How do I disable integrated/onboard graphics so my GeForce PCI card will work?

Answer ID 35
Published 10/04/2004 11:20 AM
Updated 05/09/2007 04:30 PM

How do I disable integrated/onboard graphics so my GeForce PCI card will work?

It is best to disable the onboard video electrically via a jumper or dip switch on your computers motherboard or in its system BIOS.  Please refer to your computers user guide or contact your computer manufacturer for instruction on this process.

In the event that your system does not support the above, you may be able to disable the onboard video card in the operating system using the instructions below.

Make sure that the new PCI video card is not installed in your computer.

Windows XP/2000

1. Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
2. Click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button.
3. Click View, and then Show Hidden Devices.
4. Click the Plus (+) sign next to the Display Adapters category to expand it.
5. Select the onboard graphics controller under Display Adapters and click Disable. Click OK to confirm.
6. Do not restart the computer until the controller is disabled.
7. Turn the computer off.

8. Install your PCI GeForce card and follow the included instructions from the card manufacturer.


Windows 98/Me

The following steps will first replace the onboard video drivers with standard VGA drivers:

1. Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
2. Click the Device Manager tab.
3. Click the Plus (+) sign next to the listing for Display Adapters.
4. Double-click the graphics controller under Display Adapters. A Properties window should appear.
5. Select the Driver tab and click Update Drivers. A Driver Update Wizard window should appear.
6. Click Next on the window that pops up.
7. Select Display a List of All Drivers and click Next.
8. Select the Show All Hardware option. Select Standard Display Types from the top of the Manufacturers window. Select Standard Display Adapter (VGA) and click Next. Do not restart the computer when asked to do so.
9. Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel.
10. Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel.
11. Locate any listing for the current video chip and double-click the Add/Remove button to remove it from the system.
12. Close all windows, and restart the computer when finished.

Disable the standard VGA driver:

1. Click Start, Settings, and Control Panel.
2. Double-click the System icon.
3. Click the Plus (+) sign next to the Display Adapter category to expand it.
4. Double-click Standard Display Adapter (VGA) to open the Properties window.
5. Remove the checkmark next to "Exists in all hardware profiles."
6. Click OK and close all windows.
7. Turn off the computer and install the new add in PCI GeForce based video card per the manufacturer's included instructions.

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