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I am installing a new saphire graphics card on an ACER M460. Dont know what slot to use. Also, the istructions tell me to remove any exsisting vga card and to disable any on board graphics capability from the motherboard that it may have. I dont have the manual for my ACER M460. how do I identify if it has such capability.

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It turned out to be the wrong card

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First of all if the ATI Radeon Sapphire card is brand new then it should be a pci express x16 graphics card.

The card goes into the first slot underneath the processor. You can miss it as the slot is far thinner than the other PCI slots that are usually below the PCi-Express slot.

Make sure you have shut down the computer and removed the power cord from the back of the unit before you remove the cover and install the card.

There will also be a 6 pin connector on the back of the card. Make sure you connect this 6 pin block connector or you will get a message on screen telling you to connect power to the card.

Once installed the BIOS should automatically detect the card and boot from it.
To disable the on-board graphics which are Intel then you have to go into the BIOS utility itself to do this.

Good luck.

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Open cpu cabinet there is PCI card slot fix your graphic card into it.
Some graphicc card is SGP card Check on motherbord you find 1 slot AGP above PCI slot fix your card into it if it is AGP.
Motherbord has normally 3 PCI slot.
AGP card is always 1.
For disable onboard graphic.
When you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key to enter in bios.
Then go to advanced and vga configuration disable vga there .Then save settings and exit.
Let me know if you need further assistance.

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Can I connect two monitors?

No John. You can only have one Interrupt ReQuest for graphics. (IRQ)

EITHER has to be for the motherboard's Integrated Graphics, OR a dedicated graphics card.

Moving on;

In reference to an Acer Veriton VX2610-UG850w, you cannot, if you are using the Integrated Graphics, from the motherboard.

That would be the blue VGA port coming from the motherboard, AND the white DVI port, coming from the motherboard.
You can only use ONE.

(Digital Visual Interface is the best choice. Why?

VGA is Analog. DVI is Digital.
The computer sends out digital signals. These have to be converted to VGA (Analog) for the VGA port.
This SLOWS the graphics signal down. Can also be said as slows the computer down. Use the DVI port )

Scrolling down a little shows me a back view of the computer.
I see the white DVI port, and the blue VGA port.

These two ports are in the I/O area, John.
Input/Output area.
Means they both are using Integrated Graphics from the motherboard. Both the blue VGA port, and the white DVI port.

What to do?
There is one major problem, and one I consider to be a minor problem;

A) Major problem:
The computer case is SO small, that I don't believe there is room to install a Low Profile graphics card.
(How small is it joecoolvette? The mice are hunchbacked, lol!)

Nice little computer, if one is referring to the hardware components inside.
Cr@p if one is discussing the arrangement of said hardware components, due to the small computer case.

Not is there no room, or very little room inside so much; as the air flow needed to keep hardware components inside cool, is down to a BARE minimum.

Bad design. Computer manufacturers have succumbed to what the masses THINK they want; or manufacturers are sly as a fox.

"Masses want smaller computers so they don't take up so much space."
Yeah right.

Computer components do not receive the needed air, to keep them at the needed operating temperature range.
Components heat up more than they should; and this leads to an early computer failure.

Less air flow inside also = less chance to b-low the dust, dirt, etc, out. Means computer will get dirtier inside faster.
Leads to early demise of computer.

Which leads to Acer authorized computer repair shops making more $$$$, and Acer making more $$$$ selling replacement computers.

I know. Don't hold back, lol!

Also there is a puny 220 Watt power supply! Got to be kidding me!

IF it were I John; I would remove EVERYTHING out of that demure little computer case, and install in at least a mid-size ATX computer case. Full tower computer case is the best option, IMHO.

Plenty of air flow through the computer case; plenty of room to install an economical ATX power supply, (With plenty of needed power), and room for extra optical drive/s, (CD/DVD drive), plus plenty of room to install an economical graphics card.

Just a suggestion,

'Rant' over.

IF, you can fit an economical Low Profile graphics card, in the PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard, and get a better Power Supply, (500 Watts recommended), then you can use two monitors.

The motherboard part number is supposed to be Acer MB.VAM09.001,

Scroll down to the larger view.

If we were to believe this is an actual photo of your motherboard, (Which I do), there is a PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard.

