Solved New video card makes boot up slow

July 26, 2012 at 21:45:26
Specs: Windows XP
I just installed a Zotac Geforce GT 430 in my Dell Dimension 8200 with Windows XP. It's an old machine with a Pentium 4 2.53 GHz and 512 MB RAM. I'm waiting for my RAM upgrade to 2 GB to arrive in the mail. So I installed the new card after removing the old card's drivers. When booting up for the first time, it would go through the Dell startup screen for a few seconds then the screen would go black with a flashing cursor in the top left part of the screen. It would stay like this for a couple of minutes giving periodic beeps. After a couple of minutes, it would then proceed to the next part of the bootup. I finally made it to my Window's desktop when the colors and resolution were terrible. I then installed the new drivers and restarted the computer to find that everything was great once I was into windows, but the boot up is still painfully slow. It still does what it did before, it will go black with the flashing cursor for several minutes while giving periodic beeps and then will finally make it in.

Any idea why this may be happening? Do you think the motherboard is too outdated to handle the card? Like I said, it runs beautifully once Windows boots up, it's just that really long delay at initial boot up is a little frustrating. Do you think once I get the additional RAM in that may fix it?

By the way I'm looking to upgrade the system to Windows 7 because I have a very cheap student discount copy and I've read forums where other people have been doing that. I got the video card because I heard it can handle the Windows 7 OS.

Any info helps! Thanks!

See More: New video card makes boot up slow

Report •

July 27, 2012 at 03:21:03
✔ Best Answer
Stick to XP, your comp is not powerful enough for W7. XP will be even better with the extra Ram.

I just googled your comp & the card.

Zotac Geforce GT 430 system requirements
System Requirements 300-watt power supply recommended

You only have 250-watt

DC power supply: Wattage 250 W

Report •

July 27, 2012 at 07:43:38
Great, thank you so much for that info. I've never purchased an upgraded power supply before, are they fairly universal or not so much? I just found this on eBay:

Would I be safe going this route and be getting a good deal at $40?

And just to make sure, you think having enough power would fix the black screen problem then?

Thanks again for your help!

Report •

July 27, 2012 at 15:27:35
"And just to make sure, you think having enough power would fix the black screen problem then?"

I have no idea if that will fix the problem.

I would not spend any more money on that computer myself, try the Ram & see what happens.

Don't know what country you are in, but almost every household, now has an unwanted comp lying around, check with neighbors/friends/relies/workmates & use the power supply out of it.

Make sure you clean the dust out of all comp fans, psu & cpu.

Another way, buy a brand new bare bones or custom case system. In other words, you get the case with PSU, MB, Ram & whatever else you need.

Information about cleaning computer components
Getting The Grunge Out Of Your PC, Fred Langa cleans the dirtiest PC he can find, and along the way shows you how you can easily tackle yours. There are 7 pages.
Quiet noisy computer fans with a drop of oil

Report •

Related Solutions

July 27, 2012 at 20:35:34
Great, thank you so much for the good info. There should be a couple of old computers lying around at our family office so I'll take a look there. Thanks again!

Report •

Report •

Ask Question