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Upgrade graphics card in xseries server 206

Can I add a graphics card to this server - I know it doesn't have an AGP slot, but it has PCi and supposedly PCI-64.

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  • ahodges Oct 18, 2008

    I'm running Xp. Will the BIOS recognise the PCI card? What about a PCI-64 card?

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You can use the PCI slot.
In a server, I prefer using ATI chip sets. They seem to be a lot more compatible with the systems.
Wart are you running for the OS?

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  • Coss Oct 18, 2008

    Yes, the BIOS will see it. I do that set up all the time when I do multi monitors.

    Can't say for sure on the PCI-64, never tried it.

  •  Bjarke Almer Frederiksen

    Where is the PCi slot? A picture would be nice.
    I used the server a couple of times and then when i turned on the screen with VGA connection to my IBM eServer xSeries 206 it froze. But not when i plugged my home computer in.

  •  Bjarke Almer Frederiksen

    Where is the PCi slot? A picture would be nice.
    I used the server a couple of times and then when i turned on the screen with VGA connection to my IBM eServer xSeries 206 it froze. But not when i plugged my home computer in.

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