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I'm trying to fix a broken PC. It's a cheap V-Box unit that has built-in video support, which is broken. At least, I'm assuming that's the problem as there's no image coming up on a working monitor.

I do have an old video card that I can install instead, but how do I disable the built-in video card if I can't get an image on the screen?

Any advice?
 

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I guess you missed the point where his built-in video isn't working, so he can't see to enter the BIOS setup. :)
 

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That problem can be quite a pain. Just because you can't see any image on the monitor, does not quite necisserily mean the card doesn't work. There is a possibility that something (could possibly be software) altered the bios, and disabled your default video card. Since there is no way to get into the bios in the first place since you can't see anything, there are other ways of enabling it again. First, take out the mem battery that is located on the motherboard. Keep it out for a few seconds, then put it back in. All bios settings should be reset. If not, there is jumper you can play around with (which is located on the motherboard, depending on what type of computer you havem it can be different places on the motherboard)..............That jumper can reset all hardware settings.

Or you can try what was mentioned above by trying to insert your other video card, and hope that your motherboard supports dual video input.

Let us know how it goes..........


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I am having the same problem as described in the thread. I was wondering if when you take out the battery if all saved information is lost? Is there anyway of disabling the video card if you determine that it is definitely broken?
 

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Robman, most motherboards will automatically detect a video card upon POST and send the signal to card. Upon post you need to enter the BIOS (usually by hitting Delete on your keyboard) and disabling the onboard graphics. That said it's a good idea to to clear the CMOS anyway when you have a no POST issue.

To Clear CMOS:
Remove the side cover and touch the bare metal of the case to discharge any static electricity built up in your body.
Unplug the PC from the wall.
Remove the coin like battery from the motherboard. Leave it out 5-10 mins to allow stored energy in the caps to drain then reinstall.
Upon starting your PC enter bios and load setup defaults, save and exit.


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Hello and Welcome to TSF.
Please start your own thread and we'll be glad to address your issues in that thread. It to confusing to try and help multiple users in the same thread.
 
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