I've got a new computer yesterday, namely P4 2.4GHZ, 256MB RAM and comes with an implemented Pro Savaged card(Forgot the full name, and its a crappy card), but recently I got a Radeon 9600 XT and installed it over the crappy implemented card. However, there was one MAJOR problem I experienced with this new PC. First off, most game I install crash at random areas. Heres the list of crashes I experienced: -Deus Ex: Invisible War suddenly stopped working after like 10 minutes, and the whole computer somehow was in a coma, it would not respond to Ctrl+Alt+Del or anything but the reset and power buttons. -BF1942 crashs to the desktop with no error messages at all when I try to define a new key for one control button. -Playing BF1942, the 'Map vote' window stayed on my screen all the time, with absolutely no way to interact or close it whatsoever, until the round ends. I suspect it has something to do with my PC. -Experienced the exact same problem when I come to the main menu in C&C Generals AND Zero Hour. I think that the root that causes this problem is because the 2 graphic cards I have in my computer are conflicting with each other, thats why there're so many crashes and errors. Is it? And is there any way to fix it? Also, is it possible to remove that crappy implemented graphic card totally? Like with a chainsaw?
17th June 2002
By 'implemented' I assume you mean integrated, as in built into the motherboard. I would say that although a chainsaw will probably help you personally, it won't exactly do wonders for your warranty or your bank balance. My first thought would be; have you disabled the integrated graphics in the BIOS? I've never actually left it switched on alongside a graphics card, so I don't know what would happen if you did, but it's what comes to mind first anyway.
If it's an actual graphics card (probably PCI if it is)... remove it. Although, I'll give you some credit and assume it's not one of those.
Mr. Matt. My first thought would be; have you disabled the integrated graphics in the BIOS? .
Yes, by all means disable the Onboard Video in BIOS. it'll free up the IRQ's and Interupts for the 9600XT.
Try that first and test it.
17th June 2002
It's been a while since I had a motherboard with integrated graphics, but here goes...
If you go into your BIOS (Usually, with the DEL key, but it will tell you which key to press while it's booting), there should be few menus. One of them might say 'integrated peripherals'? Try looking in there to see if there's anything like 'Onboard Graphics', and if there is, disable it and see if that works. Failing that, just browse each menu until you find something similar to 'Onboard Graphics'. As the BIOS is usually arranged differently from motherboard-to-motherboard, I couldn't really be specific without misleading you. But you should certainly find an option in there, if not in 'Integrated Peripherals' then in one of the other menus such as 'CMOS settings', along the lines of Onboard Graphics. Perhaps, if you tell us what motherboard you have, someone else may also have it and be able to give specific instructions.
Well I have a VIA motherboard
Sorry, the option 'Onboard Graphics' doesn't seem to exist in my BIOS settings. I've looked through all the menus, and no option similar was found. Now what?
I take what n0e says way too seriously
1st March 2003
In control panel, click system.
Hardware -> Device Manager. Select the display adapter you want to remove. Right click it, select properties. Write down the info labelled location. If it says PCI bus and it's a number higher than zero, you know it's a card. Right click it, select uninstall and then turn off the computer and yank it. If not, right click, properties, Click resources. Write down IRQ number. Go into BIOS. Disable it from there.
The explination Mr.Matt provided is as good as any. There is, without doubt, some setting in your bios which has to do with your onboard graphic controller. VIA boards run on Award BIOS, you should find the graphic controller settings under an "Advanced" tab, or "Integrated Peripherals". The choises should be something similar to "Onbard graphic, PCI, AGP".