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Card not recognized

I've been having some serious problems with my Dell Dimension 8400 computer, including losing my hard drive twice, my network card(probably), and, for the past few months, I can't load a driver for my 1704FPT monitor. Moreover, in the Dell "present" configuration it shows no card loaded, but it's in there. I've unplugged and plugged it back in, checked cables and connectors, etc., but to no avail.

I run off a Belkin huge battery backup, with surge protector, but from the problems I've had I'm suspecting that somehow a surge made it through, sometime. Replacing the network card re-established my network connections, e.g. And my monitor is failing after about 20 minutes of running.

Bought the d______d system in April, 2005 . . . . pretty penny. Not pleased.

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  • Jonathan James
    Jonathan James Feb 22, 2009

    I have replaced the hard drive twice . . . first time about 1-1/2 years ago, and then again six month later. Lost everything, of course. But the problem right now is the monitor.

    FYI - in 1992 I bought a 386 sx, which was still working fine 15 years later, just SLOOOOOOOOW. Wouldn't run most of my programs. I'm still using a Compaq my wife bought me in 1995, because it runs the DOS drivers for my cad plotter . . . but it, too, plugs right along. Why shouldn't I expect the same of a more recent unit?

  • Jonathan James
    Jonathan James Feb 26, 2009

    So far Farcry1010 has the most useful response; I was able to download a driver, which proved to be the right one, and which I thought I had installed before. That made the monitor work as it's supposd to, except that it still stalls, and goes black. Interestingly, I found by accident that if I rapped on the screen with some determination, I could restart the display, and it would stay lit for varying amounts of timem from a few minutes to over four hours, but eventually it would fail again. Mechanical problem, I woud guess; I've checked all the connections and everythiong's tight, clean, etc. New monitor, I guess.

    So far as the disk goes, I've replaced the hard drive twice. I was unable to format it, or even get the computer to recognize there was a hard drive in place, each time. I could boot from a floppy, and I tried one program for disk recovery, but right now those two valuable disks are in a drawer, waiting until I can get at them and recover a lot of stuff I hadn't backed up in several months . . . I'd have been more careful about that except that I paid a good penny and my computer wasn't very old, with massive storage . . . . .

    Thanks to all. Any other suggestions, like how to get to the pc board in the monitor and look for loose lands, etc., would be appreciated. LONG time out of warranty.


  • Jonathan James
    Jonathan James Mar 01, 2009


    Misunderstanding here - I haven't tried to install a new card. My hard drive quit, and in reinstallling software to a new drive, I appaantently loaded what I tyhought was the proper driver for my existing card, but after going to MS's website I found it wasn't. The driver I downloaded there has remedied almsot everything except the basic problem I'm having with my monitor, which, after some experimenting, seems to be a bad connection inside the case.

    Anyway, thank you for your replay.


  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    im glad to help alittle., It is so hard to to tell you where to look further without seeing it in front of me. Now as far as you formatting it what is it that you are formatting? Is this your main drive with operating system installed? if so and you did all your backups just use the Windows Operating System disc. When it tells you to boot from cd (make sure your boot sequence is to start from d:/ drive now when it asks you where to install it it will give you available options as far as partitions. since you already have one you must delete all partitions. now you will see your full disc drive capacity. now hit enter on the full partition. the next prompt will be fromat disc quick or just format do the second one it is a full format. this will give a good clean install.but get back to me here and make sure this is what you want to do. if you want email me here it is easier

  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    if you can run windows update or better yet the microsoft update and dont choose the reccomended one choose the one that says custom and after it searches your computer on the left hand side you will see text stating hardware. click on that now on the right where it shows all your hardware you have updates for choose all of them as well as any recommended ones as well.

  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    just the new windows do put more stress on the hardware new harddrives run at 7200 rpms and new operating systems are writing more and more info on your hard drives not like windows 95 or 98. the driver for your monitor is most likely for the usb hub incorporated into it. You shouldnt need this driver xp will autorecognize it. as long as you plugged in the usb cord to the monitor (check out picture it is #5 where you must plug in usb cord to computer)

    as for your network card is this internal card or usb type

  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    did you ever have to reformat the hard drive before? this computer is almost 4 years old. If not that is pretty good. with all service packs and updates and installing and uninstalling of software takes a toll on a hard drive as well as an operating system. I would consider buying a new hard drive they are pretty cheap today around 50 dollars for an OEM version and if you have your original xp disk do a fresh install meaning you will have to do a backup of your files and documents.



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The problem is the new card you keep on trying to install, the system is trying to tell you that is not compatible to your computer system


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