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I am a little old granny living in FL -- I don't play the latest games and I just need a video card that will support my Hanns G monitor. I am using WinXP Home and do a lot of photo editing. I don't think I need an expensive gaming card but I do want something that will be adequate for photo editing and website building.

ATI Radeon 7500 (Currently)
Via KT600 VT 8237Epox 8KRAI-X MB
2 gb crucial Memory
Athalon XP 2800+

The monitor gives me a message: Check Video Cables - No Connection. This usually happens when the screen is going to rest mode. The other thing it does is when I go to the desktop from Internet Explorer or from control panel, the icons take a long time to be drawn. Does this mean I have a bad card or is my icon cache too small or what?

I have Nvidia 6200 AGP card to install. Will the work Nvidia better than the ATI -- provided I can get it to be recognized? My current setting in Bios is PCI 1st than AGP. Do I need to change the setting in Bios to AGP 1st or should the bios detect the setting for me automatically when it finds the card?

The last time I tried to install the Nvidia card the screen went crazy since I had uninstalled the ATI drivers. I shut the computer down before the new drivers were installed for Nvidia from my disk because I didn't want to damage my screen.

How should I approach this? I have read the excellent articles about Video cards and they have been very helpful in helping me recognize the correct slots on my board, but I am still confused. I'll be greatful for all help :)
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Have these problems been consistent since you tried to install the Nvidia card? Or were they occuring before that. My first suggestion would be to completely re-install your ATi drivers.
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The problems with ATI occurred before I tried to install the Nvidia card. I had to completely reinstall the ATI drivers after I removed the Nvidia card. Before I installed the Nvidia card I removed the ATI drivers via the Add/Remove. I shut down the computer and installed the Nvidia hardware. Restarted the computer and the screen was bizzare! Couldn't install Nvidia drivers from the disk because I couldn't read the screen. I shut down the computer, unintalled the Nvidia card and reinstalled the Ati card and drivers. I am having the problem with the icons not drawing completely and taking a lot of time to complete at startup. Otherwise the screen is doing pretty well.
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Just to confirm my understanding you did these steps.

1. Uninstalled ATi drivers.
2. Shutdown and removed ATi card.
3. Installed Nvidia card.
4. Booted up to a bizarre screen and could not install Nvidia drivers.
5. Un-did everything and went back to ATi card/drivers.

Is this correct?
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Correct.

If there is nothing wrong with the Ati card, I am not really excited about changing the card again. My only concern is that from time to time I get a message on my screen that says No Cable Connected. Check all cables. That makes me think maybe the ATI card is failing.
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I would also tend to believe the card is failing (though it could be the cable, have you tried using a different connection or a different display?). Also did you purchase the vvidia card new?
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The Nvidia card is new and has never been installed e4xcept for my failed effort.

I had a Samsung monitor connected several months ago...no problems.

I don't have a different connector unless I destroy my other computer which is actually working right now.
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Ha. I do not believe it will destroy your other computer - but that is ok.

Have we tried just re-installing or updating the ATi driver?
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First I re-installed the ati driver from the disk that came with the card.

I checked Ati's site for a driver update and the most current one for the card on the site is version 6.11 (I think it is 6.11) anyway it has not been updated in a number of years. So, I have the most current version. I believe I even contacted their support and asked if there was a newer driver available and they said no...
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Is the card under warranty still?
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The Nvidia card?

I bought it on the internet somewhere...have no idea where. I have had it for several months. My Dad and I are always tinkering with computers and this is just a spare we happened to have around.

I can take it to his house and we can try it on one of his computers...that way mine will be safe.
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