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Did not work in an FIC P4-486PE Pro
on May 7, 2011
Ordered this to replace a flaky no-name brand 256M 6200. However, no matter what I tried (and I spent several evenings on this) I could not get this 512M EVGA card to work in an FIC P4-486PE Pro running XP - there were driver "resource conflicts" and the card was left stuck in VGA mode. The resource conflict was in the memory map; for some reason the video card's 512M memory was always allocated in *addition* to the AGP driver's memory, and there just isn't enough available memory for that in XP (and I have 3G of RAM; it is more an issue of where the memory is allowed to be allocated to device drivers). For my previous (and subsequent) 256M 6200 the card's memory was allocated *within* the AGP driver's memory space and there were no conflicts. This memory is separate from the "AGP aperture" memory, by the way.
I have the (one and only) BIOS for the FIC P4-486PE Pro motherboard, the most recent Intel chipset drivers and I tried with various Nvidia drivers - some older ones, the ones from the CD and the most recent 270.61 version. I also let the BIOS re-pick the resources and off course I performed all operations from safe mode with full driver uninstalls and cleanups etc. prior to each attempt. I even tried with an Ubuntu Linux setup and although I did get to a non-VGA desktop it locked up right after that.
So I can't tell if this is an issue with my BIOS or with the card - but for sure they do not play together and it just did not work. When I replaced it with a new Gigabyte 256M 6200 everything worked just fine.
PS When you see a resource conflict with the "vgasafe" driver, whatever you do, *** don't *** disable that driver as that is the default VGA mode you get before your driver is installed.