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1.5.1 Graphics Subsystem
The board contains two separate, mutually exclusive graphics options. Either the integrated
graphics processor (contained within the ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Northbridge) is used, or a PCI
Express x16 add-in card can be used. When a PCI Express x16 add-in card is installed, the ATI
Radeon Xpress 200 Northbridge graphics controller is disabled.
Yes, your Asus motherboard will support the Nvidia GeForce 8600 PCI-Express graphics card. However one thing you should consider. The 8600 card is SLI compatible but the motherboard only has one PCI-E x16 slot. You will also need to make some changes in your bios. In order to help you configure your system for a PCI-E graphics follow these steps. 1. Uninstall your current display driver software through windows control panel. Windows may ask you to restart your system, do not restart. Shut windows down which will shut off the system. 2. Unplug the power cable from the system & open your case. 3. Install your 8600 card. (Double check it is installed correctly & if needed has the extra power cord connected to the card. 4. Re-connect the power cord. 5. During boot up enter the bios by pressing the Delete key every couple seconds. 6. Once in the bios click the Advanced tab, see top of page 2-19 in your manual. 7. Than open Onboard Device Configuration Open North Bridge Configuration, see page 2-22 Change Primary Graphics Adapter to [PCI-E] Change Internal VGA to [Disable] Change Share Memory Size to [Disable] 8. Save Bios changes & exit. Your system will auto restart. Once windows has finished loading install the 8600 driver software & directX 10.0. You can also go to nVidia & download the latest software driver @ http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
During the initial boot sequence (as soon as you turn your PC on), try pressing <DEL> button (or F2 or F10 - you will see info on the bottom of the screen stating something like "Press _____ (del, F2, F10) to go to Setup..."
This will take you to BIOS, main setup panel for your PC. There you can find and option for switching your main GFX card. Options will be something like: onboard, pci, agp. You should choose PCI.
Try doing this after you insert your new PCI gfx in your computer.
During boot press DEL to get into standard BIOS settings, while in standard BIOS hold CTL key and press F1 this will alow hidden features to show in BIOS. Enter into Integrated Peripherals and you should now see a entry called INIT DISPLAY FIRST and you should be able to select between PCI Onboard and AGP (Depending on what you have installed). I have the same motherboard and had also upgraded to the 6200 which works great after finding the hidden BIOS features. Hope this does the trick for you!