04-07-2010 05:48 AM
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.
04-07-2010 06:04 PM
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.
04-08-2010 01:49 PM
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!
04-08-2010 03:43 PM
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.
04-22-2010 08:36 AM
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.
04-22-2010 08:38 AM
04-22-2010 10:31 AM
04-22-2010 07:16 PM
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.