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The BIOS and XP do not seem to recognize new PCI expansion cards when

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September 13, 2009 1:40:26 PM

HARDWARE, COMPONENTS AND SOFTWARE:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 710
Revision: C2 Stepping
Speed: 2.6 Ghz
Socket AM2
Supported Voltage 1.5 v
External Clock 200 MHz
Max Speed 3700 MHz
Current Speed 2600 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Product Name: M3N72-D
Version: 1.XX
http://reviews.cnet.com/motherboards/asus-m3n72-d-mothe...

Power Supply: Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOS
Vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
BIOS Version: ASUS M3N72-D ACPI BIOS Revision 0603
BIOS Release Date: 12/09/2008
BIOS ROM Size: 1024 KBytes

RAM: 4 GB (XP reports only 3.5 GB but I read that this misreporting is expected for 32 bit machines)
Socket Designation DIMM_A1
Current Speed 800 MHz
Memory Type DDR2

Front Media Panel: Silverstone FP-34
http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?p...

Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter 2.5"/3.5"/5.25"
http://www.vantecusa.com/front/product/view_detail/266

Windows XP with Service Pack 3

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HISTORY:

The hardware-components listed above were purchased individually and assembled by me in August of 2009 with the help and direct supervision of a friend who works in IT and builds several computers per month.

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The BIOS and XP do not seem to recognize new PCI expansion cards when they are installed. I installed three different Soundblaster cards (CT4830, SB0200 and an Audigy) and two identical SATA/RAID cards. BIOS had no listing for any of them, and XP didn't give me an "Add New Hardware" wizard during any of the trials. I realize now that the BIOS might not have recognized the Soundblasters because it is set to use the motherboard's on-board sound system, but I believe that XP should have noticed that new sound cards were there. The SATA/RAID cards (manufacturer is unknown) might have their own on-board BIOS but I believe that the presence of the cards should have been noticed by XP. All of the test-cards were installed into the same white PCI_2 slot, because the white PCI_1 slot is nearly covered by the fan & heatsink on the video card that is installed in the blue PCI Express 2.0 x16_1 slot above.

How do I force BIOS, XP, and the ASUS M3N72-D Motherboard to notice new PCI cards when they are installed?
September 13, 2009 7:40:47 PM

First of all update the bios.


When you view system device manager, do you see any Exclamations mark on any devices ?



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if you want use pci sound card, Onboard sound must be disabled , else you will get conflicits.
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September 13, 2009 8:24:03 PM

Expect trouble getting soundblaster cards installed. What driver did you try and install?
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September 13, 2009 10:23:45 PM

ibnsina said:
First of all update the bios.


My friend said that he updated the BIOS.


When you view system device manager, do you see any Exclamations mark on any devices ?


No Exclamations marks on any devices.


if you want use pci sound card, Onboard sound must be disabled , else you will get conflicits.



Actually, I'm okay with using the onboard sound system. I only installed the PCI cards to see if the BIOS and OS would notice the new hardware.
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September 13, 2009 10:28:03 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Expect trouble getting soundblaster cards installed. What driver did you try and install?



I simply downloaded drivers for the three Soundblaster cards from the Internet. One came from Creative, and the other two came from driver websites and I don't recall which ones. To be honest, I am okay with using the onboard sound system. I only installed the Soundblaster cards to see if the new hardware would get noticed.
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September 14, 2009 3:21:06 AM

"XP reports only 3.5 GB but I read that this misreporting is expected for 32 bit machines"...Not a MISREPORT, other hardware using memory, ie, VIDEO CARD memory is counted against the 4 Gig total...

"The SATA/RAID cards (manufacturer is unknown)"

Gee, lets use hardware we know NOTHING about... How do you expect the rest of us figure out your stupidity when you don't know what you are doing?
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