Video card not detected after system restore

October 26, 2010 at 08:05:06
Specs: Windows XP, 3.33 mhz/2 gb
Recently, I had to replace the hard drive in our eMachines T3085 desktop and re-load the OS from the restore discs that came with the computer originally. I've run into trouble with my video card. It has worked fine for the last 3 or 4 years but now I can't get the computer to even recognize it when it's in the AGP slot--however, when it is plugged into the slot, no video appears on the monitor. When I unplug the card and plug the monitor cable back into the onboard video, it works fine. The card is an NVIDIA geForce 6200 LE. Things I tried that did not work:
--changed BIOS settings to ensure video was using AGP slot.
--installed latest card drivers.
--tried to find motherboard drivers but I don't know who makes the motherboard. It's probably 7 years old but all I know is the model is AU31.

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!

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October 26, 2010 at 09:08:56
I think you are on the right track. There are MB drivers that may be needed. You need to try and locate the model number and mfgr of the MB first to make sure the AGP slot is even working properly. You could try a PCI-e card if you want to buy one. Otherwise the NVDIA driver also would definitely be needed before that card will work again. Usually though they still work, just not well, without the video card driver. So this leads me to believe MB drivers are needed. You don't have the driver CD that came with your PC?

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October 26, 2010 at 11:37:30
The system restore disc, as far as I know, is supposed to contain all device drivers. However, this is 2004 technology. In theory, the MB would have the same drivers that it's had for the last 6 years (because I never updated the MB drivers), so I'm not sure why it's not working. The manufacturer, I believe, is FIC (?). I'm not sure they're even in business anymore. I've found some "aftermarket" sites that claim to offer drivers but they also say that flashing the BIOS with their software could irreparably damage the computer, so I'm not real excited about using those.

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October 26, 2010 at 12:02:52
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October 26, 2010 at 14:12:43
1st of all, you should NOT install graphics drivers unless the video card is installed & recognized by the OS.

2nd, if the 6200 LE died, it should be considered a blessing in disguise.

3rd, your system specs are listed at the eMachines website but there are no drivers available. It appears that all you need is the nVidia unified driver pack from 2004...there is nothing newer at the nVidia site.

I noticed that you list the CPU as "3.33 mhz"...I assume you meant 3.33GHz. That must be for a different system because there's no AMD socket A CPU that even comes close to running at that speed.

Here's your motherboard:

If the unified driver pack doesn't have all the drivers you need, both the sound & network drivers can be found at the Realtek website.

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October 26, 2010 at 15:55:17
Thanks for the feedback and especially the links. You are correct in that drivers should not be installed unless the card is installed and recognized by the OS. However, I was trying next to everything last night to get it to work. By the way, do I need to uninstall the onboard video driver before trying to install the new card? I read many places where I should do that, but I was concerned that if I uninstalled the onboard video driver and still had no signal coming from the video card, I would lose all video output from the system.

So I take it you're not a fan of the 6200 LE? I only bought it because my son got Thrillville: Off the Rails for his birthday several years ago and it required a separate video card to run it. So it was good to us. We didn't do a lot of heavy gaming, though.

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October 26, 2010 at 15:56:48
Yes, I meant 3.33 ghz. (What the hell's a gigowatt??)

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