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Can't disable integrated graphics through BIOS and activate PCI slot

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August 27, 2008 12:19:10 PM

I just bought a new 8800GT for my computer (A Gateway GT5228 with an integrated GeForce 6100 chip) and a new power supply. Installing the actual hardware into my case was a breeze but when I put in the CD to install the drivers for the graphics card it would give me a message along the lines of "Could not find any compatible hardware, installation will now exit" In the box came an orange note directed towards people like me with integrated graphics chips that told me to disable the integrated graphics through the BIOS and activate the PCI slot through an option called "Primary Display Adapter". There is no such option on my BIOS menu, the manual doesn't say a thing about it and the company's tech support doesn't help all too much. I've already tried to disable the 6100 through Windows device manager but the installation disc still sees the 6100 there and not 8800Gt that I know I put in the right slot (and connected directly to the new power supply). Is anybody familiar with this BIOS menu? Can anybody tell me which option disables the onboard graphics and activates the PCI-E slot? I'm fairly new to hardware installation and the last thing I want to do is spend hours trying an option in BIOS, restarting seeing that it does nothing repeating that for hours and hours and finally breaking my computer because I disabled the wrong thing.

Here's a picture of my BIOS screen.
a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2008 12:37:21 PM

It's under Integrated peripherals. The choices should be PEG, PCI or onboard. Not sure what it is called.
Maybe you can make a list.
August 27, 2008 12:47:27 PM

evongugg said:
It's under Integrated peripherals. The choices should be PEG, PCI or onboard. Not sure what it is called.
Maybe you can make a list.


This is an image of the Integrated Peripherals screen; there's absolutely nothing that would indicate display output.



I have no clue how to interpret any of this.

I have to leave soon and I won't be back for another eight hours so thanks in advance.
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August 27, 2008 12:54:25 PM

bad addon video card, or not seated properly
August 27, 2008 12:55:21 PM

I guess it might be under advanced chipset features, but to be sure, just look through your entire bios and take a look at all the SETTINGS you have for every option in your bios. Look for a setting called PCIE or something like that.
If you don't find it, return to windows and see if you can UNINSTALL the integrated graphics. Maybe look at 'Add or remove programs' window in control panel for the original drivers and get rid of them. Be careful not to erase any drivers that belong to your mobo.
August 27, 2008 2:15:21 PM

yes it should switch over automatic so try to give the card a good push down
August 27, 2008 2:23:52 PM

Make sure the pci card is seated properly - you will need to push a button and pull the tab out that sits at the end of the slot (on the motherboard, not the card) to get the card to sit right down.
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a b U Graphics card
September 14, 2009 12:27:15 AM

i have the same problem :fou: 
November 15, 2009 12:41:23 PM

Suprise Suprise, i have the same issue, and no one has a fix...

Go to install a new graphics card and i get no detection, no video output, nothing... Just bought a new one, and still nothing. Can't disable the onboard because the Acer Aspire M5641 sucks balls.

So do i just reformat? :pfff:  people need to make these damned things get along with eachother! my onboard is a bully!
November 15, 2009 12:46:54 PM

Nils said:
I guess it might be under advanced chipset features, but to be sure, just look through your entire bios and take a look at all the SETTINGS you have for every option in your bios. Look for a setting called PCIE or something like that.
If you don't find it, return to windows and see if you can UNINSTALL the integrated graphics. Maybe look at 'Add or remove programs' window in control panel for the original drivers and get rid of them. Be careful not to erase any drivers that belong to your mobo.


There is no option in BIOS, because people fail at life and suck at making computer hardware.

Secondly, i went to uninstall the onboard, and it reinstalled on restart... you disable it and it re-enables....

All the while ignoring the massive monster that my GeForce 250GTS is...

