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Random restarts?

  1. #31


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    I would remove all the NVidia drivers ,download but don't install the latest drivers from nvidia ,when you switch windows will install drivers for the nvidia, then you would install the ones you downloaded from nvidia'
    I have onboard video ,I never had to disable it to install my ATI Radeon card ,I just installed it,and reboot and did what I suggested above ,and never had an issue .

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  2. #32


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks caperjack, hopefully I'll have some time after work to do this...I remember originally just putting it in the computer and using the cd and was up, never disabled the other one. Then again, I've never gotten a windows update for a graphics driver either...strange.
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  3. #33


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    Windows 8.1


    Update - I had a little extra time this evening so I first tried shutting down, unplugging then installed the nvidia card. Turned computer back on and nothing, black screen. Shut down, plugged back into the on board graphics without removing the nvidia, turned back on and graphics came up immediately. So, I then uninstalled all drivers or programs associated with nvidia, shut down, plugged into the nvidia card, turned back on and blackness. Shut down again (sigh), plugged back into the on board, turned back on and then put in the nvidia cd to install the driver that came with it. Was only good up to win7 so I pulled the driver off the nvidia website, shut down, plugged back into the nvidia card and turned on. Voila! There it was, nvidia card is working a-ok. And, I have learned what I need to do should there be a problem in the future, just plug back into the on board and go from there! So, as always, thanks to all of you that were willing to help me out. I'm sure to be a computer expert if I keep on like this!
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  4. #34


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    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by andreah1 View Post
    Update - I had a little extra time this evening so I first tried shutting down, unplugging then installed the nvidia card. Turned computer back on and nothing, black screen. Shut down, plugged back into the on board graphics without removing the nvidia, turned back on and graphics came up immediately. So, I then uninstalled all drivers or programs associated with nvidia, shut down, plugged into the nvidia card, turned back on and blackness. Shut down again (sigh), plugged back into the on board, turned back on and then put in the nvidia cd to install the driver that came with it. Was only good up to win7 so I pulled the driver off the nvidia website, shut down, plugged back into the nvidia card and turned on. Voila! There it was, nvidia card is working a-ok. And, I have learned what I need to do should there be a problem in the future, just plug back into the on board and go from there! So, as always, thanks to all of you that were willing to help me out. I'm sure to be a computer expert if I keep on like this!
    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

    Trial and error is absolutely the best teacher around, although it doesn't hurt to get a few helpful hints along the way.

    So, I gather the following:

    1. As Caper said, you no longer have to disable onboard graphics to use a third party graphics card.

    2. Just plugging in a third party graphics card doesn't make Windows automagically ditch the onboard graphics and install drivers (for the nVidia in your case); you have to install the drivers (most current for your OS are best) and then plug in the card.

    This has been a learning experience for me too.
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  5. #35


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    Windows 8.1


    You are correct, I have not disabled the onboard and everything is working just fine. And yes, it didn't work until I downloaded the most current driver. These forums are a great learning experience for everyone!
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  6. #36


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    when i plug in my ati card it boots fine ,it uses windows drivers until go to ati site and get latest drivers ,i dont have to install its drivers while on the onbord device .
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  7. #37


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Maybe mine is starting a slow death...who knows. As long as it's working now I'm happy and I'll know what to do to go back to on board if need be. Thanks again!
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  8. #38


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    Quote Originally Posted by andreah1 View Post
    Maybe mine is starting a slow death...who knows. As long as it's working now I'm happy and I'll know what to do to go back to on board if need be. Thanks again!
    good luck,and happy computing
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  9. #39


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Update - so much for that, we had a storm last night, the power blinked off and my computer shut down. When turning on this morning, same problem, the nvidia wouldn't work. I unplugged, disconnected, etc but nothing worked. I guess maybe it IS the card going back which shocks me, I thought these things pretty much lasted the life the computer. Never had one die, I'm sure it's possible though. Just wanted to add this in case someone else has a similar problem. The on board works fine (thankfully).
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  10. #40


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by andreah1 View Post
    Update - so much for that, we had a storm last night, the power blinked off and my computer shut down. When turning on this morning, same problem, the nvidia wouldn't work. I unplugged, disconnected, etc but nothing worked. I guess maybe it IS the card going back which shocks me, I thought these things pretty much lasted the life the computer. Never had one die, I'm sure it's possible though. Just wanted to add this in case someone else has a similar problem. The on board works fine (thankfully).
    What could have happened is that your video card was weakened and the storm took it out when the computer suddenly shut down.

    For now, can you go back to the Intel built-in graphics? Of course, it would be interesting to see if you could repeat your actions when you got the nVidia working last time. Time consuming for you, I know.

    It seems that both graphics "cards" are still arguing about who gets to be the boss and for some reason the built-in one is winning all the battles.
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