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Old 10-06-2010, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default PCI card install Problems.

So, a friend of mine gave me a PCI card he had laying around. and I want to install in my PC. Well, after install the card Properly I try to boot up my Computer. My computer LED Power light turns on, and so do my Keyboard lights. But, yet all I get is a black screen. My OS doesn't boot, and my monitor says there is no connection to the computer. Enables Power saving ect ect.

My Specs:
Emachines T3302
Product MPN
MPN T3302
Key Features
Processor AMD Sempron 2 GHz
Chipset VIA K8M800
Installed Memory 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
HDD Size 160 GB
Optical Drive Type DVD-ROM • DVD Burner • CD-ROM • CD Burner
Recommended Use Home Use
Processor Type AMD Sempron
Processor Speed 2 GHz
Processor Manufacturer AMD
Installed Qty 1
Bus Speed 1600 MHz
Video Output Interface AGP 8x
RAM Technology DDR SDRAM
Installed RAM 512 MB
Max Supported RAM 2 GB
Supported RAM Speeds 400 MHz
Installed Cache Memory 256 KB
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Integrated Input/Output Ports USB 2.0 x 5 • Serial Port x 1 • RJ45 Lan Port x 1 • PS/2 Mouse x 1 • PS/2 Keyboard x 1 • Parallel Port (ECP/EPP/SPP) x 1 • RJ11 Phone Jack x 1 (Input)
Expansion Slots AGP x8 x 1 • PCI x 3
Memory Card Slots Memory Stick • SmartMedia • Memory Stick PRO • Micro Drive Memory Stick • MultiMediaCard • SD Memory Card • CompactFlash Card type I
Hard Drive
Hard Drive Capacity 160 GB
Hard Drive Interface IDE
Hard Drive Rotation Speed 7,200 RPM
Controller Type IDE
Optical Drive Type CD-RW/DVD-ROM (Combo)
Optical Drive Read Speed 16x (DVD) • 48x (CD)
Optical Drive Write Speed 48x (CD-R)
Optical Drive ReWrite Speed 32x (CD-RW)
Audio / Video
Graphic Processor S3 Graphics UniChrome Pro
Video Out Ports 15 Pin D-Sub VGA port x 1
Audio Output Type Sound Card • Line out
Integrated Audio AC97 Audio Codec
Modem Type Fax / Modem
Networking Type Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Data Link Protocol Ethernet • Fast Ethernet
Width 7.25 in.
Depth 16 in.
Height 14.25 in.
Weight 23 lb.
Warranty 1 Year
OS Certified Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
UPC 827103073805
Family Line eMachines T

The Video card I want to install is a :
3D Fuzion 3DFR4000P GeForce MX4000 128MB 128-bit DDR PCI Video Card

If anyone can help or let me know any information I might be missing would be great.

I also, have another question. Does this card require a power cord from my power supply to be connected to it?

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The MX4000 does not require additional power.

Go into your BIOS and disable the onboard graphics. That may entail setting the shared memory to zero. Then switch your VGA cable from the onboard to the graphics card output and reboot.


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Default Re: PCI card install Problems.

Is the card known to be good?

I'd install it in the board, but keep my monitor plugged into the onboard graphics (leaving bios alone) until i've confirmed drivers are installed and stable. Then go into the bios and disable the onboard and switch the monitor over to the new PCI card.

If you're having troubles past that point, you should be able to boot into safe mode using the expansion card for video to further troubleshoot in device manager.
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