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Black screen with AGP video card update

I am trying to install an EVGA GeForce 6200 512k AGP video card into my GX260 tower: BIOS A09; pent 4, 2.4GHz; XP pro sp3; 1G ram. The installer CD won't let me install NVIDIA drivers without the hardware. When I start the machine with the card installed it gets to the windows startup flag screen and then just goes black instead of the nice light blue login screen, although it indicates still feeling a signal. What am I doing wrong? Side note: I have updated the P/S to a BFG GS 450w (nibbled the metal on the clamshell case just a bit to make room for the on/off switch).

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  • rw69 May 18, 2009

    reply from rw69 (Black screen with AGP video card update):

    Without the card I have to move the VGA cable and reset the BIOS setup integrated video setting back to the onboard VGA output. I've tried starting the EVGA card in both Auto and AGP settings form there. One thing I haven't tried, which I may try tonight when I get home (at work now), is to install the card but leave the integrated video set on inboard, then see if the hardware wizard or some such detects card and asks for the drivers. Does anyone know if it matters whether I set the video DAC snoop (in the BIOS setup) on or off? Also, where is the "Reply to Clarification Request" button/choice?

  • Hank May 11, 2010

    If you take the card out do you have video?

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You really didn't need a new psu for that videocard, but it can either be a burned videocard or the monitor can't support the refresh rate the videocard is outputting.  although, the card really should default to its lowest setting upon installing in a new system, try connecting another monitor.  if you get a screen, thats good, if not, try booting into safe mode holding f8 right before the windows loading screen appears.

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