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Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Q: Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Ok so, I've got a Dell Dimension 3000, 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 512mb ram.

Im doing an upgrade due to my lack of a video card and sufficient ram for games. *I'm upgrading strictly for gaming*
I'm adding ram, going to have a total of 2gigs. Did it on crucial and it should work fine.
Now as many of you already know the Dimension 3000 only has PCI video card slots. So, I did some research and found the best possible card for my mobo. (At least I think) The x1550:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103031
And just recently I saw this:
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=8982
But can't find it anywhere in stores, could someone show me where that is available? To my knowledge that would be better than the x1550, right?
Also, what kind of Shaders and Vertex shaders do these have?

Well assuming I'm getting the x1550 how do I determine if the video card is compatible with my monitor? *This is my main concern*

Another question, again assuming I'm getting the x1550, I see the recommended PSU is 420W. Now, my original dell PSU is a 250W. So I'm convinced theres no way I'll be running this card without a PSU upgrade. I went to pcpower cooling's site, went to the compatible PSU's for my dimension 3000 and found this:
http://www.pcpower.com/Dell/Dimension/Dimension-3000.html

I've read about alot of PSU's falsely stating the wattage due to some rubbish about the ampage on the 12v rail or something, can someone notify me if this is a legit card for my system? *edit: I noticed the specs for the PSU say it comes with a PCI-E connecter, does that mean it wont connect to my PCI slot??*
Also do I absolutely need the PSU upgrade or should I get the video card and see if it will run without it first? Thanks to whoever reads this and can answer my questions.

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A: Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

I am also using Dell Dimension 3000, and I upgraded all Video Card, RAM and PSU already, so I think I can help you a little bit here.

First, which games do you want to play? Because if you want to play newest games, then I'm sorry, you will have to buy a whole new computer. X1550 and 2gb of DDR RAM won't help you anymore.

Second, as far as I know, X1550 is the best for PCI now, but X1300 is really slightly behind. Many people believe they are the same. You can easily buy X1300 from newegg. You bought mine with $20.00 cheaper from eBay, but I guess money is not really your problem anyway.

Third, I have used X1300 and FX5500 and didn't see any problem with Dell Monitor at all. The only thing you need to be careful if you decide to buy X1300 is that there are two kind of X1300. Don't buy the Small Factor version because it is made for special kind of computer, and it won't fit into your case. The one you should buy look like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129062

Fourth, even though many people suggest that we should only use Dell PSU because the other PSU won't fit into the case, I am actually using this one of Antec: http://reviews.pricegrabber.com/power-supplies/m/601582/
It fits perfectly.
And yes, PSU upgrade is a good idea. I believe my system is working very well, so you should have at least 350W PSU. DON'T buy cheap PSU.

Fifth, you may knew already since you've used cruical website to figure out. However, just keep in mind you need to buy DDR RAM, not DDR2. This is another bad news, because DDR RAM is way more expensive than DDR2.

Last but not least, you said: "I'm upgrading strictly for gaming", so I highly recommend you to buy a new computer. You're going to upgrade PCI video card, DDR RAM and PSU, and if you just spend couple of hundreds more dollars, then you will own a much better computer.

Anyway, I love my Dell Dimension 3000 and have been living happily with it. I can play games like Counter-strike, Lord of Rings, or Neverwinter Night.... easily. I also have only 1GB of RAM: http://www.directron.com/twinx13200c2pt.html . So you won't make a wrong choice either way.

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Ok so, I've got a Dell Dimension 3000, 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 512mb ram.

Im doing an upgrade due to my lack of a video card and sufficient ram for games. *I'm upgrading strictly for gaming*
I'm adding ram, going to have a total of 2gigs. Did it on crucial and it should work fine.
Now as many of you already know the Dimension 3000 only has PCI video card slots. So, I did some research and found the best possible card for my mobo. (At least I think) The x1550:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103031
And just recently I saw this:
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=8982
But can't find it anywhere in stores, could someone show me where that is available? To my knowledge that would be better than the x1550, right?
Also, what kind of Shaders and Vertex shaders do these have?

