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With ASUS M2N-MX mainboard, ATI Radeon 7000 Series problem.

I purchased a mainbaord of ASUS M2N-MX and installed all components properly. Then i plugged in ATI Radeon 7000 dual display card on this machine. After windows loading, a VGA card found then I allocate driver for ATI Radeon 7000 Series. But I got an error that "This device cannot start." on last step of hardware configuration wizard.

I tried a lot, but failed to configure the card. Then I replace the board with ASUS M2A-MX(ATI Chipset), but the same problem occurs. Before this was working with multi display panels with other boards like Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2.

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  • swiprojects Nov 12, 2008

    Thanks for solution, But I want use 3 Display terminals from the same board. If I disable one or graphics adapter then I'll be able to use only two display terminals.

    Also I have tried to install one more ATI Radeon 7000 VGA Card and disabled the Internal VGA (IGP) , then also my system stops booting.

    Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2 is working very fine, whereas it has almost same chipset.

    Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2 : NVIDEA GEFORCE 6100 / NVIDEA NFORCE 405


    What is the actual issue? why it is incompatible with ATI Radeon 7000 VGA Cards.

  • swiprojects Nov 12, 2008

    Here in my city Gigabyte's support is very poor, whereas ASUS's support is Local. So that I prefer to use ASUS and JETWAY mainboards.

    Please tell me the IRQ/Resourse Settings, so that I will be able to make it compatible with Both Motherboards:


    2. ASUS M2A-MX (ATI Chipset Board)

    how do I assign IRQ to a perticular device? Is there any options in Windows XP?

  • Neelx550 Dec 07, 2008

    I am installing my display driver but after i install it, i am typing dxdiag and there in the display option it is not showing. It is still showing that the VGA chipset is unavailable. But my graphics card is getting installed. I have geforce 8600gt 512mb DDR2. My onboard vga is also of nvidea.




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Your Motherboard has an onboard video chipset made by Nvidia. Nvidia and ATI have a history of not playing nice with each other.

I have 2 possible solutions for you.

1.) Remove the Radeon card and use the Nvidia onboard card (Essentially a Geforce 6100)

2.) Enter the bios (Usually done by hitting <Delete> or <F12> while the computer is booting up) Your Motherboards manual can tell you for certain. Then find the options for onboard video and disable it.

Then boot up the PC, When it say starting Windows press <F8> to bring up the windows boot menu. Select "Start in Safe mode" Once this loads up open the device manager, look under "Display adapters" find the entry for the Nvidia adapter, right click on it and select either "Uninstall" or "Disable this device"

Which you choose depends on your personal preference Whether you like Nvidia or ATI boards better.

If it makes your decision easier a Geforce 6100 is roughly equivalent to a Radeon 8500 in performance.

I hope this helps

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

  • David Preston
    David Preston Nov 12, 2008

    The reason why ATI and Nvidia boards have a tough time working together is merely commercial competitiveness.

    They are made by two companies that produce a similiar product, and BOTH companies want to maintain a majority of the market share.

    Thus when they write their drivers, they make them so they conflict with the other company drivers.

    As to WHY one board would work and not the other, If I had to venture a guess without doing a thourough analysis of both boards. It would be because the Gigabyte board handles Resource allocation better.

    You see whenever a piece of hardware is added to the computer it is assigned an IRQ (Input ReQuest) basically a channel for sendind data to the CPU. every Motherboard has several IRQ's it can assigned and every device assigned to a specific IRQ it is like they are waiting in line to talk to the CPU. Well if two SIMILIAR devices get assigned to the same IRQ the get a little rowdy and start pushing and shoving and fighting over the same resources.

    Well it would be two different sets of parenting styles ASUS would be the type of parent who wants the kids to SETTLE their own differnces.

    Whereas the Gigabyte board is the type that says "You both want the same place in line, then your gonna stand in seperate lines" and thus it will adjust the IRQ of one of the boards appropriately.

    I hope this Analogy helps you to understand the situation.

    If you absolutely MUST have the boards working together, you might be able to manually adjust resource assignments in the device manager. But there is the possibility that they NEVER will play nice together on THAT particular board.

    Good luck, If you need further help please comment back and I will try my best to assist you.


  • David Preston
    David Preston Nov 12, 2008

    If your resources are manually changeable, heres how to do it. Bear in mind some boards don't have changeable settings. They want what they want and won't have it any other way if thats the case I'm afraid you've exhausted MY resources. OK here we try the following.

    Open the device manager. Easiest way I know is to right click the "My computer" icon on the desktop select properties and then device manager.

    not everyone puts "My computer" on the desktop soooooo another option is to press and hold the and the then select device manager

    once in device manager select "Display adapters" with that open you should see a list of all installed video cards. Right click on the one(s) you want to adjust and select properties. Once that dialog box opens there should be a tab at the top of it that says "Resources" click on that

    with THAT page open there should be check box stating something to the effect of "Allocate resouces automatically" or "Use automatic settings" if this check box is dark in color you should be able to uncheck it and then manually adjust the setting contained on this page. If this option is a dull grey in color then that means THESE resources are not user configurable (Which maybe be highly likely to be the case) I have the same chipset in my ACER and my settings and not configurabable under Vista.

    Please forgive if the directions above are not EXACT as it's been a while since I've used WinXP.

    Good luck




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