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January 27, 2011 3:34:02 PM

Hello, I am building a new system and I have a few questions. The motherboard I'm using doesn't have on board graphics, so how can I get into bios to make sure everything is working before I install the OS? The parts I'm using are:

AMD Athlon II x3 445 CPU
Asus M4A87TD/USB3 motherboard
GIGABYTE GV-R577UD-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB GPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) RAM
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB Hard Drive
LG Supermulti dvd burner

Could I load the drivers for the graphics card from the cd it comes with? Is there some other way of getting it to work? Or should i just drop my Windows DVD in and hope for the best?

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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 7:36:51 PM

you can put the cd right in, the comp will still read the card and use it on a really small resolution. but it can still read and display through the graphics card without the drivers pre-installed.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 7:41:48 PM

As opexx said, it will still be able to display, usually at a very small resolution, like 800x600. After you get windows installed then you can install the GPU drivers.
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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 7:48:12 PM

Helltech said:
As opexx said, it will still be able to display, usually at a very small resolution, like 800x600. After you get windows installed then you can install the GPU drivers.

more likely 640x480 :cry: 
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a c 153 U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 7:52:05 PM

clarkjd said:
more likely 640x480 :cry: 


Yeah you're probably right, I don't even pay attention I just wait for windows to install and the GPU drivers are the first thing I get on there, XD.
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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 8:07:51 PM

I think it used to be 640x480 up to WinXP, then from Vista and up it's 800x600 (maybe even from the later XP SP).
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a b U Graphics card
January 27, 2011 8:54:18 PM

clarkjd said:
more likely 640x480 :cry: 


as just stated, vista and win7 will display at 800x600, not 640x480.
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January 28, 2011 3:02:58 AM

Thanks for the advice everyone, but I guess I wasn't very clear when I first asked my question. I already knew that windows would install some drivers so the card would work. What I'm looking to do is use the graphics card to change some settings in bios BEFORE I install windows. Is there anyway I can do this?
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 3:05:36 AM

What reason do you have for needing to change bios settings before installing windows? Anyways, try spamming f2, f8, and f10 until bios comes up after hitting start on the pc.
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2011 11:10:08 AM

Any video card will be able to display BIOS and POST screen without any drivers as those screens load before the OS does anyway.
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February 3, 2011 11:16:24 PM

Best answer selected by tcarveth.
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