Well assuming I'm getting the x1550 how do I determine if the video card is compatible with my monitor? *This is my main concern*

Another question, again assuming I'm getting the x1550, I see the recommended PSU is 420W. Now, my original dell PSU is a 250W. So I'm convinced theres no way I'll be running this card without a PSU upgrade. I went to pcpower cooling's site, went to the compatible PSU's for my dimension 3000 and found this:
http://www.pcpower.com/Dell/Dimension/Dimension-3000.html

I've read about alot of PSU's falsely stating the wattage due to some rubbish about the ampage on the 12v rail or ... Read more

A:Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Google your PC and said you have a 250 Watt power supply (may be true or not but hey..its Cnet that said it) On Newegg it said that the 1550 needs a 420 watt or greater...From those numbers well...You'll need a new power supply. Or you can just upgrade =D
 

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I am planing to get this power supply: Newegg.ca - XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
with 2 of these video cards: Newegg.ca - PowerColor AX6970 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Has enough power for them but someone said to me that it don't have enough 6pins to support them since both Video cards require 2x6pin adapters

One thing I have issues with is telling how much pins/what pins a CPU comes with even when it shows list:
SO here's a list of pins:
1 x Main connector (20+4-pin)
1 x 4+4-pin ATX 12V
1 x 8-pin EPS12V
8 x Peripheral
8 x SATA
2 x Floppy
4 x PCI-E

and here is the required pins:
6 pin / 8 pin x 2

from what I seen n read, there should be but I want to make 100% sure :3

A:Power Supply + video card question

the connectors you are after are the4x PCI-E connectors.

They should be 6 pin with an additional optional 2 pins hanging off the side.

might i ask why you think you need 2 6970 cards? one is about the most powerful single cored card you can get and will max out anything easily, so 2 will be pointless. Bit like buying a Ferrari just to drive to the local corner shop...

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Ok, i'm currently trying to build a computer and i am having trouble figuring out which power supply to use for my Asus 8800GT. I've asked other Tech forums, and they all have told me the same thing, but the reviews on the product contradict what they are telling me.

I am looking at a hard drive from a company called hec (Orion). Other forums have told me that i should avoid this company and that it is junk.

Since i can't link the PSU that I am thinking about buying (not enough posts )...ill give you the brand name and you can check it on Newegg.com

hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply

This review is the one that really caught me attention and had me confused

Pros: I bought this power supply so I could use my eVGA 8800GT. I was really pessimistic thinking I could find a suitable power supply for my card at a cheap price. Man, was I wrong. This thing is a trooper. It does everything it was supposed to with no problems at all. Glad I bought it after all. I overclock my processor and graphics card as well, and this power supply doesn't falter at all.
Cons: None.

Now i understand that i shouldn't be cheap about my PSU, but honestly i don't want to spend 50 or more dollars on this if there is one cheaper that will do the job.

Can somebody PLEASE help me out with this, by letting me know if this will do the job. And instead of just telling me it's a piece of junk, please show me what is good within my price ra... Read more

A:Question regarding a power supply, video card

get a cooler master 660Wats it will run it all it also has the graphics power connector for SLI
 

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i upgraded my video card to a ati radeon 9800 from a geforce 4 mx 440.

ati says i need a 300w power supply, my pc has a 250w.

the only devices hooked up to my power supply are two cd drives(one dvd-rw, one cd-rom) the floppy drive, and the hard drive. and i guess the motherboard is included right?

i disconnected the cd-rom drive since i dont use it much.

would there still be a problem? everything seems fine so far.
 

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I'm thinking about getting a 9800 GTX and a quad core processor, so what power supply should I get(wattage). Also, does the processor really affect what type of PSU I should get or is it just the video card?
 

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I'm in the process of building my first PC. I just received my power supply today (Corsair 620W). It has four listings for 12V (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and -12V), the first three of which are rated at 18 Amps and the last at 0.8 Amps. My video card is a Sapphire x1950XT, which, according to some reviews on newegg, requires 20-30 Amps. I looked on Sapphire's website, but I couldn't find an exact requirement.

So my question is, am I likely to run into trouble with this PSU / Video card combination? I really thought this PSU had a higher amperage than 18... I guess I read something wrong when ordering it. I did find some reviews of people running 1950Pro's with this Corsair PSU.

