So that PNY GeForce 8400 GS PCI card arrived today. I should add that I've been working with computers since 1971, so I know just enough to be dangerous. But I do know how to swap out cards. However, it didn't work as well as it should have. Actually, it didn't work at all.
First, I went into BIOS and made sure the display was set to AUTO. It's either AUTO or ONBOARD, and I figured AUTO meant search for an active device and use it. But that's not necessarily so.
Anyway, I saved the change in BIOS and shut down the machine, added the card into the top PCI slot and rebooted. The monitor worked in DOS just fine and even displayed the Windows bootup screen. After that it was black. I shut the machine down and moved the card to the middle PCI slot. No change. Did it all over and moved the card to the bottom PCI slot. No change.
So I yanked the card and restored everything to the way it was.
Then I found you guys with a Google search.
After reading some of the much earlier posts on this issue I saw where one fellow installed the card but left the monitor cable connected to the onboard graphics connector, got into Windows, installed the drivers, disabled the onboard graphics drivers, rebooted, went into BIOS and disabled the onboard graphics, etc, etc, etc.
But this machine wouldn't boot into Windows with the PCI card installed even when it wasn't connected to anything. Am I in deep yogurt here, or what?