Having problems with your Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop ?

Pc powers up but no video on screen

\015 I am using original built in video card,it,s about 5 years old now,,,,do you think by me replacing it with a new video card (to the pci port)an not use the built in one ,question is do i need to go in bios to turn external on for video,i do not remember if it had that option\015

Answers :

When you put in a pci card it will turn on its self
It's a tough call. Thing is if the on board video has left for parts unknown how many other members of the motherboard gang has gone with it. And, yes I do believe you need to access the bios in order to switch from the on-board video to the add-on. Although it may also be possible to do it via the motherboard jumpers. You will need to crack your case and using a magnifying glass check all the printing on the board. You are looking for JP1, JP2 and so on. If it can be done with jumpers it will be labeled somewhere on the board. You just have to find it. Before you change anything you should first reset the bios via the bios jumper. This is normally located near the battery. Turn the power off, there will be a plastic jumper plug and tree prongs. Remove the jumper from jumper 1 and 2, then replace it on 2 and 3. Now remove it again and replace back on 1 and 2. Do this without turning the power on. This will reset the bios to factory settings which is a good place to start for trouble shooting. The next thing to check is what do you hear when you boot the system? Do you hear all the normal things? Fans, hard-drives, floppy if installed. If you do then before you think about a video card you may want to check the monitor cable. I have seen a lot of video card problems caused by a bad monitor cable. Try your cable on another computer or borrow one from someone else and try it on yours. If it checks out ok then you may as well flip a coin when deciding whether or not to try a new card. You might find a computer show and find a deal on one. There is also a chance that even without changing the bios or jumpers that the computer will recognize the new video card.
You need to ask yourself is it worth the investment? If it still does not work can I use the card in a new computer? For example you may need a pci card for this but newer systems are going to be pci-express.
All I can say for sure is 5 years is ancient for a computer.
Hope this helps and good luck.
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