Also, I really don't understand the rails and what all of that means, so could someone post a quick explanation or direct me to an article that would explain the basics of a PSU? I've tried looking at some sites that I know (ie - Tom's Hardware), but I've had trouble finding an article to explain the basics to me.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Power Supply / Video Card Question

Hi,

PSUs can be very confusing... the Important amps you need to know are on the +12v rail (rails)... now that Corsiar 620w PSU has three rails marked at 18a each.. so you might think.. "oh I have a total of 54amps.. becuase there are three rails at 18amps each.. right?"

Nope.... that just means that each individual rail is rated for a maximuim of 18amps each.. thats thier limit lets say.

If you look at the sticker on the side of the power supply, you can see that the 620w is divieded between all the different rails. the +3.3v & +5v have 170w dedicated to them.. the three +12v rails have 430w deidcated to them, and the -12v & +5vsb have the remaining 20w dedicated to them.

You take the 430 watts going to the +12v rails and divide that number by 12.. this gives you the total sustainable amps on the 12v rails.. which comes out to 35.8 amps.. so we'll say its 35amps even.

So, if your X1950XT requires 20-30 amps, then that power supply will be fine. The Corsiar 620w is a very nice power supply and you shouldnt worry that you made the wrong chioce, when in fact you made a great choice.. good job!

Basically they split the rails for saftey reasons.. they decided that there should not be more then 20amps on any given +12v rail... haveing said that, they still sell power supplies with a large single rail, but these usually have more heavy-duty over current protections and such... which makes them more exspensive.

I hope this helps,
Wasper
 

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I am currently thinking about purchasing an EVEREX gPC3 Sempron computer and had a few questions about some things. First off, I need to know if this RAM would work with the computer: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-Channel-P...ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1230244237&sr=1-1
Secondly, I own a eVGA GeForce FX 5500 video card that requires a power supply of 250W, but the factory default is only 200W. I was looking at a 450W upgrade, but need to know if it would even work with it. http://www.amazon.com/DiabloTek-400...5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1230244094&sr=1-5
I do plan on putting XP Pro on it, so OS issues are not a problem.
Thanks for the help, and have a Merry Christmas!
 

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Hi,


I have a Gateway GT 5082 ( Athlon 64 X2 , 2ghz flavor) I believe I have 2 problems if I want to purchase a decent video card. The stock power supply i believe is only 300W. Probably need around 400W to power a good video Card.

It comes with a PCI Express slot but even if I had the recommended power supply I really dont see an empty slot on the motherboard to put in the power connection from a new video card ( such as the nVidia 7950 GT ).


Do they sell external power supplies that I could run indepently of my computer and just power a video card? It would seem like a pain in the *** to replace the oem power supply so let me know what you think!

Yes I know there is an inherently 3rd problem the fact that I purchased a gateway haha... but just looking for some solutions here.

Thanks
 

A:Video Card External Power Supply Question

Welcome to Techspot jnava121 :wave: ! Yes, the do make dedicated psu's, although the only one I know of is made by thermaltake, which I have due to a similar issue. If you live in the U.S., then look Here. Don't be thrown off by the wattage, becuase this thing will power up to a GeForce 8800GTS. Yes, it should also power a 7950GT as well. Good luck!
 

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I have a OCZ 500W power supply, but it doesn't have the 6-pin connector my ATI 5750 needs. Alright, so I have the splitter included with my card that splits the 6-pin into 2 Molex plugs. I'm pretty sure I need both of those plugged in, but I'm unsure of the orientation of the wires. I took a picture of how I *think* it should be set up:

So you can see the longer end will connect to my PSU with the 6-pin, and the shorter end, also with the 6-pin, will connect to my GPU. My question is if the end coming from the PSU is right. The cable coming from the PSU end doesn't actually "split" into 2 Molex plugs. It goes to one Molex, then continues to another Molex, and then continues to a plug, that I can't identify.

I'm assuming this is right because my PSU is "SLI Ready", and it has two of the cables you see in the picture (the longer one), meaning one for each card. Sorry if this is confusing, but I really don't want to damage anything
 

A:Solved: Question about connecting power supply to video card.

