running stable...video seems ok ..maybe i shouldn't jinx it. Running for two days now. Pretty sure it was the IDE/PIDE cable that i replaced. Don't know why i even swapped it in the first place but it's working now, and that's all that matters, right? ;-) Thank you everyone for the replies!!
     
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