Solved Enable Dell Inspiron 580 for graphics board on PCI x16 slot

February 1, 2014 at 10:00:27
Specs: Windows 7, Intel I3 4GB
For a Dell Inspiron 580: how do I disable on-board video BIOS setting so that Windows recognizes the graphics adapter (EVGA NVidia) installed in the PCIE-x16 slot? There is no direct access to BIOS settings other than high level options. Resetting BIOS password through interface and hardware doesn't change anything. All of the Dell utilities I've used are useless with regard to this problem. Even though the BIOS is an AMIBIOS8, neither AMI nor Intel provide the tools. I cannot possibly be the only person to have this problem. Solutions such as "reinstall Windows", "update your drivers", "reconfigure WMI", and "modify your INF files" are NOT welcome.

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#1
February 1, 2014 at 10:09:54
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"Usually" when one installs a separate graphics card it automatically disables the on-board adapter during set up etc.?

This link from Dell support forums - may assist...

http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...


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#2
February 1, 2014 at 12:20:06
People who respond on this forum do so to try to help others, for no fee, in their own free time. Saying inputs "are NOT welcome" is not the brightest way to seek help. It would have far better to have said you didn't wish to reinstall Windows, then list what you had already tried.

Hat's off to trvlr who was nevertheless prepared to respond.

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#3
February 2, 2014 at 11:20:28
I can understand someone being offended by my last statement. I've posted rants that are far more insensitive, if not downright abusive and insulting, on other tech sites. However, I've I have been on the hunt for a solution to this problem since before Thanksgiving, trying to put together the right sequence of magic search terms and trying to get by every website that really doesn't have the solution, but claims that their software will fix every problem a machine could probably have. I have done my due diligence by scouring the computer manufacturer's website, Intel's website (looking up stuff there reminds me of the catch phrase from Mission Impossible: "we disavow any knowledge of our chipsets once they are delivered to the computer manufacturer"), and Microsoft. The board and GPU manufacturers are pretty much blameless since they build their product and software to the specifications made by the hardware manufacturers and Microsoft. I have tried all of the suggestions I said that I didn't want to hear about. My operating system and hardware have survived in spite of them. I have finally seen 2 pieces of a solution that might work, the big one is from the link supplied by Trvlr. have been building computer systems since your father was in diapers. I've written machine code to build assemblers, the wire boards for that machine code, and after 50 years in this field I have really lost patience with responses based upon canned answers, guesses, self-promotion, and made without the basis of knowledge or experience with the hardware, chipsets, and software involved.

The Dell link supplied by Trvlr finally puts me in the direction to the solution. I like the idea of pulling the CMOS battery to effect a complete hardware reset - it's sort of like Dr. Ben Carson's approach to brain surgery.. Once I have this worked out, I will be posting complete documentation.


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#4
February 2, 2014 at 11:21:34
Thanks - this puts me in the right direction. Will post a full follow up once I've worked this out.

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#5
February 2, 2014 at 12:00:24
have been building computer systems since your father was in diapers
Maybe, but just for the record I cut my teeth on ICL1900 and IBM360 mainframes and my first home computer was a "Dragon 32", which plugged into the back of a valve (tube) TV. Remember WordStar - that came later?

Just the same, civility costs nothing and taking your anger out on folk who were in no way responsible for your situation or bad experiences is bad form, especially from someone whom it appears is old enough to know better.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
February 2, 2014 at 13:40:53
mmm… I can understand the "phrustrayshun" that can overtake/overwhelm at times… And even more so when even the people who make the kit, write the software etc - and those who bundle it up and sell on - all seem to offer similar "get out clauses" when there is problem; and one that "may" involve their part of the project. Just how may problems have been uncovered, and then resolved, by the end-user is likely too many to count...

It is often the case that many of us will draw on the resources of the www when attempting to resolve our own (in this case techie) problems; and also when attempting to to assist others too. And of course inevitably many of the "suggestions" will be much the same from, and/or duplicated by, the many who offer them… It is unfortunate too that many will quote from wherever, and fail to acknowledge the source(s); will often fail to read the actual post details; will often misunderstand the nature of the problem - the Call for Help - aka CFH; mind you some posts are so poorly presented it's not surprising at times…). It can lead to an even greater sense of phrustrayshun again. And some will present themselves as the "expert" with a 'this is the only way, the definitive resolution" etc.. - when it may not be; equally of course it can be... But presentation is all - as I have learned over many years - backed up with solid information; and due credits to it sources where appropriate. But generally "most" who take the time to attempt to assist do so with the best intentions; even if on occasion their particular understanding of it all isn't all it might be.

When I dun my MCSE in the late 90s (in SLC) my the main tutor (a top notch Novell chappie…) regularly reminded the group that: "no-one" knows it all; that often if one has a problem to resolve, likely there will be others too who have, or are having, the same problem. That the www was (is) a vast resource to be drawn upon - and also via which to share one's knowledge and expertise as best one may… He frequently would post on tech forums etc., and also make phone calls to seek/offer help to facilitate a problem resolution.

It is sometimes easy to forget that others "out there" (Skully) don't know the mind set of another posting a CFH (Call For Help) over a particularly vexing and seemingly endless problem…; quite what they have been through… But equally of course the one making the CFH ideally has/her part to play too - in tone and style of communication...

I trawled using the usual google method using (if I remember correctly) something like:

disable Dell Inspiron 580 on-board graphics adapter

It seemed to be the best, the most basic, to start with; with a view to other possible variations in due course…; and the first or second hit was the link I proffered…

I have found that even the slightest variation on string used in a google
(or any other search engine) search can produce a totally different set of of hits… Some of them will be totally unrelated, some totally useless, some less so and some very useful - and occasionally one or two will crop up within the results of several of the variations of a given string…

Quote why this Dell model (only this one?) doesn't disable by the on-board card by default when the add-in/plug-in card is installed… who knows… (Back to the earlier comments re' - it's not my bit that's a problem here; talk to the the others…; gotta be someone else's fault. Close the door on your way out - quietly!)

All very phrustrayting…; bin there a phew times, and got the t-shirt and scars to show for it... But good to know that at least via CN a possible resolution may have been found; at the least a some useful info. towards resolving the problem. I keep a note of useful snippets of info that appear to resolve things that ought not to have needed to be resolved… Incidentally in the distant past "Wanderer" and I used to have interesting and useful exchanges re' aspect of NT and its built-in limitations; and the workarounds. And by chance I realised at one stage I had read, and absorbed too, some of his contributions in the late 90s early 2000s in the then NT magazine… We regularly used to offer similar resolutions and workarounds on aspects of NT, and dual/multi-boots with '9x and W2K and later XP involved too… Fair to say his level of knowledge and expertise is way above mine in many areas (likely most).

Keep us informed on this one; and even if "our" offering don't resolve it fully - please post back when you do resolve it and let us know how t'was dun?


to Derek
… You didn't mention LEO or the Bletchely Park "bomb"… You weren't involved in those? I have a chum - now long retired in SLC - who was part of the LEO project from day one…; and my brother worked for ICL (a programer I think) at one time if I recall correctly...


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#7
February 2, 2014 at 13:52:20
trvlr

"You didn't mention LEO"
I wasn't involved with those LOL, but I once got my payslips from an Elliot 405 (used two valve bi-stable pairs in a container with a looped handle).

This was the first computer I acceptance tested in France (Angers factory) on behalf of the British Post Office:
http://ingenium.home.xs4all.nl/test...
It was "all transistor" - wow. Ferrite core memory and all that.

OK so we are getting silly but I think it might cast doubt on the "dypers".

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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