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Problems with using a PCI graphics card in a PCI-express?

by mkhachfe / February 10, 2007 8:27 AM PST

Hi all,

I have a small problem. I have an old Matrox Parhelia 256Mb PCI card that i need to use on a job I'm doing. The problem is that when put the card in the PCI socket and of course removed my AGP and PCI-express ones (im trying it in two machines), the computer recognises the card as just being a standard vga card and when i try to install the matrox drivers it refuses to find any Matrox card on my system. I know that the card is working as i also tried it in my Win64 system and the drivers installed ok, but the WYSIWYG drivers dont!

I have tried many versions of the drivers and software to no avail.

So my question is this: Is there something special i need to do in the bios or wherever to get the machine to use the pci card or should it be automatic? I have updated all drivers and bios for my machine and cards.

The systems i am trying it on are

1 x Win XP PRO SP2 Dell Precision 530 AGP x8, 1.5GB

the other is Win XP PRO SP2 Dell SP14200 PCI-express x16, 1GB

The matrox installation will NOT detect the card in these systems, but will detect it in my third system.

The machine that it seemed to work on was a Dell Precision 630, Win XP64, 3GB

Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Maybe someone has come across this problem?



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Wait, how do you manage to put a pci card into a ...
by ahtoi / February 10, 2007 10:56 AM PST

pci-express connector?

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by mkhachfe / February 10, 2007 11:38 PM PST

Pci-express connector? Do those even exist? No, i just put it in one of the 3 pci slots on my motherboard...

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by linkit / February 11, 2007 2:48 AM PST
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There are three common types of video cards:

PCI Express X16

Each type of card requires a motherboard slot of the same type. If the motherboard doesn't have a PCI Express X16 slot, then you can't use a PCI Express X16 video card.

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Just noting a recent fix for such.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2007 3:12 AM PST

The video card was not being identified until we install a motherboard chipset package. Try that.


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sorry, i think there is a misunderstanding here....
by mkhachfe / February 11, 2007 8:50 AM PST

Hi bob,

What do you mean by motherboard chipset package? Do you mean a different motherboard? Can you elaborate any more?

Linkit- i think you misread my question. I know about agp/pci-express and pci. The card im trying to get to work is a pci card in an agp and pci-express motherboard.

Thanks for the replies

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Sorry, I didn't write it well.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2007 10:09 AM PST

The card was not identified by the OS or drivers until we installed the motherboard chipset drivers. These are not supplied by Microsoft. If you want, look up the motherboard chipset on your system (dell documents it) and then use google.com to find it at intel.com if it's an intel chipset.


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by mkhachfe / February 11, 2007 5:44 PM PST

Great, i will try that today and let you know.

Thank you.


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