Need help setting up video card without onboard vidoe

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Hello, I have salvaged some old computer parts in hopes of making myself another spare computer. I have set up a Gigabyte GA-6VTXE-A mobo with a Pentium 3. The motherboard does NOT have on board video so I have found a couple of fairly old agp video cards. My question is... how am I going to set up my pc if I can't get my monitor going? Its obvious that I don't have the drivers for these cards installed because I would need to be able to SEE my screen in order to do that. The monitor seems like it turns off and one with the computer but why is there nothing on the screen? Any ideas?

What are my options? Is there any way to set up a generic driver just to get me going? If so... how if I can't see what I'm doing? What are my other options? Please let me know some ideas!

Thank you
- Jesse
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When you hook up your monitor and start up your pc you should see something on the screen, and when you load Windows it will install drivers for your video card, so if you are not seeing anything on your monitor then you have some other issue. With your video card plugged in and after you turn on your pc, does anything show up on the screen? Do you hear any noises when you turn it on? What all do you have hooked up when you turn it on?
 

emoric

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No, nothing shows up on the screen. I have tried at least 4 different cards and still no go. The only hardware I have connected is a floppy, cd rom, and my video card. Its an Nvidia MX400 PCI. Yes, I know it is old but its going to be a spare.

Any ideas? :/
 
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What kind of memory do you have installed? I see in your first post you mention AGP cards, and your last post you mention PCI card, have you tried both types and still same problem?
 

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Yes, I have sadly tried both, agp & pci. I'm not sure what kind of memory is installed. The only thing on the sticker is this:
HY57V6558020B A
9952B TC-10S

There are 2 sticks, maybe I will try taking one or the other out.

Any other ideas??

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Nagative, the ram swap no go. :(
 
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