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Onboard graphics OK but no card display?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JackieSmackie, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. JackieSmackie

    JackieSmackie Thread Starter

    Nov 1, 2011
    Hey guys:

    Sorry unfortunately I am not very computer savvy (and my comma key is jammed; sorry again). I have been messing with this computer for weeks with no luck.

    I don't know exactly what kind of computer this is but it is a Gateway and it says 812 GM; Windows XP OS. My motherboard is an MS-6741 (also says N1996; not sure what that is). The card I am trying to get to work is an nVidia GeForce 6200 LE.

    Let me start by clarifying the problem: for a long time the card worked great. I have a habit of leaving my computer in sleep mode for a while and one day I heard a very loud pop (possibly related?) and the next day my video card didn't work anymore. The onboard graphics still work great -- UNTIL I go to the Netflix site (I use this computer primarily to watch videos so this is a problem). As soon as the website loads the mouse gets jumpy and so does video (audio is flawless). Even Hulu works perfect--Netflix is the only problem. I tried upgrading Flash and Silverlight -- no luck there. Not sure what else to do.

    So this leads me to my real problem. I think the computer is reading the card (occasionally) because when I have the card in but VGA connected to onboard graphics (forgive my lack of diction..) there usually is no display. I take the card out and the display is fine. I connect the VGA (also tried S-video) to the card and still no display. The computer is booting up fine; it's just the dang card.

    SO here is what my Googling has led me to thus far:

    • I tried updating my card driver but nVidia has to read the card in order to do that and it keeps telling me it isn't there (when I connect through onboard graphics with card in; so I guess sometimes the motherboard doesn't read it).
    • I have installed the chipset driver (K8T800 is the one I installed).
    • I even updated BIOS because it came up on the Gateway support site under my mobo (although I have no idea what it did/was supposed to do..)
    I have given up experimenting. I don't mind buying a new graphics card but I'd like to make sure this one is dead first. Aaaaaany help would be greatly appreciated (including a fix to the Netflix problem). Thank you!
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