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Replacing onboard video with graphics card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by heir2glory, Jun 14, 2007.

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  1. heir2glory

    heir2glory Thread Starter

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    I have a 1 yr-old Dell Dimension 5150 with on-board graphics and sound. I have recently purchased a GeForce 6600 128MB PCI-E graphics card to try and beef it up a bit.

    I have inserted the card correctly into the PCI-E slot but my problem is in installing the driver. I'm certain that I have downloaded the correct driver, but as I run the set-up program I get the following error message:

    The NVIDIA setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit.

    And that's it - all my hopes of playing a decent game dashed at the first hurdle. Is there anyone who may be able to help?

    Many thanks
     
  2. stranglehold

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    You need to get into your bios and disable the onboard video and audio. This should force the computer to only see the ones in the slots.

    You get into bios during your bootup, but before the OS starts to load.
     
  3. heir2glory

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    Thanks sbowman - I'd already tried change the BIOS from 'Auto' to 'On-board/PEG' but this hasn't made any difference. Should I be looking to actually disable onboard video?
     
  4. heir2glory

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    Been through the BIOS again - definitely got it pointing to the on-board/PEG option which would disable the on-board if the PEG is populated, but apparently the BIOS is telling me that the slot isn't populated.

    Again, when I run the driver setup I get the same error - no drivers compatible with current hardware.

    I'm starting to think I may have a duff card.

    Any other suggestions??? Anyone??
     
  5. griffinspc

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    Did you download the drivers from the Nvidia site or from the card manufacturer site? Have you checked with Dell's support site to see if there's been any reports on this for your machine series. With dell and other proprietary systems these things aren't usually unique to one customer.
     
  6. heir2glory

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    SOLVED! When replacing on-board graphics with a graphics card it is worth checking that whether the card needs a power supply. Mine did and therefore obviously wasn't being picked up. Once I connected it was recognised instantly.

    It may seem obvious but not to a relative newbie who wants to upgrade on-board graphics.
     
  7. griffinspc

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    Great. Glad you got it. You can mark this thread closed with the thread tools at the top.
     
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