I just purchased an Acer Veriton m410 (jtem # BB10841418), it has an integrated video output (ATI x1200). I would like to upgrade to another more powerful card such as the nVidia 8600 GT with 1 gig of memory. My question: is an nVidia card right or should I get an appropriate ATI card?
You can upgrade your video card to a card of your chioce, however with a intergrated ATI chipset you would get better performance from a higher end ATI card to match, just make sure you change the primary video from PCI to PCIE in the bios settings.
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You should be more specific next time - is it a laptop or a desktop computer, do you have additional graphics card, etc? I've already googled for a PC type. You have a desktop PC which comes with integrated graphics. It has two video ports onboard - VGA and HDMI. Which one did you try? It could also be that you have additional graphics card installed. In this case integrated graphics card is turned off automatically. Sometimes people accidentally connect their display to the wrong port - you should check that. It could also be, that you don't see any video output, because of faulty hardware like RAM, CPU or the Motherboard. Do you hear any beeps or other sounds during startup?
Wowee, what a mess that's caused. The Acer Veriton uses a AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ 2 GHz processor, which you can get most anywhere,eBay Amazon. Acer Veriton M410 Motherboard RS690M03 MBV5309001 iswhat your bords called by. Again you can find those on the same sites. But to be frank, if I were going to have to purchase a new MB and CPU, I'd think about a major upgrade in that box. The only other thing you'd need to purchase would be compatible memory sticks. Don't get me wrong - there nothing wrong with your existing system, but, I look at it as an opportunity to switch to a new technology (since you already have the expense) Most any ATX card will fit into that box from Acer, and your hard drive will work fine. Just a thought!!!!.
How did you disconnect the onboard VGA?
The onboard VGA device must be disabled in the BIOS and the ATI graphics card inserted in the computer.
When you bootup it should default to a standard Windows VGA configuration, then install the ATI video driver o you can get high resolution graphics.
Connect the monitor to the onboard video connector first. then
you need to disable the on-board graphics in the BIOS save the setting and shutdown. Then connect the monitor to the GeForce video connector and boot up then you will get a video signal on the GeForce video card.
Start the PC, Click Start > Right Click on My Computer > select Properties > Advanced tab > Settings (in the Start up and recovery section) > Unckeck the box next to "Automatically restart" under "System failure". > click "OK" > click "OK" again. Restart your PC and give it a go.