Question about Gateway 420GR PC Desktop
I installed the pci express card and it works a few times one day it does one day it don't i go into bios and set it up to auto detect it detects it when i restart the computer it then goes to the motherboards gpu card config any help will do im trying to install a ati x850 xt pci express with 256 ram
WHAT? Friday is beer, and CS:S night??
Well why didn't you say that BEFORE?
We gotta get this thing Fixed!
(I'm just kidding around a little, don't be hatin'. By the way, my GATEWAY 7200X is 6 years old, and still kickin' booty, with an ATI Radeon X600XT graphics card.
No, Adobe Photoshop, not gamin')
From your diagnosis so far it sounds like you have a driver conflict.
When you install a hardware device, Windows breaks it's neck to find compatible drivers.
If, THE, drivers are not there Windows will search through it's thousands of generic drivers, and choose one.
You come along, and install THE drivers the graphics card needs.
Now you will have a driver conflict.
Windows: "Which drivers do I use? These or THESE?"
1) I would like you to unplug your computer from power. (Computer off of course)
Observe anti-static precautions.
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static WILL fry out the delicate hardware components of a computer.
You may not even see it, or feel it.
Your computer will. POOF!
Working on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open. Touch the metal frame of the open computer case to relieve your body of Static.
(Or wear an ESD wrist strap, and connect the alligator clip to the metal frame of the open computer case. They're about $6)
If you get up in the middle of working on your computer, and leave, upon your return Touch the metal frame again.
2) Remove the ATI graphics card.
3) Plug your monitor back into the integrated graphics port. (VGA port on motherboard.
4) Push the Power On button in, and hold it in. Hold it in for a count of Five seconds. (Count 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005)
Let go of the Power On button.
Do this procedure two more times.
What you are doing is setting BIOS back to the factory default settings, and clearing CMOS Error Codes.
5) Plug the computer back into power. WAIT 1 minute.
Turn the computer on.
Left-click on Start, Control Panel, then on Add/Remove Programs.
Remove anything you see associated with ATI in it.
If upon removing the ATI software, you are asked if you want to restart your computer, NO.
Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen.
Pull out the CD disk, that came with the Radeon X800XT graphics card.
Put it in your optical drive, and install the software from that disk.
It contains the Drivers.
A Driver is a small piece of software that allows 'communication' between a device, (Such as a graphics card), and the computer.
If you are asked to restart your computer, NO.
Shut your computer down normally.
(Start>Turn Off Computer>Turn Off)
Unplug your computer from power. Observe anti-static precautions.
Reinstall the ATI graphics card.
Plug your monitor into the graphics card.
Now, before we go further let's discuss the additional power cable you are plugging into the X800XT.
I wasn't aware that the old X800XT's needed an additional power cable.
I read the ATI Radeon X800 PCI Express Series User's Guide, and it seems it does use one,
[Radeon X800 PCI Express Series User's Guide - 729.51 KB (pdf) -12/31/2003]
What I want to know is what kind of power cable is it? The 300 Watt power supply in the Gateway 420GR, doesn't have any specialized power cables, other than a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, and SATA power cable.
A specialized power cable for a graphics card would be a 6-pin PCI Express power cable, or an 8-pin PCI Express power cable.
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Posted on Jun 08, 2010
Try changing another setting in the BIOS when you change to autodetect. If that setting changes also, consider replacing the CMOS battery.
Also, check your PSU rating against the GPU's requirements. The card may not be drawing enough power to start and the MB defaults to the video that is running. You may need to replace the PSU with a higher wattage (and better quality), especially if it's the original power supply unit that came with the PC. What you will need will depend on the card and everything in the case. Google PSU calculator to see what you need.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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