How to Disable the Onboard Video on a Sony Vaio

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How to Disable the Onboard Video on a Sony Vaio
Disable on-board video on your PC after installing a new video card. (Technology - Graphics Card image by Rob Hill from

Disabling the on-board video card on your Sony Vaio desktop PC allows the activation of a new video card. A video cards job is to process and then display image and video information for movies and games on your monitor. An on-board video card resides in a chip attached to the large circuit board, or motherboard, inside your computer's case. After plugging in a peripheral video card to the motherboard switch from on-board to your new video card in the PC's BIOS settings on start-up. The BIOS is a program on your motherboard that controls what resources the PC uses when booted.

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    Restart your Windows based PC. Once the reboot process begins press the "Function" key that corresponds to "Set Up" or "BIOS" written on the bottom of the screen. The BIOS options menu is displayed. Frequently the button to press is "F1."

  2. 2

    Press the "Right Arrow" key to highlight the "Advanced" tab in the BIOS.

  3. 3

    Press the "Down Arrow" key to select the "Primary Video Adapter" heading and hit the "Enter" key. A list of video options comes into view.

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    Use the "Down Arrow" key to highlight the option that does not include the name "Onboard" to disable on-board video. If installing a new video card choose the slot type of your new video card and hit "Enter." Possibilities include "PCI," "PCI-e," and "AGP." The slot type of your video card is written prominently on the original package you purchased it in.

  5. 5

    Press the "Function" key on the keyboard the corresponds to "Save and Exit" to keep your new video settings. The PC starts utilising the new video card instead of on-board video.

Tips and warnings

  • On-board video can not be disabled on a Sony Vaio laptop, since you may not add new video cards to laptop computers.

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