how to bypass agp slot

July 2, 2010 at 08:34:21
Specs: Windows XP, 1 gig
Dell gx 400, agp slot damaged, need to disable agp to use pci, can'i get into bios or see anything . Blank screen

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#1
July 2, 2010 at 08:53:27
If you remove the AGP card, replace it with a PCI, then attach the monitor to it, you *should* at least be able to get you into the BIOS. If the screen remains blank without even displaying the Dell screen, you may have other problems. Any beeps at startup? Does you system have diagnostic LEDs?

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#2
July 5, 2010 at 15:20:25
I tried to use just the PCI card but it didn't work. System lights indicate a video card problem because the slot is bad, I know for sure the video card is good as I have used it in my other GX 400. For some reason Dell has this model set up for the agp to be the default video card and it don't "see" the PCI card. No response from keyboard either. Believe mobo is shot.

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#3
July 5, 2010 at 15:22:57
I forgot to say I get two short beeps, thats all. Have checked ram, it's all good. i can't even find any reference to a short two beep code anywhere at Dell's support site.

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#4
July 5, 2010 at 21:25:39
Did you try resetting the CMOS by removing the battery ?

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#5
July 6, 2010 at 09:21:11
yeah, I tried that too. No luck with that either. Also removed the password jumper on the mobo. That didn't work either.

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#6
July 6, 2010 at 10:30:57
How badly is the AGP slot damaged ?

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#7
July 9, 2010 at 00:50:57
Corner broken off on the end near the hook thingy.. Ha ha-don't know what it's called.

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