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emachines T6216 - adding a video card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by statcat, Apr 12, 2013.

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  1. statcat

    statcat Thread Starter

    Apr 12, 2013
    I have an emachines T6216 which has built in nvidia geforce 6100. I would like to install nvidia geforce gt 610 card which has onboard memory. How do I disable the built in graphics? The settings in BIOS do not appear to disable built in no matter how I configure. Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated. This is a dual boot system with Windows XP and Ubuntu 12.04.
  2. dai


    Mar 6, 2003
    inserting a card generally disables the onboard

    your psu will need to be up here to run the card



    boot from the onboard
    in the device manager disable the onboard
    if the card is listed uninstall it
    turn the computer off
    install the card
    change the video cable from the onboard to the card
    reboot into the bios
    check to see if you can disable the onboard in there and set it to detect agp or pcie first
    save and exit the bios tapping f8 and choose vga mode
    when windows finishes booting
    disable a/virus
    install your drivers for the card
    reboot the computer
  3. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    dai has given you good advise; do not even think about installing a video card and using the emachines current pw supply. Emachines come with bestec pw supplies and they are [to put it nicely] junk.

    FWIW that emachine is going on 7~8yrs old now and IMO not worth putting any time or money into upgrading.
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Most of the old eMachines desktops come with a "Bestec" 250 - 300 watt power supply and cannot handle the load of modern video cards.

    It's my guess you want to upgrade to a video card in order to play games - which is going to be an exercise in futility.

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