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new graphics card, no start menu


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wrongopinions

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Hey,
I was installing a new graphics card for my brother, and I ran into a snag. I have a pentium 4, 768mb ram, windows xp home, HP desktop. He wanted a frame rate over 12 fps for WOW (dont blame him). So we got a 3D fuzion nvidia fx geforce 5500 (pci).
I installed it no problem, the installation cd picks up fine... only issue is it does not display a start menu. I put the vga back into the onboard video card and it displays the start menu there. I boot into safe mode with the new graphics card as the video out and the start menu appears there as well.
I tried going into control panel and opening up the start menu controls....but it wont even open that window for some odd reason.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

-paul

edit: I never uninstalled "intel extreme graphics driver" for the onboard card... i dont think i have to... right?

Edited by wrongopinions, 09 August 2007 - 11:11 AM.

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Hi wrongopinions...

Some BIOS versions have a setting for initial boot video. Look in your BIOS settings for this and set it so that it looks to PCI for the video rather than the onboard.

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I already set the bios to read the pci card first... i get a picture no problem, and running games is smooth

just my start menu and task bar wont show up in windows when I use the pci card and I cant seem to tell windows to put it back
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SOLUTION

this was my stupidity at work... I had it set to run dual monitors, thus the taskbar would be on the fictional second monitor while the icons were all on the one I was viewing....

... i was getting mad too, you would think if you can get graphics up and running with linux, windows should be no problem

thanks for your help though
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Oh yeah! That would have been my next suggestion..... :whistling:

Glad you got that figured out. :blink:
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