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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Rabbitman, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. Rabbitman

    Rabbitman Thread Starter

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    I bought a new ATI Radeon x1650 PRO graphics card, to upgrade from my current nVidia GeForce FX 5200. Both use an AGP8x slot. I took the nvidia card out..plugged the ATI one in. Everything fit fine..But when i went to turn on my computer, the screen had a bunch of trippy colors and thats all i saw. I checked monitor and everything, it was all plugged in right. I attempted starting the computer back up again with the old card, worked fine. Uninstalled the old card's drivers since i forgot to do that the first time, and turned off the PC. I put the ATI card back in...the exact same thing happened. I repeated this again, this time installing the ATI drivers before i even put in the new card. Rebooted with new card in...same problem still.

    Relevant specs:
    MSI Mainboard
    Windows XP Home
    768 MB Ram
    Pentium 4 Processor. (2.4GHZ)

    Any ideas?
     
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    What wattage is your PSU?
     
  3. Jackiefrost9

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    how did you uninstall the old card drivers?
     
  4. Rabbitman

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    PSU...power supply? i have no idea. How could I check?


    And to uninstall i just went to add/remove programs and uninstalled the geforce driver.
     
  5. r3drock3t88

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    the power supply you can check on the actual box itself. just simply open your computer up and it will tell you the wattage.

    Now, since you're saying that your video cards drivers and all are installed correctly but the display is all funky, do these steps for us...

    My Computer >> Control Panel >> System >> Hardware >> Device Manager
    Once there, click the little '+' sign next to Display Adapters ... That is where your video card will be displayed, if you see a yellow '?' mark next to anything there, then your video card is not installed correctly. Thats a simple way you can check to see if it is indeed installed correctly. Let us know what you find out from that
     
  6. Rabbitman

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    its not displaying anything for any sort of video adaptors, ive already uninstalled everything.
    Keep in mind, im using the old geforce to even view this..not the new card.
     
  7. Jackiefrost9

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    can you try the card in a different computer?

    I'm thinking it could be 2 things:
    1. the card is bad
    2. the psu can't fully power the card


    although #2 is usually seen while gaming there is a chance that your power supply is so bad that it won't power the card at all.
    Even with conflicting windows drivers you should still see the BIOS screen.
    Also, does your system post?
     
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