Does unused AGP card take any resources when onboard video is disabled?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Doc, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Doc

    Doc Guest

    I have Compaq Deskpro PIII and am running an NVidia Video card, I have
    onboard video disabled in bios. Does the factory AGP card just sitting in
    the slot rob anything from the rest of the system? Any reason to take it
    Doc, Jun 16, 2006
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  2. Doc

    Rôgêr Guest

    I think the answer is no, no resources taken. But how would you remove
    an integrated video card?
    Rôgêr, Jun 16, 2006
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  3. Doc

    Doc Guest

    I guess I was under the impression that this 4meg AGP card is what the
    system uses when you use the on-board video.
    Doc, Jun 16, 2006
  4. Doc

    Rôgêr Guest

    "Onboard video" means the video card is integrated into the motherboard
    and uses the system RAM for video RAM. If you want to remove it, you'll
    have to swap out motherboards, and I'm not aware of any advantage that
    would give you unless you start upgrading other things while doing so.
    You said you have it disabled in the BIOS so it's not robbing RAM from
    the system anymore.
    Rôgêr, Jun 16, 2006
  5. Doc

    jollyrodgers Guest

    Onboard video is built into the motherboard it is not a card
    you can remove, Your NVIDIA card should be plugged into
    the AGP slot.
    jollyrodgers, Jun 16, 2006
  6. Doc

    Doc Guest

    Is this absolutely universal? The slot this card is in is labeled "AGP Slot"
    on the motherboard, however the card doesn't extend out to the expansion
    port on the back of the case, and doesn't have a video terminal, it just
    plugs into this slot. It's flat, shorter than but about the same height as
    an PC-133 SDRAM moduled and labeled "4 meg", I'm guessing it was an
    upgradeable option.
    It's a PCI card.
    Doc, Jun 16, 2006
  7. Doc

    jollyrodgers Guest

    Very strange what brand/model is your MB.
    Could be some add on expansion for the onboard video
    surely not a video card if it is that small.
    Someone else may have seen this before, I would try ripping
    it out and see how it goes or get an AGP card and put that in it's place.
    jollyrodgers, Jun 16, 2006
  8. Note that this newsgroup ( is not the
    appropriate place for this question. While some people
    here may attempt to help you, it is quite far off-topic.

    The NG where I would expect the most expertiese would
    be one of those dedicated to the topic for example...
    or a newsgroup or forum dedicated to your particular
    brand/model computer (or motherboard, or video card)
    Richard Crowley, Jun 16, 2006
  9. Doc

    Rôgêr Guest

    This is strange. If I were you, I think I'd take Richard Crowley's
    advice about asking in a group that specializes in that sort of thing.
    Rôgêr, Jun 16, 2006
  10. Doc

    Bill's News Guest

    I recently replaced, in a 6 year old tower, the AGP card with a
    Diamond ATI S9250 PCI to handle 1920x1080p video, I removed the
    AGP only because it allowed for more air flow for the new card.
    I also rearranged the other PCI cards so that the new card was
    at the top with an open slot below it. If I later need that
    slot, I'll move the least heat generating card to it.

    It was a quick and painless operation - ATI did a fair job on
    the instructions and a great job on the driver install disc.
    Bill's News, Jun 17, 2006
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