I can answer the plug you don't recognize part for you. It is a Floppy drive Power Plug. Did your PSU come with a manual?
 

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Hello, im thinking about buying a AWESOME tweaked out system from www.yetipc.com and i have a OS question...

I intented to install 4-8 OS's on this computer, mainly:
windows XP (SP1 baby!)
windows 2000 pro
windows 2000 advanced server (or maybe just server)
windows 98SE
Linux (And redhat)
Solaris

Now i know that'll be quite a job to get all those baby's to boot correctly, but it's been a dream of mine for awhile... and with 500GB space, who cares

Anyway, i was wondering about Game / Program compatiblity on 2000. Will most programs that run on NT (isn't NT XP?), run on 2000 pro?

I've been wondering about this for awhile. I've seen most programs run on 2000 pro, (it's a awesome fast OS ).

If games / most programs run fine with 2000 pro, i think i'll use it as my main OS. And of course, For my shiny new server comp

So any know about this?
 

A:OS Compatiblity question

2000 is NT 5.0 and XP is NT 5.1. But there is not complete compatibility among these OS's. 2000 and XP are closer relatives than NT and 2000, for example. But with XP's Compatibility Mode, you can run NT apps just like they were on NT. I don't think 2000 has that ability.

Overall, I would say that with that many OS's, you should be able to run just about anything. But I think you'd find XP quite a bit faster than 2000 if all the themes and eye-candy were disabled and it was run with the 2000 GUI.

The biggest problems you'll find with compatibility will be trying to run 9x family apps on NT machines, and vice versa. XP has a 95, 98, 2000, ME, and NT compatibility modes.
 

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I was having some memory issues with this GP7-650 Gateway computer. I have discovered that WinXP can often be very particular about memory; whereby WinXP will not install and gave numerous error messages; even though after installation, the problematic memory will sometimes work. I do have various memory that were for Apple computers laying around that are labeled as PC100. I have this 128mb Micron memory with US APPLE, PC100-322-620 that just would not work during WinXP installation, yet another 64mb PC-100-322-620 that was non-Apple labeled was finally able to install WinXP without numerous error messages. But I do see this PC100-322-620 often labeled as for Apple Computers like thei Mac, etc. Yet after I installed WinXP with this PC100 64mb, the Micron 128 did work. But then I was curious as to why the 64mb PC100 gave the message: serial presence device (spd) device data missing or inconclusive do you wish to boot at 100mhz bus speed ; properly programmed SPD device is required for reliable operation; yet the Micron 128mb did not. How important is this SPD on a memory chip? Also, apparently, other forms of Apple memory do not work like the Kingston KTA-G3/256 definitely caused problems, though it worked to some extent. Any insight into any of these issues? Basically, I'm just trying to get this Gateway to get the right memory without spending too much money. The gateway chat person said that all it required was PC100 SDRAM; the web site called for: 128-MB 100Mhz 64Bit... Read more

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Hey guys I was planning a building a new computer and I was wondering if an Intel E2160 will work with this motherboard: ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard Thanks
 

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hello, ho can u switch form an installed videocard to an on-motherboard video card? help plz
 

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I'm looking to get a video card for my Pavilion  p7-1254 and I'm wondering what cards are compatible?

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Hi, Please check the following post    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Upgrading-graphics-card-on-my-HP... Regards.

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Hello all,

i know somebody who owns a portege R830-1C8. He asked me, if my notebook RAM is compatible with his notebook.

Actually he has inside the notebook 2gb 1Rx8 PC3-10600S-09-11-B2.

My RAM is 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-12800S-11-12-F2.1600.

Can he use my RAM?

Thx and greetz

A:Toshiba Portege R830-1C8 RAM compatiblity question

Both are PC3, but not sure about the speed difference.
It may work, give it a try.

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Hi,

Going by the specs of my PCs power pack (included photograph of the power pack below) will my PC manage OK with a graphics card that requires a 300 watt power supply and 30.5 watt max power consumption?

I'm particularly interested in the 30.5 watt max power consumption.

Thanks

I'm hoping to get it very soon (if it will work OK) so any quick answers would be really great !
 

A:Graphics card power question?

