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New graphics card not recognised

My WI XP pc has an ECS motherboard -L7VMM2 with integrated graphics. The handbook says the AGP slot has a 4x AGP edge connector.
I'm not a gamer but on-line video was sluggish, so I installed a GE Force FX5200 - 256MB card in the unused AGP slot.
The card is not recognized by Device Manager or Display Adaptors. When I run the WIN XP driver setup from the suppied CD it reads "NVIDIA setup could not locate any drivers compatible with hour current Hardware".
I have checked the card is locked in the AGP slot. Also whe I connected my display's DVI lead to the FX5200 DVI socket the screen became distorted and displayed "out of range", so I've connected the VGA lead into the card-ie no improvement.
This is my first upgrade fail on our home pc! Can you help?
Regards
Peter
London, UK

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  • sheepdip Mar 02, 2008

    to map9966,

    Many thanks for the advice on my new FX5200 graphics card. I did what you advised in BIOS but no change- not recognised. So I rebooted into Bios again and went to Integrated Peripherals; I changed (PCI slot) to the other option (AGP). The WINXP Drivers on the CD then loaded OK but the new graphics card is still not recognized. The display is connected to the new grahics cards VGA slot & works as before.(There were no other Display Adapter Drivers installed beforehand).

    At least you gave me the confidence to delve into the bios for the first time.

    Thank you anyway for your prompt and thorough reply.

    Peter

    London

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Peter, you need to enter your bios & make a change.
How to enter bios? Start the PC & begin pressing the Delete key every two seconds untill the display screen opens to the bios menue. Peter here at the main menue of your bios look to
Pg. 29 in your motherboard manual. If you do not have your manual download it from the link provided:
http://www.ecsusa.com/ECSWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?detailid=62&DetailName=Manual&MenuID=1&LanID=9
In order to move about in the Bios look at the bottom of the screen. There you will see how to move about using your keyboard.
Take your time in the bios. It can be confusing, even for me!
On pg. 30 change the Video (EGA / VGA) to AGP if available.
If AGP is not listed do not change.
Go to Pg. 35&36
Advanced Chipset Features
AGP & P2P Bridg Control Change to AGP if listed.
VGA Share Memory Size Change to 0 if possible.
The onboard/intergrated AGP uses part your system memory to function.
AGP & P2P Bridge Control
Play it safe & change to the size of memory to 256Mb.
Which matches your FX5200 memory
AGP Fast Write to Enable
AGP Driving Control set to Auto
AGP Master WS Write to Enable & same for Read.
Save & exit bios. The system will re-start.
If after your system starts back up & enters into windows & you notice you do not have video switch the cable connected to the other VGA out-put on the FX5200. Your display should show up.
Install your software for your new card.
Enjoy!
If you have troubles Pete just post back here & I'll address them.
& please vote...

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