I read several sets of instructions before beginning, and I noticed quite a bit of variety in how to do it, which was quite confusing. I tried installing the drivers first from the nVidia site, but got the error message that there was no hardware to match up to the driver. I installed the card and tried again-still no hardware regognized.
I read somewhere that the integrated graphics had to be disabled and the PCI graphics enabled, so I thought maybe that was the problem. After many attempts to get into the BIOS at startup-DEL didn't work, ESC got me into a screen that gave me less than 5 seconds to do something before it loaded Windows, finally F2 got into the BIOS. I disabled the integrated graphics and enabled the PCI graphics and still no change.
I was going to swap the graphics card with the wireless card I had installed and which was working fine, when I realized the graphics card was not COMPLETELY snapped into place. When I did that and restarted the machine, it caught the new hardware, brought up a wizard and told me to insert the CD that came with the hasrdware to install the driver. When I did that the installation of the driver went about 50% and froze up. No response from mouse or key board, so I forced shut-down.
The next time I started the machine I had my wallpaper on the screen but no task bar or any desk top icons. I forced shut-down again, thinking I would try to get into BIOS at the next strartup to re-enable the integrated graphics, but now when I start the computer there is no signal at all to the monitor, just a black screen. I tried attaching the VGA cable to the new VGA output on the graphics card, but the result is the same. The monitor is idling with no signal. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
If you're wondering why I'm doing all this with this old machine, first of all the streets and roads are too bad, and too salty, to ride my motorcycle. Secondly we have some new computers running Windows7, and I was thinking maybe to install that on this machine and set up a work station in our finished room in the basement. It passed the Win7 upgrade tests except for graphics.
Larry aka Charliedog