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Compaq 510s sff. Graphics Card

Just bought a sff compaq and its got no graphics card installed. i tried an AGP (geforce FX 5200 128mb). That didn't work at all. nothing happened at start up. do i have to get a PCI graphics card or are there some AGP cards that work? if so do you know which ones? Not much room inside the box so a PCI card may not have room. Thanks in advance Michael

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Re: compaq 510s sff. Graphics Card

Hi Mikey You need to go to your bios setting and change your graphic adaptor from PCI/.. to AGP 1- turn your computer off (Shut Down) 2- keep press and release "delete" key on your keyboard while turning your computer on untill you go to bios (normally blue screen) 3-find your desplay/graphic or anything that is related to graphic. 4- Change it to AGP Now it should work but if it didn't work: 1- Faulty Display (Monitor) 2- Not compatible graphic card(rearly) 3- loose or damaged cables 4- Damaged Motherboard please let me know of your progress Kind Regards

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