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 Voodoo4 4500, not showing up in Windows 7
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Posted - 12/04/2011 :  07:18:01  Show Profile  Visit AeEsBii's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello, folks! I recently snatched up a Voodoo4 4500 PCI card. It's mostly because I wanted to collect it, but it would be nice if I could get it working for some tests, too.

I installed the latest SFFT drivers and adjusted some BIOS settings (including returning my FSB to its stable default, and of course setting VGA to check for PCI graphics first).

I had read that on LCD screens the BIOS POST won't appear, but even Windows 7 (64-bit) isn't recognizing the card, not even as an Unknown Device. (It's like there's nothing in the PCI slot - and I know the slot works with other cards.) The fan on the card spins, so it's getting power, but that's all I know.

I'll be setting up a Linux partition later in the week, at which point I'll also try the card again. Any hints, tips, or suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks in advance. Oh, and here's a picture: Link for full size

The card is almost too long for my mini-case, about a centimeter from touching the power supply, less if you consider that the wires are too stiff to move out of the way.

And I know, I need to clean it up!

Edited by - AeEsBii on 13/04/2011 05:02:44


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Posted - 13/04/2011 :  20:46:25  Show Profile  Visit H-street's Homepage  Reply with Quote
does it show up in your bios POST listing? not sure if your bios will show the post info but on almost all the modern motherboards i have used it will give a list of the PCI devices.

if it isn't showing up in windows 7 device manager even as an unknown then i have a feeling either

1. The motherboard doesn't support it
2. the card is DOA

i don't know if you have a friend/someone with another PC but that would be the quickest way to test it.
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Posted - 29/11/2011 :  00:05:38  Show Profile  Visit AeEsBii's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Silly me - I hadn't fully cleaned the PCI contacts. I haven't put it into my current Windows 7 machine yet (it's a full size ATX system, and I don't feel like trying to install the Voodoo card alongside my Radeon HD 5750).

But I grabbed a cheap Socket 7 motherboard with an AMD K6-2! It boots with the Voodoo card, now I just need to figure out how to install a Windows OS without an IDE CD drive or floppy drive.

The card is still alive, at least!
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