Virtual GART APG Controllers?

Dell Dimension 8300 desktop
April 1, 2011 at 19:37:26
Specs: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3, Intel Pentium 4 / 1 Gigabyte
I am trying to install an ATI All In Wonder 9800 Pro into a Dell Dimension 8300 Desktop. The motherboard has no built in video card, so I have to get this one to work. With a very old ATI Rage 128 Pro, it works fine. But when I try to put the new card in, the screen never turns on. The computer also doesn't boot. The keyboard doesn't work then, so I can't go into safe mode. I've tried probably 20 drivers, but none of them work. I couldn't find any kind of AGP driver from ATI. I hooked up all the cables properly, and you can hear the video card receiving power (from the fan). Also, 2 of the lights that are supposed to be green when the computer is working right, are orange. The lights are ABCD and A and C are orange. Anything could help.

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#1
April 2, 2011 at 06:58:53
"I've tried probably 20 drivers, but none of them work"

You're not supposed to install drivers until AFTER the card is recognized. What was the point of try 20 different drivers? All you did was waste your time.

Are you 100% sure the card works? The 9800 is a power hungry card & requires a 4-pin molex plug for additional power. If that 4-pin plug isn't connected, the card won't work. And your power supply must be able to support the added load of the card.


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#2
April 2, 2011 at 18:26:47
You have to realize I cannot boot the computer when I put in the card. I plugged in the 4-Pin cable in all of the attempts. When the CPU can't boot, it is impossible to install anything. I can't even access BIOS. I could try another PS that was from an Optiplex GX270 (Nearly Identical CPU). That is the only other thing I could try.

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#3
April 3, 2011 at 01:13:38
The 8300 came with a 250, or 305 W PSU (it should be marked on the PSU). Even if it's a very good one that's not enough for a 9800 (NVidia recommend a 580W PSU, although that's probably overkill). Nothing working is consistent with this. Don't persist in trying to use that card with that PSU or you may break something.

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#4
April 3, 2011 at 09:00:33
Thanks for letting me know. Do you know about any good cards that would work with my system? The one I have right now is only 16mb in memory (Not good for a gamer like me).

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