I would replace the power supply. While liteon make fairly good Optical drives sometimes, their power supplies are really not high quality, and you only have 19A on the +12Vdc rail and a limit of 268W devided up between the +12Vdc and +5V rails. You should look at something from OCZ, Corsair, Antec, in 500 550 w range.
 

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Hello,

I just bought a cheap video card to test my mb/cpu that I just bought.
The video card has cable tv which I like.

If I buy a new gaming card, is their an adapter or something that I
can get so that I can keep my old video card for TV and switch back
and forth between the two?

I do have two PCI-E slots, but my TV card is not capable of
SLI/Crossfire.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

A:Video Card Question

Actually, you should be able to use both video cards at the same time. But to be safe, I would keep with the same brand. I.e., if your TV card is ATI, that's what I would go for. It reduces the drivers you need to install.

Courtney
 

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Hi, I am trying to play Prince of Persia the sands of time, it keeps given me this info: Your videocard NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 is not supported.
Your videocard does not support some required features ( MIN_SIMULTANEOUS_TEX_4 ).
Your videocard pixel shader version 0000 is below the minimum requirements.
Your videocard vertex shader version 0000 is below the minimum requirements.

Is there a way to fix in my video setting or is it the game that does not support my video card. Thanx for your time....
 

A:Another video card question....

one of the game requirement is: GeForce 3 or equivalent video card with 3D support.
as you have a GeForce 2, i'm guessing that's a hardware issue you can't control for. some games will run below the requirements albeit badly, but sometimes they won't run at all. maybe someone else will no differently though.
 

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I am looking for the following:

Low-Profile or Half-Height PCI videocard. I can't seem to find one. If anyone knows where I can get one, please tell me. I need a 32 MB at the least.

Thanks, Ryan!
 

A:Video Card Question

Go to www.pricewatch.com and you'll find many that have that.
 

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Hi I just bought a new video card. The following.

http://www.diamondmm.com/X1550PRO512PE.php

It says the following on the above site.

420 Watt ATX 2.0 or greater power supply.Consult your computer system manual to ensure the power supply is designed to accommodate a high-end graphics card with a peak dissipation above 75 watts.

I have a 250 Watt power supply it seems. The card needs a 450 watt PSU. I am wondering what will happen if I attempt to install this card with my current PSU.

My PC meets the card requirements in every other way. I have the following specs.

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 2.66ghz. 3.5gb ram. Windows XP pro SP3.

Here is a picture of my PSU. Just to confirm that it really is 250 Watts.


I am in college for electrical engineering so I have a pretty good idea of what power is. So explain away, I understand.

Thank you.
 

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Hey everyone, My dad asked earlier about a video. I appreciate all of the help. I have found a VisionTek Xtasy RADEON 9250 128MB DDR AGP Graphics Card at Best Buy. Here is the Best buy site page (sorry, I don't know how to make a link):

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...d=1099392683579

After rebates, it will be $40. What do all of you think for use with BF/COD and the upcoming new BF game? Thanks!

Golferguy's son
 

A:Video Card for BF/COD Question

That's a pretty low end chipset for the Radeon series, mine's not very good (9550SE) but I can run CoD on full settings with no problems. I wouldn't know about the one you're going to buy though...
 

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I've got a 2.5yr old sony vaio desktop and I typically do a full OS refresh every 9 months to keep it running clean/quick. I'm also currently running Vista.

Here's my question: I just upgraded from a 15" monitor to a 19" and the screen is a little blurry but not too terrible. I'm not a gamer and don't really watch movies on this particular machine but I think I need a video card to clear things up. I've never bought one before. Any suggestions and how much do they typically cost? Remember not looking for something to game on.

Any help is greatly appreciated,
Adam
 

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I recently bought a new video card (as I was to start playing wow) Anyway I bought a 6600GT AGP. Upgraded from 5200. When I installed the card I noticed.... little differance other then a SLIGHT FPS increase. Now I was wondering. Is it possible that my MotherBoard could be causing this problem. Its not a very nice one not trying to diss the people at Epox but for me this board isnt runing well at all 8K9AI. I expearianced major driver problems and a plethera of other things. but back to the topic.

