PCI video card for a Dell Dimension 3000

October 30, 2013 at 00:55:50
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4
I know this has been asked a 1000 times before but I was given a Dell Dimension 3000 and am having problems with installing a new PCI video card.

I tried an EVGA GeForce 6200 MB DDR2, ATI RADEON 9200 MB and NVIDIA GEFORCE FX5500 MB. None of them work.

On the Dell monitor, it says "Cannot display this video mode". If i connect it to a HP monitor, it says "input signal out of range".

The onboard video is set to auto-detect. No other mods have been made.

I tried to find out the pci slot voltages and of the cards but they are elusive.

Should i try 128mb cards? I dont play games or do high-end graphics but the onboard 96mb struggles sometimes.

This is really a time & money wasting exercise as I already have 2 other pc's. But its something i must solve.

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October 30, 2013 at 03:35:51
"Cannot display this video mode" or "input signal out of range"

This means the display resolution is set too high, higher than the monitor can handle.

You should be able to start Windows in Safe Mode which uses Microsoft's basic video driver which allows only low resolution.

In Safe Mode, uninstall the third-party video driver and restart Windows.

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October 30, 2013 at 07:31:46
If you're seeing the Dell splash screen when you boot the system, the card is working. That would mean the problem is as phil22 stated, your screen resolution is wrong.

"The onboard video is set to auto-detect"

Is there a setting in the BIOS to disable it? If there is, use it. And if there's setting for Initial 1st Display (or something similar), set it to PCI slot.

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November 2, 2013 at 01:17:52
Phil22 & riider, i havent ignored your responses. Just lost interest for time-being.

Will get back when i done some more investigating in next couple of days or so.

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