Is my graphics card broken?

Evga Geforce 9400 gt video card
April 22, 2010 at 12:17:30
Specs: Windows Vista
I just bought a new GeForce 9400 GT graphics card.
I've disabled the existing onboard display adapter,
installed the new card correctly, but once I power on, I
have no display at all. Tried to install the drivers
before installing the card (using included cd), but
couldn't, as there was no hardware to support the
drivers. Is there any explanation other than my card
being faulty?

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April 22, 2010 at 12:29:50
1 - of all available cards, why a 9400GT? Just curious.

2 - you can't install the drivers BEFORE you install the card.

3 - depending on your BIOS, there can be numerous settings to change - disable onboard video, reduce shared memory to none, change Initial Display to PCIe (or AGP)

4 - are you sure the card is fully seated in it's slot? No beeping at startup?

5 - is the monitor cable connected to the new card?

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April 23, 2010 at 08:48:06
truth be told, this card was purchased actually at least 6
months ago, based on conclusions that this would be the
best value for mid-line cards. But of course, I am definitely
new to the idea of upgrading hardware, so there were probably
better choices. (I've been looking at the MSI Radeon Hawk
5770 card recently, if this one still refuses to work.)

I gave up trying before, and now I'm trying again.

My monitor was not connected to the new card! I feel a little
dumb, but thank you - I will try this, after I get myself an

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