Does it need any kind of power supply and normaly graphics cards have a small Plug and Play factor so you can turn your computer on and install the drivers, the BIOS shouldnt do anything so dont bother with that, also what colour are the lines and what do they do?
I have a Sony Vaio PCV-RS620G, running Windows XP and with 1.5 gigs of ram. I wanted to update the stock graphics card (ATI Radeon 9200), so I bought an ATI Radeon X1600 Pro.
Before installing it, I uninstalled the old graphics card driver and related software. I didn't change any BIOS settings (at that time, I didn't even think about it), but I did make sure that I had the most updated driver for my motherboard-to-AGP device (I think that's what it's called...). I shut down, took out the old driver and put the new one in (I think it's properly seated), and turned the computer back on. However, all that my monitor displays as the computer is booting up is a screen full of long, vertical, colorful lines. I can hear the computer doing its normal booting-up stuff and there are no weird beeps or sounds, but the monitor doesn't show anything but the long, colorful lines. I tried to boot up in Safe Mode, but again, I couldn't tell if it worked. I took the new graphics card out and put my old one back in, and the monitor worked fine.
Is there anything else that I should have done before installing the new card, i.e. changing the BIOS settings? If so, which ones? Could it be a bad card? Or something completely different?
Thank you so much for any help and advice!