Would a new motherboard ( A nice one ) possibly enhance my Video Card Preformance. If so please explain why because someone I know doesnt think that would change a thing
 

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Hello. I have another question. How do you "open" pipelines in a video card? Thanks.
 

A:Video Card question.

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Hi guys,
I've finally worked out mainly from help here on techguy the specifications of my PC and PSU.
I have dell inspiron 530, it has a free PCI-e 16x slot, the PSU is rated at 300W, 12V and 18amps.

I'm going to buy a video card, which would be best to get that would run on my system?
the two I had looked at were the 8600GT and the 7800GT. would these be compatible?
(I'm aiming to spend on a failry small budget)

And one final question, I currently have an integrated Intel GMA 3100 graphics system, would i have to remove this before putting the new one in or could it just be left?

thanks for all your continued help at tech guy,

tom8675
 

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I just reformat my laptop and all of a sudden all my games are malfunctioning. They are not working well. Before there's no lag in all my games. But after the reformat, all of them have lag.

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so at the moment i have a

INTEL(R) EXTREME GRAPHICS 2 REPORT


Report Date: 05/28/2008
Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 16:07:14
Driver Version: 6.14.10.4299
Operating System: Windows XP* Home Edition, Service Pack 2 (5.1.2600)
Default Language: English
DirectX* Version: 9.0
Physical Memory: 1021 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 1 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 96 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 5 MB
Processor: x86
Processor Speed: 2660 MHZ
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 2572
Device Revision: 02

crappy i know i was hoping to to upgrade to

Visiontek Radeon 2400 Pro Video Card - 256MB DDR2, PCI (was gonna post link but i cant due not having 5 post anyhow it was on tigerdirect)

but the question i was wondering wouldnt it just be better to completely remove the old video card and just use the new one? also does anyone see any problems about me running this video card? i dont know much about video cards can u overclock it like u can with ram?
 

A:Video card question

Unless you are talking about some other card than the Intel Extreme Graphics, you can't remove it because it is built into the motherboard. You shouldn't have any problems using this Radeon card but without knowing more than the sketchy information you provided it is hard to say for certain.
 

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I was a little questionable about whether or not The Sims 2 would run on my computer. It's an HP Pavilion 531w, 1.3GHz Intel Celeron processor, 256mb RAM, Intel 82810E graphics controller (integrated), and I have plenty of space on my hard drive. My computer meets all the min requirements except for the video card. I though what the heck, and bought it to see if it would work anyway. It installed perfectly fine, but when I went to play it, I got an error message that it couldn't find any DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics adapters in my system. And so I looked at the Intel website to find out what I could do, and read that for my video card, the latest driver was from 2002, and no more would be released, so therefore my video card wouldn't be compatible with DirectX 9.0c and would not run The Sims 2. So, I'm looking for a new video card, keeping in mind the video cards that are supported by The Sims 2, and I think I might go with the GeForce FX5200 128mb PCI card,. I know I don't have an AGP slot, there are 3 PCI slots, 2 empty, 1 I have no idea what's in it, couldn't really tell, just was able to read the model number off it, #90109. I found a card on newegg.com for $67 and was wondering where else I could look, maybe get a better deal? And will the GeForce FX5200 work for my computer? I think I should be able to install it myself, since I know how to install memory, but I might need some more help, like how to switch the computer so it uses ... Read more

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I need to know if my video card can support Hardware T&L. I have Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 on my computer. From what I have already read, it has been standard for a while now. Can anyone tell me, or tell me where I would look for a definitive answer. Thanks in advance.
 

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No, it doesn't have Hardware T&L, its a low entry Netbook GPU solution from Intel so whats standard in ATI/AMD and nVidia GPU's for laptops and desktops isn't always found here.
 

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Hi people!

I need your advice once more! I'm planning to upgrade my video card and I really need to know some details about the amperage required for a card of the radeon HD 3850/3870 series. I also consider buying a GeForce 8800 if I find one suiting my needs.

