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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 2012-04-28, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
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Video card and extended display help

Ok, so a coworker bought a new video card and monitor

We installed the vid card and plugged in the monitor and nada.

Once the video card is snapped into place, the onboard stops working; switching the monitors from plug to plug, one screen is black and the one in the new vid card slot displays and in the control panel, the only one acknowledged is the one in the new slot. There is a second one "acknowledged" but it is more the vid card itself

Unsure about his mobo; he has no splash screen with bios info or anything.

Specs dealing with are:

Compaq 8200 elite cmt pc

System bios J01 v02.06


Version 2.10.1208

American Megatrends

ZOTAC ZT-20203-10L GeForce GT 220 Synergy Edition Video Card - 1024MB, GDDR2, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, DirectX 10.1, Single-Slot

ACER G185H VB 18.5IN 1366x768 VGA MONITOR
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 2012-04-28, 08:22 AM
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The BIOS is most likely set to quiet boot and or display OEM boot up splash. You can still access the BIOS but you will need to know the Function key. A quick google tells me it is either F1 or F10.

While you are at that site I recommend you check out the latest BIOS as video issues are sometimes resolved via BIOS updates.

Once you are in the BIOS you will need to look for the video setting and see if you can switch it to BOTH (if possible).

You did not mention what bus the video cards are on. AGP, PCI, PCIE? That might have an impact on what you can do with them in the BIOS.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 2012-04-28, 12:01 PM
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It seems that one screen is on the on-board/on-CPU graphics processor, I would suggest that both screens are connected to the video card. In general BIOSses disable the on-board/on-CPU GPU when they detect a PCIe video card.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 2012-04-28, 01:04 PM
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Here's the PDF for the specs on the PC:

Page 23 says you should use F10 to access the BIOS setup.

Page 33 says you should be able to use on-board and add-on graphics simultaneously.

Small Form Factor and Tower systems can support greater than two monitors with the addition of an optional PCI Express discrete graphics card. Both the integrated graphics and PCIe discrete graphics can be utilized simultaneously.
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