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Graphics Card used as Secondary?

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February 27, 2013 8:30:52 PM

Okay so I tryed out another graphics card, installed the drivers for it, didn't like it so I gave it back. I put in my older card and now it shows up as a detected hidden device that is used as secondary. Looking further into it, the computer is using the onboard chip(Microsoft Basic Display Adapter) over the graphics card chip. I have noticed a big difference over quality of simple games whenever it no longer uses the card's chip. I have even noticed a difference in simply closing windows when I never had the problem before.
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February 27, 2013 8:38:20 PM

First, make sure the monitor is plugged in to the graphics card, not the mobo.
Uninstall ALL the graphics card drivers. You may need to use a program like CCLEANER to make sure all traces are gone.
Go into your machine's BIOS and set the graphics priority; make sure it is "PEG" or "PCI Express".
Boot up the PC, and make sure you're getting video (Windows will use generic drivers). Then re-install the drivers for the card you are using.
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February 27, 2013 8:42:23 PM

There are only two settings in bios: Auto and Onboard/PCI. It is currently on auto. It is a dell computer so very limited bios, also the fact that the board is BTX so I can find no cases for it. I will try your suggestion but I remember that it was difficult to get an ATI Radeon x1500 to actually work on windows 8. Had to use a method in some forums that used a program called Mobility Modder which fixed it.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 10:13:37 PM

Hmmm. At the least, make sure the monitor is plugged into the graphics card.
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