I'm -to a point- familiar with PSU requirements but I cannot fully understand this: My PSU (claims to have 84% efficiency and it uses Active PFC) has 3 12V rails (2 +12V rails, one -12V rail), each rail can provide 18 amperes resulting in 216 Watts provided by each rail. So, how do I calculate the power needs of a new GPU? Are the rails combined resulting in a total of 54 amperes or what? Will my PSU be sufficient for a card of the series listed above?

You can view the details of my current system at my profile! Thanks in advance!
 

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I am fairly computer deficient when it comes to hardware issues, so bear with me please.

I own the IBM g41 Thinkpad and there's little else I can say that I am currently aware of about this machine.

I would like to know if the:
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 128MB VIDEO

is the same as:
Intel(R) 82852/82855 GM/GME graphics controller

I need to know because I just bought the first one thinking that it was going to be an upgrade.

IF it is better, would anyone know where I can find instructions as to how to replace the two safely?

Thank you very much!

~Zippyk85
 

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Any ideas as to why Aero works on Vista but does not work properly on Win 7? It is an on-board video card.

Thx
 

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hi here is one reason http://www.aeroxp.org/board/index.php?showtopic=12111and this may be worth trying http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/01/13/hack-to-force-enable-aero-in-windows-7/
 

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if i uninstall my gforce 2 Pro/gts video card how can i reinstall it. i dont know much about this. but i want to switch video cards and i dont understand the concept of installing video cards. is the installing just the drivers? can i easily reinstall a video card if i uninstall it?
 

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I have a radeon 4830 hd. I was wondering if I needed an hd monitor to even run the gpu or just view hd material.
 

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What monitor do you have now?
 

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When i was looking for a new video card, i see lots of video cards with 64-bit memory thing. I looked at my color in the properties section and saw 32-bit. Can i still use the 64-bit thing? Thanks.
 

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32-bit is just what the OS operates on and the 64-bit on the GFX card is its memory interface ( higher = better. max is 256 ). So yes you can use it.
 

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hey, I Wanted To Buy A ATI RADEON 9200 VIDEO CARD. I Have A Sony Vaio PCV-RX640. Motherboard ID 02/26/2002-I815 -TUSL-LV. Im Not Sure If IT Will Work Please Help Me Thanks
 

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Yes, your system has a 4X agp slot. You should be able to install your card. You will need to disable the onboard video and uninstall the driver for the onboard video. Check your manual for the procedure to disable onboard vid.
 

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http://www.allstarshop.com/shop/product.asp?pid=7203&sid=PP3F2LNVUP308JWPMVFFUSN0PG6PC4AD

i was going to buy that card the 9800 pro 128 megabyte and the price is a little cheap, so i was wondering if it was the same thing as the 9800 pro 256mb(formerly the top of the line for ati, replaced by 9800xt) except it has only 128mb. the reason i am asking is because there are so many different graphic cards out there like the 9800se which you think would be a really good card but can barely keep up with the 9600 pro. same with the 5900xt and 5900se.
 

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For nearly two months I have been getting lines appearing across my display. I had a pc look at the display itself and was told that there wasnt anything wrong with the display. I had my suspisions that it could be the video card - the pc is an old Dell Dimensions XPS 800r which makes it about 7 years old. The pc shop also suggested that I take it along to them to get it checked out.

Before doing the later, I was wondering whether anybody can tell me how to do a diagnosis test to find out whether the card is the problem? Also, if the video card is on its way out, could that explain why my pc is getting slower and slower to the point of sometimes not being able to open a program when I want to.

Many thanks for any help and sorry if I have been long-winded in the process.

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Have you tried another monitor to eliminate that as the problem?

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Hi all! I would like to update my video card to what my wallet and system can handle. I now have a nvidia 64MB card in a AGP slot supports up to 4X (Ver.2.0). I would like to upgrade to a 128MB card (8x, backwards compatible to 4X), but will it make any noticeable improvement in gaming?

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I already replied to your post here.

The problem continues there.

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I have a friend whose computer went down. All I know is they were playing a game and heard a pop and it went blank. I opened the case and saw the video card had a burn mark on it. The card was a Radeon 9600 Pro Advantage 256 MB V/D/VO. It was installed in what I believe to be called the AGP slot next to the pci slots. I am not sure if the problem is just the card or the system board. I thought I would try to replace the card first, I am not sure if I can switch to a pci card or if I have to install a similar card in the agp slot.
The machine powers up and the light is on on the board.
Any ideas and should I be able to use any card, just to find out if it is video or system board?
 

