MCP73VT-PM user manual

March 2, 2011 at 17:48:21
Specs: Windows Vista, intel celeron
my graphics card does not get found by my pc

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March 3, 2011 at 11:03:39
Why do you need the manual for your motherboard? If you have added in a graphics card did you switch the monitor cable over to the new card? If so and it still isn't working then re-seat the new card with the computer unplugged. Make sure the card is fully seated.

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March 3, 2011 at 14:16:10
The term CARD is frequently mis-used.
If the video adapter, or any device adapter, is built into the mboard - onboard - and cannot be removed, IT IS NOT A CARD !

Searching using: MCP73VT-PM

....finds this web page for this mboard on an excellent third party site about emachines systems:

ECS MCP73VT-PM Mainboard (unofficial info)

It has onboard video - a video adapter built into the mboard.
It that's what you have your monitor plugged into, if there was nothing else wrong with your system, then the video should work fine !!

You could try your monitor with another computer, but there's probably nothing wrong with it.

If you have an actual video CARD installed in the PCI-E X16 slot,
- the onboard video port will NOT produce video - the onboard video is disabled automatically by the bios when there is a card installed in the PCI-E X16 slot.
- you MAY need a power supply that has more capacity - see BELOW below.

If you DO have this mboard in a emachines system case.....

A BESTEC power supply malfunctioning or failing is probably the NUMBER ONE REASON an emachines desktop system fails to boot normally !

emachines desktop computers usually have a BESTEC power supply.
BESTEC power supplies have a reputation of malfunctioning and failing a lot more often than average, and when they do that, they are a lot more likely than average to damage something else, especially when they fail completely, often the mboard.

If you DO have a BESTEC power supply, that's probably what is causing your problem.
If you remove it before it gets any worse and try a known good power supply with the system, if you are fortunate and the BESTEC power supply hasn't already damaged the mboard, the system will work fine.

If you can borrow a power supply from another working computer, try connecting that.

If it is failing, you can usually replace it with any decent quality standard sized standard ATX PS with the same capacity or greater.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy a BESTEC power supply !
Don't buy an el-cheapo (in quality) PS.
See response 3 in this:

The e4all web site lists a manual download for this mboard model, but he is no longer allowing downloads. (If you donate to his web site, he may allow downloads eventually.)
Clicking on the download yields an error message that shows at the end of the location URL.

ECS web site
GF7050VT-M5 (Home support page)

There's a manual download there.

That's a retail model and may not be 100% identical to the OEM only MCP73VT-PM model, but it has the same NVDIA GeForce7050 and 610i chipsets.


Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.

If you need to get a PS with more capacity, you can usually replace it with any decent quality standard sized standard ATX PS.

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March 3, 2011 at 16:54:48
I DONT HAVE A BESTEC i don't know whats wrong with it i have learnt that the on board graphics is interfearing with the card i have tryed reseating the card (many times) and the built in nvidia graphics is always overtaking when i turn of my pc so it does obviously not turn it of automatically

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March 3, 2011 at 18:27:43
If the video card is a PCI video card, installing it DOES NOT disable the onboard video.

If you use a PCI card that has an old video chipset that first came out before about 1999, many of those are NOT compatible with being installed on mboards that have onboard video, unless you can disable the onboard video by means of a jumper on the mboard - the video chipset cannot co-exist with the onboard video and both the onboard video and the video on the card will try to display at the same time - the video on the PCI card will be really messed up. I haven't seen a mboard that has such a jumper you can move or remove to disable the onboard video since the earliest Pentium mboards in the early 90's. E.g. I have an ATI Xpert 98 (Rage XL video chipset) PCI card that that applies to.

If the video card is a PCI-E X1 card, installing it in a PCI-E X1 or a PCI-E X8 or a PCI-E X16 slot MAY NOT disable the onboard video.

There's no setting that can disable the onboard video in the bios. When the onboard video is not disabled when you install a PCI or a PCI-E X1 card, there is nothing you can do in the bios other than reduce the amount of ram installed in the mboard that is shared with it. In Windows, you can disable Windows from enabling the onboard video when there is more than one Display adapter listed in Device Manager by RIGHT clicking on the entry for the onboard video and choosing Disable (choosing Un-install won't work - Windows will detect the onboard video again the next time you boot the computer).

The only thing setting the Primary video or Initialize video first or similar setting does is provide info that Windows needs - e.g. if you set that to PCI-E, a PCI-E card will be able to use it's enhanced capabiliities in Windows via it's specific drivers having been installed - if that setting is set to onboard video or PCI, and the video card is PCI-E, the specific drivers loaded for the PCI-E card WILL NOT be able to use the card's enhanced capabilities in Windows properly - you still get video in Windows but it can't work properly with that improper setting in the bios.


If the video card is a PCI-E X16 card....

In that case........
- the video card in the slot is damaged
- the PCI-E X16 slot is damaged
-the mboard is otherwise damaged.

ATX power supplies are always supplying power to the mboard in some places including some of the contacts in the card slots and in the ram slots, even when the computer is not running, as long as the PS is connected to the mboard, the switch on the PS is on, and the PS is receiving live AC power.

Did you remove the AC power to the PS at ALL times when you were plugging in and unplugging the card ?

Try the video card in another computer.

Try another PCI-E X 16 video card in this computer.

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March 5, 2011 at 09:01:31
Hi thanks for the help but i recently found out that amazon sold me a broken card thanks for you advice.

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