How Do I Install an 'Onboard' AGP3 Card?

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Hey Gang,

I need help either fixing a problem or resolving an issue. My MSI Km2m Combo-L motherboard located here:

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/detail_spec/product_detail.asp?model=KM2M_Combo-L

It came with an AGP-2 slot. However in the motherboard manual it says:

When an 8x AGP card is installed onboard with its driver installed correctly and set up, the AGP card will automatically run at 8x speed and users will not be able to see the AGP mode setting.

Now, for as long as I’ve had my motherboard, I have been unable to get rid of the AGP mode setting. I have an AGP 3 installed, and the drivers are installed correctly. When I boot up the first thing it says after the black screen is Nvidia GeForce4 MX440 with 8X Technology on upper left of the screen.

How do I get the AGP3 card to run at AGP3 speeds? Get a New Motherboard?
And what’s this business of installing an onboard AGP3 Card? How is that done?

I have a Win98SE OS.

Thanks,
HULK! :confused:
 
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First of all the board needs to supports the AGP 3.0 standards ( i.e via chipset, BIOS etc..etc ) Looking at the specs, your mobo doesn't support AGP 3.0 , just the AGP 2.0 ( at least not without a BIOS update).
If a BIOS update exists, that will make the board AGP 3.0 compatible which in return will let you run a AGP 3.0 card.
Second of all i do believe that the manual refer to a " add on card" not the onboard video ( since most of the times the onboard video is integrated in the chipset making the "upgrade" close to impossible for a casual user). In theory you could yank out the chipset and replace it with a newer one but i don't think it's possible since it's solder in the mobo ( i guess with patience, a low heat soldering iron and standy hands everything is possible). It's very posible that the board came in 2 flavors, a 1.0 and 2.0 rev. 2.0 rev having the AGP 3.0 specs and onboard video ( too late and lazy to check for this :D )
 
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