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Video Card not recognized on PCV-RS410

Hello. I have decided to upgrade my sony vaio desktop pcv-rs410, and I'm encountering a problem with the video card. I bought an NVIDIA geforce 8400 gs 512 mb ddr2, which doesn't come with the most clear instructions.

Here's the problem - I can't get the computer to use the new video card slot for the monitor. It will use the old one, but not the new one. Drivers are installed, etc...

The instructions say to use the bios to disable the onboard graphics and switch graphics to the video card "using the 'primary display adapter' or something similar". I can find nothing similar in the SONY bios, but that could be just because I'm an idiot.

I'm confident the drivers are all installed, I have correct version of DirectX, I can see the GeForce video card as one of two installed video cards through "device manager" in XP -- just can't figure out how to make the PC use the geforce card instead of the crappy integrated video (intel 4 blahblah).

Any help will be immensely appreciated.

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  • cj Dec 10, 2008

    Thanks, Ds25.

    Tried that - the other video card shows up, but when I switch to it, I am given only the options for the lowest quality settings (4 bit color, 640 x 480), and the card still isn't controlling the monitor (have to plug the monitor into the old video out to get anything.)

    I'll keep trying.


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Go into video settings (control panel- display- settings) Here there should be a drop down box in it you should see you onboard and new video card switch to the new one.

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    Eric Mitchell Dec 10, 2008

    If that is what is happening then the drives are not correct or correctly installed, Are you running xp if so here is the driver you need installed
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_178.2...


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I worked on one of these pc's today, and even a PCI video card won't work in them. The onboard video cannot be disabled in the bios or via jumper on the motherboard, so it cannot be fully disabled--period. Disabling in the device manager does not work either as the hardware resources stay in use despite the device being inactive, so new cards cannot get the resources they need to activate. The card in my case was a Powercolor Radeon 9250 PCI.

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Hi, have you check the status of the video card in the window device manager.
1. Right clicking My Computer icon on your desktop
2. Select Manage option from menu
3. Select Device Manager
Please verify if there is any yellow color exclamation appears on the left side of your new video card adaptor. If so you need to install a driver. I am assuming your pc is running window xp and video card adaptor is window xp compatible.
Hope this help.
Kam

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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