Why couldn't it just work for once, damn computer is nothing but a heap of very expensive ***.
November 15, 2009 12:50:58 PM

MRSMO said:
I just bought a new 8800GT for my computer (A Gateway GT5228 with an integrated GeForce 6100 chip) and a new power supply. Installing the actual hardware into my case was a breeze but when I put in the CD to install the drivers for the graphics card it would give me a message along the lines of "Could not find any compatible hardware, installation will now exit" In the box came an orange note directed towards people like me with integrated graphics chips that told me to disable the integrated graphics through the BIOS and activate the PCI slot through an option called "Primary Display Adapter". There is no such option on my BIOS menu, the manual doesn't say a thing about it and the company's tech support doesn't help all too much. I've already tried to disable the 6100 through Windows device manager but the installation disc still sees the 6100 there and not 8800Gt that I know I put in the right slot (and connected directly to the new power supply). Is anybody familiar with this BIOS menu? Can anybody tell me which option disables the onboard graphics and activates the PCI-E slot? I'm fairly new to hardware installation and the last thing I want to do is spend hours trying an option in BIOS, restarting seeing that it does nothing repeating that for hours and hours and finally breaking my computer because I disabled the wrong thing.


Ever find a fix for this issue? if you have PLEASE indulge me :D  im having the same issue, just with better cards... wanna go slap some sense into my computer, messing with me!? :non: 
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2013 1:29:19 PM

I just searched this subject for Acer/ Gateway computers. It seems even though Acer includes a PCI-E slot for upgrades it is somehow disabled and no add-in card can be detected or used. It powers the card and all seems to work,but check the display, nothing. add new hardware...no detection whatsoever, device manager, not shown. Ok. Well this doesn't make much sense. The E-Machines ET 1331G-03 I bought in December 2009 is running a BFG GTS 250 OC. It was happy to have it. This was before Acer acquired them though, so I suppose the Acer is all proprietary now..leaving us no upgrade options for their brands.
August 11, 2013 5:54:02 PM

i have the same problem i bought a new xfx 7770 with a 600w psu and i have the exact same problem...I have an hp pavilion p7 1534 with a MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine) motherboard...
a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2013 6:22:14 PM

JJMoore said:
i have the same problem i bought a new xfx 7770 with a 600w psu and i have the exact same problem...I have an hp pavilion p7 1534 with a MSI MS-7778 (Jasmine) motherboard...

I'm not sure if you know this or not but HP is now part of the Acer family of brands. I found this out as I was searching information.. and found that Emachines brand was discontinued in 2013 and that Acer was concentrating on the Gateway and HP brands for its consumer products.

May 27, 2014 7:05:10 AM

magneezo said:
I just searched this subject for Acer/ Gateway computers. It seems even though Acer includes a PCI-E slot for upgrades it is somehow disabled and no add-in card can be detected or used. It powers the card and all seems to work,but check the display, nothing. add new hardware...no detection whatsoever, device manager, not shown. Ok. Well this doesn't make much sense. The E-Machines ET 1331G-03 I bought in December 2009 is running a BFG GTS 250 OC. It was happy to have it. This was before Acer acquired them though, so I suppose the Acer is all proprietary now..leaving us no upgrade options for their brands.


Does that include LENOVO?
a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2014 1:21:08 PM

snipe123 said:
magneezo said:
I just searched this subject for Acer/ Gateway computers. It seems even though Acer includes a PCI-E slot for upgrades it is somehow disabled and no add-in card can be detected or used. It powers the card and all seems to work,but check the display, nothing. add new hardware...no detection whatsoever, device manager, not shown. Ok. Well this doesn't make much sense. The E-Machines ET 1331G-03 I bought in December 2009 is running a BFG GTS 250 OC. It was happy to have it. This was before Acer acquired them though, so I suppose the Acer is all proprietary now..leaving us no upgrade options for their brands.


Does that include LENOVO?

Depends on the computer itself. Where it wouldn't work on a small SX Gateway like mine
the larger Gateway DX model has no issue. .
If the Lenovo is Full size with ample power
...or Can Be Upgraded...
by all means go for it.
Keep Your receipt(s)
Be prepared

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