I recently had my PCI express video card die on me and am trying to install a PCI video card to replace it. I have a Geforce 8400 GS that I got from a friend for dirt cheap and thought it would make a quick fix until I get the money to upgrade to a nice new pci express card. Now the problem is when I install the pci card into my computer i get nothing but a black screen and a beep and everything else seems to be running(fans and such) including the pci graphics card. Is my motherboard stuck on pci express as my primary video interface, i know the card works I put it in my wifes computer to make sure. Any advice would be appreciated.
yeah, I reset the cmos and still got nothing, though with a pci-express card in it works fine, friend just brough his over and it works no problem, wondering if there is a bios setting or something that I can change to make it recognize the pci card.
what is the new card you are installing? and what motherboard is it going in to?
the first obvious things are to make sure your video cable is plugged into the card itself (not the regular onboard video card) and to make sure your PSU is up to the task (though if everything else is running, this shouldn't be the issue)
i know these things are obvious, but many people miss the simple problems.
In the BIOS under the 'Chipset' tab go to the primary display option and try playing with the options there.
Okay, solved the problem. After messing with the settings in the display options of the BIOS I found out that I had to disable UMA on the motherboard for it to allow the PCI card to be recognized. Thanks for all of your help guys, I really appreciate it.