atmuris
1 Nickel

Re: Disabling onboard video and upgrading video card on Dell PowerEdge 1950 server

SKYLARKING,

My case, BIOS does not allow me to disable the on-board graphics card. Is there way to enable the PCIe graphics card at all?

Thanks

Satish

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skylarking
3 Zinc

Re: Disabling onboard video and upgrading video card on Dell PowerEdge 1950 server

Atmuris, the problems you are having remind me of the old days of DOS and the associated IRQ, IO and memory conflicts one would get with adding cards to the motherboards of old.

Modern OS's and their 'Plug and Play' features have come a long way in resolving such frustrating conflicts but unfortunately these have been replaced in part with vendors that remove worthwhile end user features (like disabling on board functions via BIOS) for their own reasons and abstraction of add on card technical details as it is no longer needed. Such vendor actions coupled with frustrating licensing issues for multiple graphics cards has results in other conflicts that you are now experiencing and which we hackers can very much do without.

This is likely why you have such issues and why so many say that its a hit an miss affair and suggest you go try another graphics card.

Now assuming your using Windows7, all i can suggest is look at your system and try to determine what if any issues the system sees as problematic. Go to <Control Panel> then <Administrative Tools>  and start <System Configuration>. From <System Configuration> go to the <Tools> tab and here you are presented with a number of useful utilities. Launch <System Information> where you can see details under <Hardware Resources> like <Conflicts/Sharing> <Forced Hardware>, <IO>,etc. Again from <System Configuration> you can also launch <Computer Management> and select <Device Manager> then by selecting the <Display Adapter> and right clicking <Properties> and checking the <Resources> tab, you should see similar information presented for that devices like IRQ, I/O and memory info. Install your (ATI based) PCIe graphics card making some effort to ensure the correct driver is installed for that card. Again check the above info for that adapter which the OS should see (but not utilize so have your monitor plugged into the on board graphics connector). You may notice some conflicts, forced hardware or other oddities that make it difficult for the PCIe graphics to function.

Remember since you can't disable the on board graphics (ATI ES1000), in effect you are trying to run 2 graphics cards on the system in an unintended CrossFire arrangement. More specifically, you may notice that you can't make use of both graphics cards from the Windows OS as the display driver will not allow CrossFire due to hardware incompatibilities or license issues so your stuck with the on board graphics as your primary grahics card. In this context you may need to hack your BIOS or grahics driver or both to achieve a forced CrossFire arrangement!

All in all, not much help but hopefully you will better understand the issues. My suggestion is read up as much as you can about hacking non compliant motherboards for ATI CrossFire. Google is your friend. Else you could move to Linux OS as BrianJT was able to configure Fedora to use the secondary video card for output (but i don't know how good the 3D drivers are on linux os's). Unfortunately windows does not allow similar (linux style) configurations to be done (closed source and all).

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buzzard1970
1 Copper

Re: Disabling onboard video and upgrading video card on Dell PowerEdge 1950 server

ok this seams hard but is quite easy after spending 2 days trying to work out i found it .

ok first remove the managemtn card once you do this the internal ati1000 will disabel if you plug in a pic x-1 video card in i used a quadro NVS290. and plug in the monitot to that card

it will now use it as the main and only card

now the system will go throgh the normal pre boot up stuff ram cards ect and then appear to hang ..

dont worrry just wait it will take about 5 minutes and then just boot perfectly ...

so if you can wait the 5 minutes its all good if you can then your out of luck ... also make sure you update your bios

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EricPatterson
1 Copper

Re: Disabling onboard video and upgrading video card on Dell PowerEdge 1950 server

Buzzard1970,

I am trying to get a NVS 300 pcx1 to work in my T100 and I am getting the infamous black screen after windows logo.  You mention removing the "managemtn card" but I have no idea what that is.  I tried to google that but I do not see any relevant definitions.  I do not have any other cards in the pci/pci express slots besides the new video card so maybe your suggestion is not may problem but I was trying to figure out all my possibilities.

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cyrylthewolf
1 Copper

Re: Disabling onboard video and upgrading video card on Dell PowerEdge 1950 server

He was referring to the DRAC5 Remote Management card. Think of it as a (rather large) network adapter that provides power-on/power-off and monitoring functionality over a remote connection. It also provides a Java-based VNC console for you to administrate the server as though you were sitting in front of it. (Even during hardware post.)

Why someone would remove this incredibly useful device for the sake of a graphics adapter is beyond me.

I myself am trying to figure out the best way to go about ADDING a PCIe graphics adapter. There are two available slots in the machine. They can only run at 8x max, however. (I don't believe that there is any real need to physically trim the interface as some hacks I've seen online would have you do. At least not as long as the card fits the slot.)

If I find a work-all option, I'll come back and post. But I'm not pressed to accomplish this as I'm using the Poweredge 1950 as a VMware ESX 5.1 host. Smiley Tongue 

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