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I hope I didn't mess this up, but I'm trying to install an old "PCI", (not PCIe), video card into a computer with onboard graphics.

First of all, I forgot to uninstall the onboard video drivers before I inserted this card and booted up the PC. I got all kinds of wierd lines all over the screen so I started all over and uninstalled the old drivers, then rebooted and I still get those same problems when I boot up (computer still works fine with the onboard video). So I decided to try it in a different PC, the correct way, and I still get those same artifacts. Could I have ruined the video card by not uninstalling the old drivers first time around??

This card was purchased brand new about a year ago by a friend that has never installed it. He just opened up the box and pulled out the video card to look at it a couple of times.
    
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By handling it inappropriately could damage it with static. Doubt that having not uninstalled the drivers would 'ruin' the card. Must be something physical on it thats wrong.
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no, you wouldn't have ruined the card. just uninstall the onboard drivers, put in the new card, install the card drivers and you should be fine.
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It could be the fan if it has one , blow out the dust on it...
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cgrado: He says he did that onto another rig and had the same problems, but he could not be getting updated drivers for the new card.
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Quote:
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cgrado: He says he did that onto another rig and had the same problems, but he could not be getting updated drivers for the new card.
no updated drivers would be a bad thing. i've heard of lines before though, i just can't remember the reason.
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no, you wouldn't have ruined the card. just uninstall the onboard drivers, put in the new card, install the card drivers and you should be fine.
I tried that on my 2nd PC, no luck. Either it's a bad card or my friend improperly handled it. I'm just glad that "I" didn't ruin it by not installing the drivers correctly the first time around.
    
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post #8 of 26
Lines...sounds familiar... o yea! I was working with my laptop once while it was running and I crossed a couple wires for the monitor and now I have vertical lines going a third of the way down my screen.
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I guess I should rephrase:

Before installing the card, I powered up my 2nd PC, uninstalled the nvidia video drivers, turned off the PC. I then restarted and setup my BIOS so it would read the PCI first for video. I turned it off, inserted the video card, powered it up and immediately got lines everywhere. I let it boot into windows and tried installing the new drivers, but the PC restarted itself. And that's where I'm at right now.

Edit: when I say new drivers I mean the drivers on the CD that came with the card.
    
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Have you tried putting it into a different slot? And are the lines have a pattern or are they just all over like one you would get with a bad OCed vc?
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