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GTS250 Graphics card not showing up

Hi,
I got hold of a Lenovo Thinkcentre E50 8778A21 which includes a PCIE slot but no actual card installed. The system has reasonable specs and works quite well so I decided to boost this thing up to gaming performance by installing a GTS250. I plugged the card in but the system did not "find new hardware" and there is nothing new in Device Manager. Tried new hardware wizard but doesn't show up.
Here are some details:
ThinkCentre E50 8778A21
Small Desktop - Intel 945GZ Chipset
Pentium D 820 with Dual Core (2.8GHz, 2x1MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
2GB PC4200 DDR2 SDRAM
500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
Win XP Pro.
Gigabyte GTS250 1GB graphics card
I cannot find any details regarding the mobo or jumpers etc and could not see anything obvious in the bios setup screens. I flashed the latest bios but still nothing.
Is it possible that the PCIE slot is there but not enabled/workable?

Please help as I would prefer to avoid getting another mobo.

Thanks in advance,
Fred
Melbourne, Australia

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  • telftn Apr 17, 2009

    Hi Smithbrother,

    I checked the bios screens and could see nothing related to turn off "on board Video". It is AMI Bios ver 2.58. There was one screen under Advanced - Advanced Chipset Features - Display chipset features, which had Init Graphics Adapter choices of IGD/PCI and IGD but neither made any difference. Also if I plug monitor into card I see nothing.

    Any other area of bios to check. Maybe mobo jumpers?

    Thanks for the rapid reply too,

    Fred

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    You have found it. The IGD is the onboard one and the IGD/PCI is the video card PCIe slot one. Have you installed the driver for the video 
    card and the software that camewiththe video card?  Does the driver for the card say that it is for your version of windows? If not you will have to go to the website of the video car manufactor and download the correct one for you version of windows aka Xp, VIsta?  

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    You should have a screen in the BIOS to turn off "on board Video" which wil then allow the new card to show. You did hook up the monitor to the new card, correct? 

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I checked your model at lenovo and i can't see a PCIE slot. You can verify it here http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-61495

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