I'm having a bit of problem... at the children's hospital where I work (Beit Cure Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi), we're using a 4 year old Dell PowerEdge 1800 tower server. About two years ago, we started getting scrambled lines down the screen. Tried new cables and monitor, but that didn't help at all. Apparently it's the graphics chip going bad. About two months ago, it got a lot worse, to the point that you can barely do anything on the server.
I spoke with Dell US support and they said that the BIOS disables any PCI-X or PCI graphics cards upon booting. Is this true? Should I just buy a card to see if it works? I've got AGP cards, but not PCI.
I've been using Remote Desktop up to now, but if I need to change anything in the BIOS, I'm stuck. Someone mentioned a DRAC, but I don't know if the server has one installed.