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Installing New Graphics Card.How do you disable the onboard GC?

Dell Optiplex GX260,with Windows XP Pro.I am installing a NVIDIA. GeForce GeForce FX 5500 256MB/DDR/CRT/TV-OUT/DVI Graphics Card.I basically know what to do,but how do you disable the onboard graphics card? Also,is there a good Sound Card that would be good to put in to match this GC? THANKS Y'ALL!!!

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  • discipio2 Feb 27, 2009

    techigs_THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!I need some clarification on this though. What is CMOS? I am sort of new to this computer jargon. Although I did just upgrade my BIOS to the A09 version last night,and maxed out my RAM to 2G-Thanks to a dude named Jell! I finally got the correct RAM(I was trying to use 2.6V and the mother board wanted 2.5V).

  • discipio2 Feb 27, 2009

    From looking through ADD or REMOVE PROGRAMS in the CONTROL PANEL,I found two Drivers: 1)INTEL(R) EXTREME GRAPHICS DRIVER, and 2)ITEL(R) PRO NETWORK ADAPTERS AND DRIVERS. I don't think I would want to delete these though. Can anybody tell me what CMOS is, and where do I find it? THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!!!

  • discipio2 Feb 27, 2009

    OK Ya'll_I did some searching around and read a bunch of different pages about HOW TO Disable The Onboard Graphics Card in my OPTIPLEX GX 260(Go into system-properties-device-disable,etc.,Go into BIOS and do it from there,Do the Jumper Thing,etc.),but I also read one that said: "Unless You Have NVIDIA Drivers already installed-JUST PUT THE CARD IN and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS(Initialize,REBOOT and Put In The Software and Finep Tune It)." I thought That Sounds Simple Enough,and guess what-This Is What NVIDIA says in there Manual for the GeForce FX 5500 256MB/DDR/CRT/TV-OUT/DVI (what I installed)-NOTE!_This manual also applies for these other cards: GeForce FX 5200 and GeForce FX 5600 XT / 5600. Basically: THE SAME THING! I put the Card in-starterd the computer,and the program running it is very smart(IT DID EVERYTHING FOR ME!) I followed the instructions,had to reboot,put the software in,and am even now fine tuning it,and this is an EXCELLENT CARD! Lots of ways you can have your cake and eat it too! COLORS -VERY NICE! I am not a gamer,so I won't know about that,but for DVD movies,Anime and CDs it is looking SWEET!!! I highly recommend this product! Now if somebody out there can send me a recommend for a nice SOUND CARD to go along with this/match this_I would be Greatly appreciative!!! Ya'll Have A Nice One!!!!!


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To disable the onboard graphics go into your CMOS settings and in there you should find something that says Graphics choices should be onboard or add on or some other form. It all depends on who made your BIOS. As far as a sound card not sure.

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  • Tim Crosslin Feb 27, 2009

    Glad I could help out. Sorry about not explaining the CMOS. I didn't catch this quick enough to help out.


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