I have installed nVidia FX5200 Graphics Card on my Dell 2350 Dimension, Intel 2.4 Pentium, XP, 512 RAM. Plugging the monitor cable into the new card shows the taskbar but none of the desktop icons. If I open a new window I am unable to see it. If I plug the monitor cable into the old monitor port I can see all the desktop icons and the open windows, but no taskbar!! The identify feature in the display panel doesn't seem to work either.
i would start again and remove the card then replace it in the slot, when the new hardware found wizard starts use the driver disc that came with the card. you can update the driver when you are satisfied the card is working ok. the onboard graphics should auto disable when the card is inserted into the slot.
Rebooted. (Note: putting monitor cable in new card resulted in no signal so put cable back into original card output).
PC found new Hardware but wanted to install Intel Graphics and not Nvidia. Through device manager enabled nVidia card.
Plugging monitor cable into nVidia card shows only desktop background and mouse. Pressing the taskbar key opens the window......
......which you can only see if you plug the monitor cable back into the original card output.
In display it tells me that nVidia is working fine and is using default monitor. Pressing identify seems to make it want to try and do something but it's not happening. Sometimes it tells me that nVidia is using the Dell monitor; switching the cable back to Nvidia and I get the nVidia control panel on the screen but nothing else. No taskbar, no icons etc.
Am I missing something obvious or is it a case that my PC just won't support this graphics card?
the fact that you still get a display when plugging into the old port suggests to me the onboard graphics haven't been disabled in the bios. have another look in the bios for something like "primary display adapter" and make sure it's not set to onboard