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Problem with installation of Chaintech FX5200 P-FX20 256MB PCI

I tried installing the FX5200 video card into my girlfriend's Window XP running comp. Her motherboard has three PCI slots, of which, the middle one was filled with a 537EPG Intel modem card. I removed the card modem and placed it in the top slot, then placed the video card in the middle slot to allow the fan to work as efficiently as possible. When I turned on the computer, it went through START-UP(which looks fine on the monitor) , then the monitor goes completely blank. I have tried booting it up numerous times to no avail. I have tried returning the Modem card to its original slot and completely removing the video card, but still nothing. On occassion I am given different options for how I want to start-up...In safe mode, with the same configurations as beforehand, and in normal mode...I have tried all of these possibilities without any luck. I (and now she) are at wits end. Please help, this has become a case of a x-mas gift gone horribly wrong. Thanks

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Re: Problem with installation of Chaintech FX5200 P-FX20...

You got the names wrong, there is no PCI version of the FX5200, therefore it is AGP or PCI Express only.(doubt the later) Now asuming you havent forced the card into the wrong slot, take the modem out. Check in the BIOS at bootup if the machine has an onboard graphics card, disable that or set to boot the AGP or PCIXpress. Then manual IRQ settings. Set those to AUTO. There is a rule to PCI cards (really doubt yours is) to ALWAYS put a graphics card into the 1st PCI port on the board, most boards have labels, manual has it for sure. It will aslo say if and which pci port shares its IRQ (interrupt request) with what device on the mainboard - that conflict causes some strange things to happen later in windows... Then boot to safe mode. If it boots, check device manager for duplicate devices. delete every duplicate and reboot. Most likely it is just windows going nutz, unless there was some PCI / AGP, force insertion magic or you forgot to unplugg the power cord and the mainboard was live and had suffered some damage while changing the cards... More details would help, hope this will be of any use m8. Good luck!

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