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Win 98SE conflict with new video card

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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2002 - 12:57 am:   

Recently I put a PCI TNT2 M64 video card into my Acer desktop running Windows 98SE.
The guys at Acer said it should just plug-in,disable the on-board graphics chip and fire up,asking for it's drivers.
This sadly,has not been so simple.
After having found I had to flash the BIOS (that went OK) and load what I hope is the updated driver for the on-board chip,(in order to get a 'disable in this profile' option in Device Manager - which still didn't happen),I have now been told by Acer that Win 98SE doesn't support multiple display adapters,so I should change my OS to a newer version of Win98SE.I assume he meant Win ME,by that.

I might add that there are no jumpers,switches or anything like that on the V65LA motherboard, and to switch the Primary Display Adapter entry from 'On-Board' to 'Auto' in the BIOS will select the new card for output to a monitor attached to it,but after going through the Acer logo and BIOS start option, the screen flickers and goes blank and black. Windows just will not go there.
Also,ever since I had to muck around with this driver update for the on-board chip,my 'waiting'cursor frequently locks up.

I'm getting desperate,I've been trying to sort this out for a few weeks now!
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 8:22 pm:   

Did you remove the onboard display adapter in device manager?
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 10:54 pm:   

if you have a disable function for the onboard graphic in the bios, try that. looks like most them settings you need may be in the bios
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 12:39 am:   

The on-board display adapter has only one option in Device Manager and that is a checkbox for 'Exists in all Hardware profiles' (Not one for Disable). I have un-checked the box (one of the first things I did do,and it remains unchecked to this day,though I am viewing the monitor at this moment.)

The only BIOS Option I have is under 'Primary Display Adapter' and it is an option for [OnBoard] or [Auto] and as I mentioned in my first letter,when I select the [Auto] option,I get the system BIOS and Acer logo then all goes black and Windows doesn't appear.
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 12:00 pm:   

What I was referring to was going to the device manager and highlighting the onboard display adapter and then click on the remove button. Then reboot the computer and see in it picks up the new video card.

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