FX5500 boot-up problem, PLEASE HELP

Ibm / Netvista 8305
January 31, 2009 at 08:23:24
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB Ram, Pentium 4 2.4 ghz
So I decided to order a GeForce FX5500 PCI 256mb Graphics card off of ebay. When I got it, I installed it into the computer and set up settings for it in the bios. When I restarted the computer, everything was showing up until after the boot screen, it all goes black screened, yet the screen is still on and I still hear WinXP boot up. I tried installing a newer Nvidia driver but that didn't work. I rolled back the driver, but the previous driver seems to not be installed properly, I'm getting furious because I REALLY want to play Doom 3 and NFSMW right now. Can anyone help me out or know a solution? Thanks.

My PC Specs are as follows=
OS: Windows XP Professional
Computer: IBM NetVista 8305
Graphics Card: Intel Extreme Graphics (FX5500 soon)
PSU: I think max is 187 watts?
Ram: 1GB
Other: GeForce 4 MX 420 melted in AGP slot :(


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#1
January 31, 2009 at 08:32:08
To start with, the FX5500 isn't a very good card & the fact that it's PCI rather than AGP makes matters worse. Why didn't you get another AGP card? Did you destroy the slot? And if you can't get a display on the screen, how can you install or roll back drivers?? Do NOT install the nVidia drivers until the card is properly detected...the card has to work 1st, THEN you can install the drivers.

Go back into the BIOS & change the Initial Display setting to PCI.


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#2
January 31, 2009 at 08:50:00
I already tried that, the only way to run the PC is using the craptactic onboard graphics chip which is not enough to play games properly. I would have ordered an AGP slot version of the FX5500, but my old card is melted INSIDE the AGP slot, I can't pull it out, even with pliers, plus it doesn't seem to work anymore, so it is useless.

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#3
January 31, 2009 at 08:58:09
"my old card is melted INSIDE the AGP slot, I can't pull it out, even with pliers, plus it doesn't seem to work anymore, so it is useless"

LOL...that's your problem! You HAVE to get the old AGP card out! Obviously you have to remove the screw that secures the card in place, but don't forget about the lock on the other end of the slot.


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#4
January 31, 2009 at 09:06:02
OK, I tried again (Screw and Lock) but it still doesn't come out, I think the brown plastic of the slot is melted onto the card, and I can't seem to fit anything down the sides to chizzle it off. But you're saying if I get this old one out, the one in my PCI slot will start working?

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#5
January 31, 2009 at 13:02:44
The AGP card has to come out!

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#6
January 31, 2009 at 14:56:42
Before I pull it out, what tool do you suggest I should use, I don't want to break my motherboard.

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#7
January 31, 2009 at 15:50:15
I would use my bare hands. Wiggle it, rock it, pull it, yank it, etc...whatever it takes. I don't recommend "chiseling" or trying to stick anything in the slot along side the card.

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#8
January 31, 2009 at 17:51:15
I yanked the life out of that GeForce 4 card but no success, it doesn't even budge. Is there another way to fix the FX5500 boot-up problem?

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#9
February 1, 2009 at 02:46:06
I yanked the life out of that GeForce 4 card but no success, it doesn't even budge. Is there another way to fix the FX5500 boot-up problem?

Something else is holding it in place, either the AGP locking tab on the back of the agp slot, or something else. You did take the screw out holding the metal face place in right?

Windows is not like MacOS(at least 9 and before) where it didn't matter how many video cards you had installed, it would always use them all and allow you to select which one for the main screen.

Remove the AGP card, or your not gonna get video.... have you tried going into the BIOS and selecting "PCI" as the first slots to look for for a video card also?

PM9600(1 ghz G4)
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36gb SCSI
ATi 9250 PCI


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#10
February 1, 2009 at 18:13:26
Yes, I have already tried the bios and selected PCI, that was the first thing I did, also to note, my computer does not use screws to hold cards in, it is more of a push and snap in type of way. I can't seem to get it out, and I double checked for anything else holding it in. The only thing I can think of is that it is melted with the plastic of the slot. Is there any kind of way I can fit anything in the side that won't wreck anything? If so, I could look for melted spots and try to shave/cut it apart.

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#11
February 4, 2009 at 19:13:33
I took out the melted AGP card and it looked bad. I booted up but same problem, but I can boot in safe mode with the new card which I'm in right now. I changed some settings but it's still having problems, any other suggestions?

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#12
February 4, 2009 at 20:06:04
IT WORKS! EVERYTHING WORKS! :) I disabled all power to the integrated graphics card and rebooted. It worked yet the driver had to be reinstalled, I installed from CD, rebooted and all goes well :). Thank You so much for your time and effort, I really appreciate it :) .

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