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Windows 7: Install a new video card for a failing onboard video connection

24 Jul 2016   #11
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

OK. I just found the manual at the MSI website. To set up your motherboard to use an add-in GPU, you want to get to the "Advanced BIOS Features" screen in BIOS and set the "Primary Graphics Adapter" setting to "PCI-E". Then save and exit.

This is the screen you want. The relevant setting is outlined in red:

Install a new video card for a failing onboard video connection-graphics-adapter.png

You'll have to switch your monitor cable over to the Nvidia card, obviously. Then you can reboot, install the drivers and be good to go.




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24 Jul 2016   #12
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You should not have to change anything in the bios, just install the card, then download the proper drivers from nvidia and install them, that`s it.

Visual Computing Leadership from NVIDIA
This is not the case on all motherboards. Some motherboards really do need the onboard VGA to be disabled
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24 Jul 2016   #13
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Weird my Acer is on auto and works
Board and bios from 2009
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24 Jul 2016   #14
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Weird my Acer is on auto and works
Board and bios from 2009
Same with my pre-built PC that I had (HP a6540d) with MS-7525 with a BIOS from 2008.
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24 Jul 2016   #15
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I will have to catch up on the messages here. Some did not have mail alerts that I saw.
I will make a report when I do something more on this. Since the system has become erratic,
I leave it on and don't try to restart. I put on a different restart switch too which was doable because my system is open, bench- style and I just changed the push on/off switch which goes to a case.

And soft restart doesn't play nice either.

I asked about this as a Win 7 subject since the card got as far as a Win7 blue screen.

Before that just nothing without several tries to restart. The rest of everything powers up.
But it's not until I hear the monitor click that the POST will continue.

Maybe these details will help. I appreciate the time and replies to this hardware
question.
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25 Jul 2016   #16
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
OK. I just found the manual at the MSI website. To set up your motherboard to use an add-in GPU, you want to get to the "Advanced BIOS Features" screen in BIOS and set the "Primary Graphics Adapter" setting to "PCI-E". Then save and exit.

This is the screen you want. The relevant setting is outlined in red:

Attachment 389908

You'll have to switch your monitor cable over to the Nvidia card, obviously. Then you can reboot, install the drivers and be good to go.

This detail is appreciated.

Does "VGA share memory" on the same screen need anything done with it?

I'm printing out the relevant manual page but the options are not even shown in that.

As an example I went in to the BIOS on another machine and that just offered the
selection of PCIe or PCI. The replacement card is a PCIe.


To review then

At shut down, turn off power, unplug, Put the new card in, power up, hope to get to the BIOS screen, make the selection and then boot from dvd drive to get the Nvidia driver?

Crimeny. :-)


I'll report back when I do the actual operation.
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25 Jul 2016   #17
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yea I ended up taking a snap shot to so you might compare settings
Mine are all default
I have a 4gb gtx 980 hybrid on it.
Install a new video card for a failing onboard video connection-acer-bios-advanced-chipset-features-2.jpg


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25 Jul 2016   #18
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

You shouldn't have to boot from the CD drive to get the driver. You can just boot normally and then go to the CD to install your driver.

Alternatively, you can probably get a newer driver from here:

Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

And you can just leave VGA Shared Memory as it is.
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25 Jul 2016   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you have to first boot into windows before you can get the drivers off the cd.

But you should download the latest driver from Welcome to NVIDIA - World Leader in Visual Computing Technologies

As already suggested in post #6 and #18
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25 Jul 2016   #20
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

On drivers, since I got this add-in as a hand me down, I'm going to think that Nvidia can read the card and supply the right driver.

I have one Nvidia machine (also with onboard video) and as old at that is (6 years or so)
the driver available was from 2013. It installed ok on that system.

I'm going to assume the same applies to this one when/ if I get to the Win7
which, like I said, was a problem. I think I have asked all the possible questions now.

And thanks for straightening me out on the driver issue. I may have been confusing
bootable cds with non bootable cd discs.



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