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New video card - now an error message

Hi guys

I just bought a LG digital monitor, so to get a digital signal from my d530 CMT I installed a Diablotek XGI Volari V3XT 128MB AGP into the AGP slot on my mobo. Easy I thought. I've got XP Pro SP 3.

Now when I boot up I get a message that's flashed for a few seconds, "110 - Out of Memory Space for Option ROMS. The option ROM for the following device was unable to run due to memory constraints. If you choose to continue, one or more PCI devices may not work properly." Then booting continues normally.

I'm not sure if I'm getting a digital signal at all - I see "Analogue" flashed up on the monitor before that disappears too. And Microsoft Flight Similator seems to run a little jerkily although to me the display seems to have great resolution (which may be due to the 1:10,000 rating of the monitor, nothing to do with the video card).

This was a cheap card - $25 - but the reviews seemed ok. All I wanted was a digital signal good enough for Flight Similator. And thought I had lots of memory.

Can anyone explain what the message means, and what I should do next - trash the video card?

Thanks

Mark

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    Mark Jan 08, 2009

    Gary - I installed this Diablotek AGP card last fall after reading positive test ratings on the net, seeing it had an AGP interface and supported the 8x standard. Well, ok, it was a cheap buy. But I'm not into games, I just wanted a PCI or AGP card to replace the integrated one on the mobo that doesn't provide a digital signal. The 3 negative buyer comments hadn't been posted yet on Tigerdirect (they no longer sell this card). I haven't had similar problems as those buyers. And as the BIOS error message flashes up then disappears just as quickly, there's no other issue booting up, and the monitor seems fine, I thought it was just a peculiarity - and maybe the operating system was sorting out a hardware issue as XP loaded.

    As you suggest I downloaded a XP driver program for this card from Diablotek.com. But when I ran the setup, I got a Microsoft 'crash and burn' warning dialogue box - "... not passed Windows Logo testing to verify compatibility with XP... " So I stopped installation.

    Should I go ahead and run the installation anyway? I've got this new driver package on my new Z drive - the original drivers will be on my old C drive along with the operating system.

    Markrobin - I did get into BIOS and under Device Options I found an "AGP Aperture Size=64MB" listed. Not knowing if it mattered, I toggled that to 128MB to match the card, then saved, and rebooted. It didn't matter - no difference at all. I still get the same BIOS hardware error flashed up with the monitor seeming to display fine. The monitor's a decent LG Flatron W1952TQ with a digital contrast of 10000:1 that I bought last fall.

    So what to do - replace this cheap card? And what would you suggest for something that's less than $100 and give a digital signal to help Flight Similator X run a little better?

    Thanks guys. I really appreciate your expertise and generosity in offering suggestions.

    Mark


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Check the bios of the machine for

1. disable onboard vga when pci is installed

2. look for a setting like
set acpi/usb buffers at top of memory

this setting should be enabled

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Hi Mark,

Have you updated the BIOS? If not, I'd at least do that (to 2.44 Rev A, released in August 2008) to eliminate a BIOS issue.

The OEM PSU (power supply) in the D530 supports up to 240W, which is not much for electronics today. However, a 128Mb card should be OK. If it was a power issue, the overload protection would kick in and the system would shut down. The D530 CMT accepts up to AGP 8x, which this card supports.

This card is not very well rated. Go to Tiger Direct and you'll see that some people had driver issues. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4107596&CatId=28
You might want to visit the Diablotek website and see if there are update drivers available.

One other thing... it may be a pain, but I'd go back to the original graphics card and use the monitor with it first, just to be sure everything works. There may even be some software included with the monitor you'll want to install. At that point, THEN do the update. Never do more than one hardware change at a time... I've learned that the hard way. ;-)

Good luck,
~Gary


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    Gary Jan 08, 2009

    In my last paragraph, "then do the update" should be "then do the graphics card update". Sorry. ;-)

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    Gary Jan 11, 2009

    Hi Mark,

    There are many drivers available that work fine but don't happen to have full Microsoft approval, and thus this warning dialog will come up. You should be fine to let it install. Worse comes to worse, you can always uninstall the driver later. I've installed dozens of drivers with this initial warning and had no trouble.

    If the driver update doesn't work for you, then your best bet is to get a more popular and proven video card. Just keep in mind the power requirements as the OEM power supply is rated at 240w. Although some video card specs are overrated, as a "padding" of protection for the manufacturer, I personally had a 300w card trip the PSU auto-protection when trying to watch a DVD movie.

    Good luck!


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    Gary Jan 11, 2009

    Sorry, one last thing. If you do decide to get another video card and are tempted to get one with higher power requirements, you'll have to replace the PSU (power supply). There are many on the market at reasonable prices, but beware of the proprietary ATX case design HP created that may require a different orientation of the PSU. Some people reported having to drill new holes. Check the HP support forums for more information.

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