September 17th, 2010, 05:59 PM #1
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Silicon Image DVI PCI card not working
I have a Dell Optiplex GX280 (not the tower version) and this has an on board VGA connection. It also has a DVI connection (with a PCI graphics card).
I was using the PCI DVI connection as my main monitor connection when i got a virus / spyware on my XP home edition.
I decided to completely format the system and install Vista. I did this and everything seemed to be working fine until the system booted to the windows loading logo. After this point i got a blank screen & nothing shows.
I realised this was a video issue so changed my connection to the VGA one and everything works fine. I tried to see if i can update the DVI PCI cards driver but Vista doesn't seem to display a device on device manager. There is no 'unknown device' in the list
If i reconnect to the DVI slot, the pc boots up fine (i can see the DELL logo & can see the post boot up) but as soon as it gets to the windows loading logo then it blanks out & i get nothing.
The PCI DVI card is a Silicon Image Orion x16 card. I can't find any drivers for it anywhere (even if i could i'm not sure what good they will do if my system cant detect the card). The DVI connection worked fine before & still works until it gets into windows.
Does anyone have any idea of how to resolve this issue? Any help would be appreciated.
September 17th, 2010, 07:18 PM #2
I've done some searching around & seems I have some bad news. The Silicon Image Orion x16 card is not a video card, it is simply a DVI adapter for the 915G/GV onboard graphics. Dell (nor Intel) have a Vista or Win7 driver for this graphic adapter. That is probably why the adapter doesn't work and Device Manger doesn't see it.
Try Windows Update, see if they have an optional driver update for the 915G graphics.
If not, I can think of 3 choices...
a. Use the VGA connection instead of the DVI.
b. Go back to Windows XP to use both the DVI and VGA. (Save Vista to install on a newer PC)
c. Purchase a low profile PCIe x16 video card which has DVI, VGA, and Vista support.
Personally, I'd go with option a. unless I was using dual monitors. If that's the case I'd go with option b.What computer do you have? And please don't say a white one. - Sheldon Cooper
August 7th, 2011, 07:27 PM #3
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I found this thread because I'm having an issue with the same card AND computer. I bought this Dell GX-280 to watch youtube videos on our big screen TV, using the DVI cable. To get things setup I first hooked up a CRT monitor to the computer, and configured the resolution settings for the DVI output. Everything works great until I decide to reboot. The computer won't even go through the startup phase, much less ever make it into windows XP. If I leave the DVI card plugged in, but simply unplug the actual DVI cable, then the computer boots up fine.
I was beginning to think I didn't have the right driver for the card. But an online search told me that Silicone Image only makes the hardware, and that the driver is one that Intel provides to work in conjunction with the on board video card.
My goal was to eventually eliminate the CRT monitor once I got things up and running on the big screen TV. But now I don't know what to do. If the power ever goes off for a few minutes, I will need to drag the big CRT back into the room just so I can get everything online again. Not only that, but I will need to keep this computer on 24/7. There has to be a better way.
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