Installing a graphics card

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Installing a graphics card

Postby Arancaytar » Thu May 29, 2014 10:52 am UTC

After giving up on getting drivers for the on-board chipset, I decided to get a cheap graphics card. This is an NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] GPU, PCIe interface, 1024MB DDR2 memory.

Unfortunately, I can't get any VGA signal out of it. There are two ways I can set up the BIOS:

1. Set the Primary Graphics Adapter to "On-Board". This seems to disable the card: The heatsink still warms up, and it shows up in the lspci, but the on-board VGA port will keep working as usual. I don't get a VGA signal from the card's port. There doesn't seem to be a way to switch to the card in Linux, either.

2. Set the Primary Graphics Adapter to "PCI Express". This disables the on-board chipset, and neither the on-board nor the card's VGA port will work (neither before, during nor after booting). The system still starts normally, and I can ssh to it, but the screen stays off.

(Obviously, after doing 2.), I have to take the card back out to get into the BIOS again.)

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$ lspci

00:00.0 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 ISA Bridge (rev a2)
00:01.1 SMBus: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 SMBus (rev a2)
00:01.3 Co-processor: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 Co-processor (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a2)
00:02.1 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
00:04.0 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a2)
00:04.1 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
00:06.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 IDE Controller (rev a1)
00:07.0 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 High Definition Audio (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:09.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 AHCI Controller (rev a2)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 Ethernet (rev a2)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:0d.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:0e.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:0f.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:10.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:11.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP67 PCI Express Bridge (rev a2)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] (rev a2)
02:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)


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$ nvidia-detect
Detected NVIDIA GPUs:
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] [10de:0a65] (rev a2)
Your card is supported by the default drivers and legacy driver series 304.
It is recommended to install the
    nvidia-driver
package.


Since the card doesn't even work before booting, it doesn't sound like something that can be fixed with drivers. The problem seems to be at the BIOS or hardware level.
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Re: Installing a graphics card

Postby Arancaytar » Thu May 29, 2014 12:24 pm UTC

Update: HDMI works!

Which would be awesome if I had a HDMI monitor. But still, it implies the card is actually working correctly.
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Re: Installing a graphics card

Postby Arancaytar » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:44 pm UTC

I've now managed to test it with DVI as well, which also worked. Fortunately my monitor can use both VGA and DVI.

I'm still very confused why the card would specifically fail to work with VGA, though.
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