Dell with video card problems on the PCI-E

November 14, 2011 at 09:59:13
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 64 x2 2.8 4 Gigs PC2-6400
I have a dell inspiron 531, I am trying to install a PCI-E video card, I have changed the settings in the Bios to boot to the PCI-E it only boots to the onboard video. I have tried a PCI video card with same results. I flashed the Bios (1.0.13) with no luck, I installed the drivers to windows, and have tested the video card in other systems witch the card works. Any Ideas about what is wrong? Also I would like to know if anyone has had any luck unlocking the Bios so you can over clock and have the hidden settings?

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November 14, 2011 at 10:55:16
You didn't tell us which card? And you should NOT have installed any drivers until the card is recognized!

Remove the video card from the Dell & connect the monitor to the onboard. Boot into Windows & uninstall the new drivers, plus the drivers for the onboard. If it tells you to reboot, do NOT do it. Then go to Device Manager & uninstall the graphics adapter (if it's stll listed). Shut down, install the video card, connect the monitor cable to the card. Boot the system & immediately enter the BIOS. Disable the onboard video, change the shared RAM to none, set the Initial Display to PCIE, save the settings & exit. If all goes well, you will get into Windows on the reboot, THEN you can install the new drivers.

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November 14, 2011 at 11:05:42
The PCI-E card is a ATI Radeon HD 2400XT. I have tried to uninstall drivers from windows for both card, Rebooted the system, and windows will find the card and will install drivers. I have turned off the onboard in the dell but every time I have it does not work, the onboard is the only video out put that works. I changed the shared ram to the lowest point (16mg). I am going to try this again and see what happens. If you can think of anything else or it does not work then I will be back LOL Damm dells I think I see a gray hair LOL......

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