Hard for you to discern, in this excellent display of photography skills(?), but to the far right, and located close to the Bottom edge of the motherboard; is a long Black expansion slot.
(Has a White lever on it)

This is a PCI Express x16 expansion slot, and is used SOLELY for a PCI Express graphics card.
Better look at a PCI Express x16 slot, only the color is Yellow.
(NOTE* Color does NOT matter),

The longest Yellow expansion slots are PCI Express x16.
(You will also have a Lock on one end. { White } It looks as though you press down; but in actuality you gently pull up a little, to remove or install a PCI Express graphics card. After you open the computer case, and view the slot in question, it will become apparent )

See the expansion slot covers on the back of the computer? There are two of them. Both are on the Bottom.
Place a flat tipped screwdriver, that fits; in the + sign of the expansion slot cover.

Bringing the bottom of the screwdriver UP, then DOWN, twist the expansion slot cover back, and forth, to break the tabs on either side; remove the expansion slot metal cover.

L@@k first, to see which expansion slot on back, is for the PCI Express x16 slot on the motherboard.
You will find the PCI Express x16 slot, and the expansion slot on back of the computer; do NOT line directly up with each other.

Can be said as 'One over'. You will see what I mean.
Remove the wrong metal expansion slot cover, and you will be buying one to replace it. They have replacement expansion slot covers, that you can buy. (Pretty cheap)

Graphics card lines up with PCI Express x16 slot, and expansion slot at back. Push the graphics card straight down into the slot.
(Don't forget to raise up a little on the Lock lever, before you do)

The metal mounting plate at the back of the graphics card, is held in place by the computer case's metal frame. You will be able to figure out easy what device is used.

One example of a PCI Express graphics card, that may fit,

What? No sir. Do NOT underestimate this graphics card. Will support dual monitors EASILY.
It is NOT a gaming graphics card, however.

I, at present, am using an ATI Radeon 9250 graphics card. It is a PCI graphics card.
I am running an HP 2009m 20 inch widescreen monitor, and a Philips EN-V 26 inch HDTV; at the same time.

1) PCI graphics cards are cr@p, compared to PCI Express graphics cards.
2) The Radeon HD5450 is technologically way more advanced than the Radeon 9250.

(I am procrastinating. It's OK! I have a procrastina-ter's license, a poetic license, and an advertising license. What? YES, they're real! In MY mind, lol!

Haven't got off me rear end to install the PCI Express Radeon HD5450 yet. )

OK. That part solves the graphics card. Next though is the Power Supply.

The Power Supply case configuration is probably like this one,

Probably 3-7/8ths inches Wide, 6 inches Long, and 3-1/2 inches Tall.
You need room for an ATX power supply.
Approximately 6 inches Wide, 5-1/2 (5.5) inches Long, and 3.5 inches Tall.

They do not make more than a 300 Watt power supply, for that power supply case design, to my knowledge.
You need 400 Watts at least.

Can't upgrade Power Supply; can't install graphics card.
Can't install graphics card; can't use dual monitors.

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I just got the Sapphire 6850 Toxic edition and am attempting to use it in my custom PC, but when I install the card, no signal is making it to my monitor. I have attempted using dvi cables, and VGA cables...

Since you have ruled out the mainboard and the graphics card slot as causing the problem, I would say the actual graphics card is the faulty component. Try it in a friends computer, you may find that the card is faulty. Claim warranty support as soon as possible.

Try installing your old graphics card and uninstalling the drivers for it, then install the drivers for your new graphics card. Remove the old card and install the new card. This would ensure that drivers are not causing the problem, this may be posssible if say your old card is Nvidia based.

Take care!

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How to change the graphics card software in acer aspire desktop....

You'll just have to know what kind of graphics card expansion slot you have. Older systems have AGP slots & newer ones have PCI-Express. This will help you decide which type of card to install.

Once past that, you would have to physically open up the CPU tower case while the machine is off & unplugged from the power. If it has an existing graphics card, it will have to be removed & the new one will be installed in its place. If you had been using onboard video, make sure to plug the monitor data cable to the NEW video card's VGA slot.

Everything practically plugs into ONE SLOT & only goes in ONE WAY. so if it does not fit, then it's being placed incorrectly. After putting it back together, just restart the machine & insert the installation CD that came with the new video card & follow the program instructions.

Please take note that it may require that the software and drivers previous display adapter will have to be removed first.

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I dont have cd driver for saphire ati radeon x1600pro

Sapphire ATI RADEON X1600Pro 512MB DVI/VGA/TV-Out Graphic Card
Visit above link and download the drivers. Follow the installation instructions at the above link

Let me know if any further clarification/ assistance is required.
Good Luck!
Hope this helps!

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