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VWM8534 said:

I have a friend whose computer went down. All I know is they were playing a game and heard a pop and it went blank. I opened the case and saw the video card had a burn mark on it. The card was a Radeon 9600 Pro Advantage 256 MB V/D/VO. It was installed in what I believe to be called the AGP slot next to the pci slots. I am not sure if the problem is just the card or the system board. I thought I would try to replace the card first, I am not sure if I can switch to a pci card or if I have to install a similar card in the agp slot.
The machine powers up and the light is on on the board.
Any ideas and should I be able to use any card, just to find out if it is video or system board?Click to expand...
Hi...
Yes, you can install an older AGP card if you want to do some testing. It is recommended that you install an older card though for the possibility of the card being short circuited or something similar.
You can also install an older PCI card for the needs of your test. In that case keep in mind that even if the system works (indicating that the motherboard is ok) the AGP slot can be damaged anyway.
In most motherboards you get warning sounds if any computer subsystem like the graphics card failed. Did you hear any sounds?
 

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I was just wondering. What is a good video card for a PC that won't cost too much money, but doesn't suck. I am running a Dell, what model, I am not sure. Its only a year old, thats all I know for sure. It's a stock PC except I have upgraded the RAM to 1.25 GB. I think it has a 2.55 GH processor, not a Core Duo or anything like that. I think it is an AMD but I am not too certain on that. I hope that is all the info that you guys need to help me out. Thanks a ton!
 

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Sorry wrong part of the forums NVM
 

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Recently picked up a Dell GX280 that had a X300 Radeon 64mb card with DVI plug. Since I don't have an adapter, I took the card out and used the onboard video. Works fine, but I'm a little confused. The onboard video is listed as ATI 128 mb. The PCI-E card I took out is a 64 mb memory. Why would someone spend the money to put this in unless it was better than the onboard video? I'm sure there is something I don't know about allocation of system memory or something. Am I better off getting an adapter and using the Radeon card, or just stay with the onboard?
 

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i have a ECS P4VMM2 motherboard, Pentium 4 2.26ghz, 1gig ddr ram, 40 gig hdd
I'm planning to turn my pc into a gaming pc.

i want to know what video card does my motherboard support and what other upgrades do i need?

hoping for a quick responce.
 

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Lol, I don't know what kind of games you're aiming to play with that beast but you're not going to touch anything recent, such as Crysis.

Your motherboard supports AGP 4x.

You're best off pulling a major overhaul, upgrading at least the motherboard, CPU, RAM and PSU along with the VPU. At which point you might be forced into upgrading your storage/optical devices unless you're going to invest in an expansion card with ATA host adapters.Click to expand...

Congrats on 1600 posts.
 

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can anyone give me ideas of a cheap psu that is efficient, and what tempature should my video card run at?
SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

M2N32-SLI Deluxe/Wireless Edition
 

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dust you haven't given us anything to go on. PSUs aren't all equal and motherboards and PSUs have to be compatible. Secondly your asking about video cards without sharing what type or kind your running. Fill in the missing info so we can help. Thanks Jazz
 

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Hi guys, wanted to ask something about these new vid cards that are out, I use a 9200 ati card that has a tuner built in but its agp, been wanting to upgrade. Thing i dont understand are pci express cards, I only have +2400 athlon and i think its only a regular pci slot(. I wanted to buy a card from newegg for only 120 $$ it was a 6600 nvid card, thought it was cheap but its only pci express. Would it work on my mobo. Its a 266fsb socket A K-7 M811 series has 5 pci slots. Was thinking of getting

PROLINK Geforce 6600 PV-N43ET(256KD) Video Card - Retail
* Geforce 6600
* 256MB DDR
* PCI Express x16
or
* GIGABYTE GV-NX66T128D Geforce 6600GT
* 128MB 128-bit GDDR3
* PCI Express x16 Video Card
If it was possible to install it on my board.

Another thing, could someone tell me how is the video card food chain is? from worse to best or any site lists them.
 

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