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Mehdi Anis
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HP DC5100 Desktop PC Using PCI Video w/Built In one

Hi,
I just bought an ATI Rage 128 VR 128VR 32 MB PCI 3D Video Graphics Card (eBay# 120490009190) and an HP 19" LCD to setup DUAL monitor for my PC.

When I plug in the PCI card, computer doesn't boot up. Both monitors are connected, none of them shows any pic/text. I get BEEP small pause BEEP small pause BEEP. If I take away the PCI card, computer starts fine on onboard vga.

I tested the video card in two other (non hp) machines with Giagabyte motherboard. It worked just fine.

Is it possible to use onboard video along with a PCI vga card and setup DUAL monitor? What I am doing worng?

I will appreciate a reply. Thank you.
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John Kirk
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Re: HP DC5100 Desktop PC Using PCI Video w/Built In one

Mehdi

I believe that you should be able to use onboard video with a PCI graphics card installed. Try installing the graphics card in the other PCI slot.

The other problem I see here is that this graphics card is a rather old model and there could be a PCI bus specification issue between the graphics card and the computer.

Hope this helps.

John K.
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Mehdi Anis
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John Kirk,
Thanks for your reply. I will try the other PCI slot. I think I already tried both. But I will still try both PCI slots.

The PCI VGA card I bought could be OLD from 2010, but not too old for the HP DC5100 SlimFormFactor desktop computer in question. I was thinking other way around, the VGA card is too new for this OLD machine!


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John Kirk
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Re: HP DC5100 Desktop PC Using PCI Video w/Built In one

Mehdi

The dc5100 is a late 2004 - 2005 computer design. The Rage 128 VR is a 1998 graphics chip design.

Is the Power light blinking? This would indicate an error code.

Hope this helps.

John K.
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Mehdi Anis
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I think you are right about OLD video card. I didn't know the video card is that old.

Yes the POWER LED blinks if the video card is present. It BEEPS 5 times with small paus, then it pauses couple of seconds or so, then 5 more beeps, and it continues that way.

Can you recommend a compatible VGA video card for this DC5100 SFF computer? I am looking for a low cost one, as browsing is needed on 2nd monitor. It's a business pc and no game is ever played.

I will appreciate if you can give me some model# or such so that I can get one from NewEgg, ebay or TigerDirect. I am not sure if HP sells one, but I don't want to pay cut throat prices.

Thank you.
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Mehdi Anis
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ONE MORE thing, if I go to BIOS using F10, ADVANE, Device Option, I Do Not See an option for using built in PCI VGA or disabling it. Does this option only appear when there are multiple video cards? OR Do I need a BIOS update?
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Ron Silver_1
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The error codes are shown on this doc. 5 beeps indicates a memory problem. http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00281918/c00281918.pdf
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Mehdi Anis
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To Ron:
I think it's "Power Red* 6 blinks, 1 second apart Defective or missing graphics". Probably I counted wrong, it was 6 beeps.

If memory was bad, it would beep without the PCI vga.

So, anyone suggest some vga card that will work on this pc?

I am confused, why PCI won't work in this PC. Has PCI standard changed over the time? How come then my other 2 machines with Gigabyte (Bought in last 2 years) can use the same PCI VGA Card? Strange.
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