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PCI video card not working in XP, T1090 emachine

Looking at a T1090, it was a freebie hand me down to a friend and I'm trying to speed it up. I added some ram, a second HD and after reading some blogs had heard the integrated video slows down the machine. I put a old trident card in. It boots, splash screen comes up, then blanks out when the desktop should appear. Sounds like a XP driver is needed. Shows up in Device mangager. I move the monitor cable back to the on board video connector to pick up where the trident leaves off. I have read I need to disable onboard video, but don't see that option in the BIOS. I ran WinUpdate, and tried the upgrade driver option in DevMan, Xp seems to like the current driver, but it just doesn't work.

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  • tgilbo2 Feb 18, 2009

    Thanks for your reply eroutt, I had mentioned I read to do that, but did not see a disable feature for it in the BIOS. I do see where it lets me choose the default video adapter- PCI or AGP. The only thing I see for the integrated perpherals is power options for the modem and Lan. I considered a BIOS upgrade. I removed the floppy and used it's bay to securely mount the second hard drive, but I can still plug in the floppy to use for the BIOS flash- do you think that would help? I tried looking for things that a BIOS upgrade would enhance on that model but found no info.

  • tgilbo2 Feb 18, 2009

    Thanks again--

    I can try that- my thinking is worst case scenario the card should work, maybe only 800x600 with few pixels, but it sould give me something. Card must be good if I get all the way to the splash screen. So you're thinking once windows starts, it's looking for the onboard video and if I disable that, it will look elswhere??

  • tgilbo2 Feb 19, 2009

    that worked perfectly- thank you for that suggestion- any other tricks for speeding that puppy up?

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Have you disabled the on-board video, if not you will have a conflict between the 2

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  • Eric Routt Feb 18, 2009

    U can go into device manager and disable on-board and turn off comp and install card and plug VGA cable in and if u have no pic restart comp and hit F8 and go Last Known Workin Config

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