porka
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Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

Hello

Im hoping someone out there can help solve my issue, I have a poweredge 2950 running win7sp1 x64 and have added an HIS HD4550 (Ati Raedon based card). As far as windows is concerned the drivers install ok however nothing is ever detected as being connected to the card (Im only really interested in the hdmi connector but a vga monitor was connected as well). Doing a bit of researching on the net most people suggest turning off the onboard ati es1000 card however on a 2950 unless im mistaken you cant actually do this ? Now before anyone says this config isnt possible, when I first put the card in the server it had a copy of server 2003 running on it and just for a laugh I installed the drivers and was able to output to the HDMI without any problem, so of all operating systems server 2003 worked funnily enough. The box is inteded as being a media server running win media centre. I have updated the bios to the newest version and have the newest ati drivers running. So has anyone out there done anything like this with a 2950 or have any advice on how to get it to work ?

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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

You are correct, the ideal situation would be to disable the integrated video adapter, which would eliminate conflicts between the two. But with the 2950 there is not a way to disable the integrated video adapter. So this is going to result in varying conflicts and  issues.

I did some searching and found some other forum posts, with people trying to do the same or similar thing as you. Each one seemed to run into very similar issues with no clear solution.

Here are some links to information I found:

forums.mydigitallife.info/.../4540-Help-Needed-Dell-PE-2950-video-card

en.community.dell.com/.../19936275.aspx

en.community.dell.com/.../19705496.aspx

en.community.dell.com/.../19467625.aspx

en.community.dell.com/.../17556095.aspx

I hope some of this information will help guide in what decision/ next step to take.

Let us know how things work out.

Thanks.

Daniel Covey
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

just out of curiosity, do you have any bangs in Device Mangler?

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porka
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

When you say bangs im guessing you mean yellow warnings, if so no, all devices install without issue

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FreeFrag
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

Hi Porka

Were you able to resolve the issue as I have the same problem with a poweredge 1950 but can't find a resolution online?

Thanks

FreeFrag

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porka
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

Nope, thus far no resolution, however I suspect its the motherboard bios dell is using for the server that is stopping us doing what we are trying

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timbracewell
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

Have you taken  the management card out or unplugged it most video cards are incompatible with it. here is a link to help you hopefully.

http://www.shoalresearch.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62:adding-a-graphics-card-...

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timchege
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

Hello Porka,

I am foreseeing myself experiencing the same issue as I am to add a Quadro NVS PCIe x1 card to my PE-2950 soon and later a FX100 Remote Host Card. I therefore ask; Were you able to find a solution to your problem of the Card not being recognised due to BIOS limitations? Your response would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks ~ Tim

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porka
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

Hi Tim

In the end I used a different base server (R710) since no one had a solution, although the web link posted about removing the idrac card sounded promising but I never got around to trying it since I had abandoned the idea. Good luck

 

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timchege
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Re: Poweredge 2950 dual video cards

Hi Porka,

Thanks for the quick reply. I will keep looking, if I find no solution I'll contact Dell Support as a last resort. Thanks again.

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