I recently installed a Radeon 9600 SE 128MB video card on my PC. WinXP found everything and it was running great. It's a Athlon 900MHz, 512MB RAM and it was running Guild Wars and games like that really well on 4x AGP (the card supports 4x and 8x. But then i restart it and no video shows up, not even the beginning where its supposed to say COMPAQ in big letters (yeah i know, COMPAQ, buts its all i have for a working PC now lol). So i put the old 8MB card back in lol, and it works, and then I shutdown. Then i put back in the 128MB card and it works again. So i restart to see if it will load it and boom, it doesnt work. So i shutdown then i put back in my 8MB card again and that didnt work. So i put the 128 in and it works and im on it right now. Please help!! thanks P.S. - what is IRQ in BIOS for my AGP slot? The numbers for IRQ settings are 3, 5, 10, and 11, default was 10.
You have to load a specific driver for the card to work. You can't just swicth out from card to card without loading the drivers.
1) Get the ati driver, either the official driver or the Omega drivers from omegadrivers.net. 2) put your 9600 in. Start the pc, load the driver. 3) restart
The driver and card should now work.
Yep, you need to install the drivers for it.
All windows does when it finds and no driver is installed is load a extremely basic generic driver just so you get video from it.
~Merrick;3810262You have to load a specific driver for the card to work. You can't just swicth out from card to card without loading the drivers. [...]
True (most of the time), yet anyway it should not prevent the computer from displaying anything before Windows even starts ...
on a restart it can.
i restart it and no video shows up, not even the beginning where its supposed to say COMPAQ
Yeah. Should be ok on the second restart though, or 3rd in the worst case, provided of course there is no hardware at fault / serious incompatibility/conflict. And still no need for a driver for it to display something before the OS itself even starts.
Driver is the software that makes it work so there is ALWAYS a need for a driver. If the driver is an old windows version it can easily have a compatibility issue for an era or card it wasn't written for. Including second and third restarts, and especially if he was just bouncing a card back and forth.
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26th July 2005
MoonJelly;3810165the card supports 4x and 8x. But then i restart it and no video shows up, not even the beginning where its supposed to say COMPAQ in big letters
If your not even getting a list of the video cards bios at the start of the boot up sequence then that sounds more like a faulty or incompatible card. But some mother boards are strange with new hardware. Go into you bios (if you can) with your new card in place and make sure that plug and play os is disabled. and the graphics card aperture size is set correctly. If it does boot to windows give it a little time to recognise the new card and then reboot it 2 or 3 times to make sure. Then find the latest driver for it. If that does not work then it is simply a faulty or incompatible card and there's not a lot you can do about that.
~Merrick;3812760on a restart it can.
But when you formatt the HDD it's displaying even if you haven't installed the driver
~Merrick;3812977Driver is the software that makes it work so there is ALWAYS a need for a driver.
... Once the OS starts yes, before, NO. Just how would you install Windows if you had no display at all, unresponsive keyboard and drives before it is installed ? -.-