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I have an onboard Geforce 6100 GPU and just installed a PCI old Matrox Millenium 2. Here's the deal. The first time i booted up, xp recognized the card and everything. Then using XP's display settings, I tried to enable to monitor. The computer then blue screened and i had to go into safe mode to remove the Matrox Adapter so It would be recognized again and so that I could boot again. It's now working but only because I changed in my bios so that the gpu in the pci would be used for booting and therefore the 1st monitor for xp. I've set the onboard gpu as the primary, but all this will do is change to it once the desktop loads up. While it works okay, I'd much rather have my computer boot up off the larger monitor as I frequently use other operating systems (Linux). What could be stopping the onboard gpu from acting as the first monitor for xp? Is there a way to tell XP what the Primary display adapter needs to be when both are installed?
 

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In the BIOS you should find the setting area to select which you want to boot with.

If you want to use the added in card, select that one.

Don't disable the other one> just look for a place to set which one is Primary

Depending on which key or keys your BIOS is reached with, the setting would be in Inegrated Peripherals or similar part of BIOS.

Once you do changes, you have to Save and Exit hitting whatever key does that function to have the changes stick.

Try the Delete key, or look for a message when you start up as to how to Enter Setup> thats the BIOS
 

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well that's how i've got it working. The crappy display adapter (only 4mb) is now being used to boot, as i've set it in the bios. What I want is the opposite. I want the better gpu (the onboard) to be used becuase i frequently use linux live cd's and want that better gpu to be used. When I try setting up the multiple monitors using the better gpu as the primary (set in the bios) it freezes up when I enable the second crappier display adapter and then blue screens. When I first boot up with the new pci card installed, xp recognizes it fine and sets up the drivers for it. It's (the crappy adapter) placed first when i look at the display adapters in the device manager, before trying to enable it. What's going on that I can't use the onboard gpu as the primary in windows, only as the secondary?
 

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Hi, Let's move this thread to the Hardware forum I think you will get a better chance at sorting this out and quicker!

The added card is automatically becoming the Primary adapter...

And, you want the onboard to remain Primary, and use a second monitor on the crappy PCI card, do I have that right? Read all of this page below: if this guy knows what he is talking about, it's just about the
best description I see> and you may only have to follow his steps and not bother with all the other stuff I posted down further.

http://groups.google.com/group/alt....ltiple+monitors&rnum=2&hl=en#5efba1f1aad18741 <<this one should get you going...

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/multimonitor.mspx

http://groups.google.com/group/micr...+in+video+card&rnum=29&hl=en#c897913472d7b1b6

From what I know, you'd set the adapters in Device Manager, the links I posted here have info about doing that....

I found something> seems if you are using two monitors they both must be set at the same resolution-

http://www.mediachance.com/free/multimon.htm

That page isn't the best written, it's pretty good with the how-to's if you can understand the way he writes.

Will look for better help....brb

http://realtimesoft.com/multimon/faq.asp

http://groups.google.com/group/alt....d+in+video+card&rnum=9&hl=en#c9c69ed75f3e53f3
 

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I'd consider a graphics card with dual monitor support. They can be had for $30-40 easily, and will install seamlessly. Trying to use on-board and expansion graphics can be an exercise in futility.
 

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still can't find what im looking for. You were right about what you were assuming...i want to have the good onboard video to be used as the boot display adapter but i can't do that because xp wants to use the installed pci card as the first one and it blue screens if i try to set it up the other way. I want to know if there's a way to tell xp that the onboard display adapter is the primary display adapter (not just the primary monitor in a multi-monitor setup)
 

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Not that I'm aware of. I only tried to do that once, and I figured it wasn't worth the trouble. :)
 
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