can you install an operating system without a VGA port ?

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  1. meloxicam

    meloxicam MDL Novice

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    computer specs
    asus m5a99x evo motherboard
    amd 8 core fx-8150
    8 gb ram (2x4gb)
    750w power supply 80+
    ati radeon 5700 1gb graphics

    i bought an asus m5a99x evo motherboard but it doesn't have in-built graphics so first i tried to use my ati radeon 5700hd(hdmi and dmi ports) but the installation kept failing then i used an ati 4500 (vga,dmi,hdmi ports) and windows 7 installed but the screen keeps going black for about 5 seconds every time i do something e.g. move the mouse, type, open apps. i havent touched the bios and is still set to default. btw the screen doesnt turn black in bios mode. i have tried both graphics cards in other desktops.

    My questions are:
    1. can a operating system be installed on a computer that only has pci-e graphics with no vga port?
    2.what graphic card(s) should i use for a m5a99x evo mothrboard?
    3. is the screen problem caused by a bad driver or is it the motherboard?
    4. does it need a larger power supply?
    5. should i add more ram?
    6. is ati better than nvida for an amd chip-set?
     
  2. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    #2 redroad, May 27, 2012
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    In your manual under Bios advanced mode ..It says under "initiate Graphics adapter [Peg/PCI]" it allows you to choose which graphics controller to use as primary boot device..Check there..pg. 3-15 of your manual

    Do you receive any beep code upon booting?
     
  3. meloxicam

    meloxicam MDL Novice

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    #3 meloxicam, May 27, 2012
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    thanks for replying,
    the peg/pci setting is set as default
    which should it be set to the peg/pci or the pci/peg?
    no beep codes with the 4500 but with the 5700 card it has the no vga detected but it has a dmi port which is connected to a dmi monitor and a hdmi port which is connected to a tv
    with the 5700 windows 7 and ubuntu freeze during installation
    hdd is wd 2tb caviar green
    does the os installation need a vga adapter in order to install?
    the 5700 and the 4500 cards both work on other motherboards, im using the 5700 right now whilst typing.
     
  4. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    Don't know

    then use that one

    are you installing using GPT and Uefi?

    I would think you need to even if you change later
     
  5. meloxicam

    meloxicam MDL Novice

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    whats GPT and Uefi?
    i installed it by setting the dvd drive to boot 1 then booting the install disk when it asks to press any key ....

    the hard drive is ntfs formatted btw.
     
  6. meloxicam

    meloxicam MDL Novice

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    the drive is 2tb so its under the limit for the gpt.
    it boots first into asus bios uefi
     
  7. meloxicam

    meloxicam MDL Novice

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    #9 meloxicam, May 27, 2012
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    ive got it to work upto "setup is updating registry settings", its just hanging so far, with the with the 5700 with a vga to dmi adapter.

    didn't work installing with the 4500 then i'll swap then when the hard drive has full win 7 installed

    maybe windows 7 has a problem with computers that dont have a vga port on them?
     
  8. meloxicam

    meloxicam MDL Novice

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    ram is fine according to the motherboard, did the memok test ( it wouldn't start if it wasn't compatible)
    win 7 was bought from pc world so should be fine
    I'm going to test the settings in the bios to see if that's the problem.
     
  9. meloxicam

    meloxicam MDL Novice

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    okay ive fixed it. basically it was a bios problem. by default the m5a99x evo sets the cpu to energy efficiency mode (cool n' quiet : C1E : SVM ) which installers don't like, because installers stop and start alot kinda like trying to go 100 mph in first gear. so i set them all to disable and it installed in 5 mins 47 seconds. i'll have to try each one to see which one(s) cause(s) it to fail.
    ram is kingston 2 x 4gb ~1300mhz
    anyway it worked special thanks to redroad and acrsn for your help.