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The video card on my motherboard no longer works when I put in the new card the in the PCI express slot the monitor still does not fire up, do I need to disable the one on the motherboard and how?

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1) Computer off, unplug power to the computer. (Remove the power cord from the surge protector, Not from the back of the computer. {Power Supply)

2) Press the Power On button, 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 2 more times.
(Imperative!)

What you are doing is clearing CMOS Error Codes, and resetting BIOS Setup back to the factory default settings.
Back to using Integrated Graphics again.

(By the way. The graphics 'engine' is the GPU.
Graphics Processing Unit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

Integrated Graphics is also referred to as OnBoard Graphics.
Meaning On the motherBoard.
The GPU is soldered to the motherboard.

A graphics card is also referred to as a Graphics Adapter Card.
(Or Video Card, or Video Adapter Card)
The GPU is soldered to the adapter card.
The adapter card is removable from the computer.

Integrated Graphics is not removable from the computer.
Hence it is not a Graphics Card.

Just wanted to clarify, in case you are referring to the Nvidia Geforce 7100 Integrated Graphics that is on the motherboard, or are indeed referring to a graphics card ]

Now plug the monitor cable into the VGA port, or DVI port, on the back of your Pavilion a6600f computer.

When Windows loads put the Installation Disk (CD) that came with the graphics card, into your optical drive.
(CD/DVD drive)

Load the software. If asked to restart your computer - NO!
Close all windows.
Shut your computer down normally. (Start>Turn Off Computer>Turn Off. Example is WinXP)

Unplug the power to your computer. Observe Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:

Your body carries Static electricity.
Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.
You may not even see it, or feel it. POOF!

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open.
TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case.
If you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, upon your return be SURE to Touch the metal frame again

Plug the Monitor into the motherboard. (VGA or DVI)
Plug the computer into power.
WAIT 1 minute, turn the computer on.

Appreciate hearing the outcome of this. Post in a Comment.
If this doesn't do it, then yes, you'll have to go into the BIOS Setup Utility, and change from the motherboard setting to PCI Express.

To enter BIOS Setup:
As soon as you press the Power On button, start tapping on the F10 key. Tap in 2 second intervals. The beep you will hear is a Stuck Key beep.

You're supposed to press the F10 key as soon as the HP splash screen, (Logo) appears. problem is if you are not quick enough, the screen will go by, and you'll have to restart the computer, try again.
Tap the F10 key instead.

When you get to the blue, and gray screen of BIOS Setup, you cannot use your mouse cursor anymore.
Use the keys on your keyboard.

At the top of the BIOS Setup utility screen are the headings,
Main, Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit.

Use the Right Arrow key to highlight Advanced.

You are now in the Advanced BIOS Options screen.
Use the Down Arrow key to highlight -
Primary Video Adapter

Press the Enter key.
(You are Not making any changes just yet. Just looking around)

A pop-out sub-menu will appear. Use the navigation key to highlight your choice. The Up or Down Arrow key is the navigation key here.
Select Item

Don't know what is offered with the a6600f.
Tell me if there isn't a logical choice available, that you would choose.
Suspect is will state Slot-Type for one of the choices.
This is what you want.

Once you have your choice highlighted, press the Enter key.
You now have to save your changes, or it will be like you have done nothing at all.

If there is a Y/N offered, press the y key. (It is not a capital Y. The capital Y is just shown for clarity)
Then press the Enter key.
You have now saved your changes.

If Yes/No is offered make sure you highlight Yes, then press the Enter key.
Exit to save changes.
Your computer should restart, and your graphics should work.

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When you install a compatible video card to your PC, it's automatically detected, and therefore, overrides the onboard video. Be sure that it's seated correctly else you'll encounter problems. Sometimes taking the card out and putting it back in fixes the problem. Also, be sure that your PSU (power supply unit) is capable of handling the new card. There are usually specs listed on the box which inform of the right amount of amp-age of the PSU required to match up with the video card.


Hope this helps. :)

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