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Graphics upgrade Can anyone help with what should be a simple graphics card problem? (Is there such a thing!). I've installed a cheap 8Mb 3D card in my neighbour's aging Dell 133 desktop machine. This old machine (Dell dimension T - circa 1996 I think) has onboard graphics c/w 1Mb of memory. To do this sort of thing in the past (on a Compaq machine) I've had to set a jumper on the motherboard to switch off the existing card but with the Dell the manual says "installing a video card automatically disables the systems built-in video subsystem". Unfortunately this doesn't happen - the new card remains switched off and the onboard card stays on. I've checked the BIOS to see if there is a setting there (the BIOS is a strange, short "two page affair" on that machine) but there isn't. Unfortunatley their sons Thomas the Tank game still wont run (needs more than 2Mb graphics memory) and I don't appear quite the expert they (mistakenly) thought I was! Can anyone help? Brian COMPAQ GRAPHIC CARD I DIDNOT PLAY ANY 3D VIDEO GAMES

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Hi Brian,

First, can you look on the back of your neighbor's PC and get the exact model #? Also, upon boot, can you also get the BIOS manufacturer and its date?

If the BIOS is not recognizing the newer video card, it might need an upgrade, if one is available. I would check the DELL site:
http://support.dell.com/support/

Upon reboot, listen for system beeps and look them up here:
http://bioscentral.com/

Does the newer graphics card show up under CONTROL PANEL > DEVICES?

If this Dell PC is as old as you say, can I assume it is still running Windows ME? If so, was Universal Plug and Play ever installed - check http://support.microsoft.com/kb/262458?

Due to the ages of all this gear, you'll likely have to install device drivers for the "8Mb 3D card" but you will first need the BIOS to recognize it.

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