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Please help me upgrade my Creative video card driver...

Q: Please help me upgrade my Creative video card driver...


Ever since I had to re-install Windows XP, my video card hasn't been performing as well as it used to. Any graphics-heavy games or even screensavers just run terribly. I have an nVIDIA RIVA TNT2/TNT2 PRO, and I've read online that the Creative Labs RIVA TNT2 driver ver. 44.04 for XP should be the latest and best driver available for it (my current driver is the 44.03 driver from nVIDIA's driver page). Note that the 44.03 driver is an .exe file, whereas the 44.04 driver from Creative comes in .zip form, forcing a manual installation...

Anyway, I went to run the Hardware Update Wizard so I could point it to my newly extracted 44.04 driver files and update the driver. My steps were as follows:

1. Display Properties
2. Settings
3. Advanced
4. Adapter
5. Properties
6. Driver
7. Update Driver
8. "Install from a list or specific location" (next)
9. "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install." (next)
10. Have Disk...
11. Browse... (then I point to the folder where I have extracted the driver files, and click OK)
12. Next
13. A window comes up telling me the driver is not Windows Logo verified. I've read that this is supposed to happen. I click "Continue Anyway".

At this point, things seem to be going well, until I get this message:

"Copy Error

Setup cannot copy the file nv4_mini.sy_.

Ensure that the location specified below is correct, or change it and insert 'Creative NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP Driver Library Installation Disk 1' in the drive you specify."

(Note: I do not have any such disk)

I try clicking "Retry", to no avail. I look in the folder, and sure enough, the problematic file is sitting right there. Why the wizard refuses to copy it is beyond me. If I choose "Cancel", I can choose to continue installation without copying that file, but then the same thing happens again with numerous successive files (also sitting right there in the folder...).

I am at a complete loss here. If anyone else has installed the Creative Labs RIVA TNT2 driver ver. 44.04 for XP, or has a clue what is going on here, I would greatly appreciate any and all help. Thanks.

Preferred Solution: Please help me upgrade my Creative video card driver...

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Please help me upgrade my Creative video card driver...

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I have a Visiontek Xtasy 9200 card and believe I need to update the driver, but when I get to the page to download, I am not sure which one to select. Can someone guide me? Here's the page with all the choices: http://www.visiontek.com/

Catalyst 5.12 Drivers - Windows 2000/XP/Media Center Edition
Package Download Ver. Download Link File Size (KB/MB) Date Posted Notes
Catalyst Control Center Package
5.12 Download 54MB 12/09/05 Includes: Display driver, WDM, and Catalyst Control Center
Control Panel Package 5.12 Download 33MB 12/09/05 Includes: Display driver, WDM, and Control Panel
Description Ver. Download Link File Size (KB/MB) Date Posted Notes
ATI Display Driver 5.12 Download
1 of 3
13.1MB 12/09/05 2D/3D Display Driver
Control Panel 5.12 Download
2 of 3 10.9MB 12/09/05 Control Panel
Catalyst Control Center 5.12 Download
2 of 3 32.4MB 12/09/05 Catalyst Control Center
WDM 5.12 Download 5.01MB 12/09/05 For X850 / X800 cards that have Video Capture Chip

For details on this driver, including resolved issues, please review the RELEASE NOTES.

VisionTek recommends Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be installed.
You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
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A:Solved: Video Card Driver Upgrade

ATI has a newer driver out, Catalyst 5.13. Visiontek only posts a link to the same driver that ATI provides so I'd always get the one from the ATI website as it may be newer, as in this case.

Here's the link: https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&questionID=640

They offer two different downloads for the same driver. One is the full package and the other is just broken up into three parts for dial-up users with slow connections.

So you'd want the: High Speed (Cable / DSL) Catalyst Control Center Package Download 1 of 1 34.2 12/21/05 Display and WDM Drivers included in this bundle

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ok- here's the troublemaker-

creative labs annhilator pro
32mb ram
geforce 256
i bought it "as is" a customer return from someone on ebay. paid a dollar for that and about 7 other cards.
this one seems to work- kind of. when i use it in my system, it looks ok until i open a window on my screen, and the more things on the screen, the worse it looks. lots of horizontal lines, fuzzy dark lines all the way across. usually where the text is, that's where the lines appear.
i tried all the drivers i could find, the ones on win update, the ones on the creative site, and the ones on the geforce site too.
none seem to help. no setting changes appear to help either. is there any way to fix this sort of problem? does anyone know what the problem even is?

A:video card creative labs annhilator pro

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I have been trying to get my sound card (Creative X-FI SB0460) to work under windows 7 x64, i have followed both a standard method of installation and the "Have disk" installation both failed, the "have disk" method reports it found driver but encountered an error then, fails with a "code 10" error, "the device cannot start".

It has identified my device as "creative x-fi audio processor(WDM)" rather than just "multimedia audio device", but not installed and drivers.

I have followed others advice in these forums but still cannot get it working, if this is a "terminal" issue and cannot be resolved can you please suggest alternatives sound cards for under $60/?30 please.

Also, why do manufactorers continue to do this? drivers have been a particular issue with the increase in componenets being released, but why does microsoft not kick up a fuss about the issue of driver compatability..... just seems to make microsoft and (creative etc) look incompetant and a lack of willingness to suport legacy and bespoke devices. why isnt this dealt with under windows update?

It also continues to inflate the ego's of all the apple products which just seem to work with new hardware.



A:Creative Sound card driver issue

First, your logic is flawed. It's not Microsoft's responsibility to work with whatever hardware, it's the hardware vendor's responsibility to work with the Operating System. Microsoft gives vendors years to bring their hardware and drivers up to be compatible with new technology systems. At one time Microsoft designed their Operating Systems to be backward compatible with old hardware/software. That is no longer the case.

"It has identified my device as "creative x-fi audio processor(WDM)" rather than just "multimedia audio device". That is the correct identification. The multimedia audio device is only part of the overal sound drivers.

In reference to Apple, they control both the hardware and Operating System thus it better work. However, with the number of problems posted about Mac's that I see on some other forums, I have to conclude the "apple works better" is a myth.

Back to your Xfi problem. Since it's being properly identified, it's back to the Creative drivers. Make sure you are using the correct OS drivers. Normally, Vista drivers will work with Windows 7 but I've seen Creative Xfi devices that must have Windows 7 specific drivers and if there are no Win 7 specific drivers it's time to find a new sound card.

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I thought I would post this since I just came accross it. Dated Oct. 30 /09 Fabe Creative Worldwide Support

A:Creative sound card driver win 7 avalibility chart

Hi all,

I'm posting it because i believe it may help other people. I have an old Creative Sound Blaster Vibra 128 PCI Sound Card and I've recentelly installed Windows 7 on my PC (formerly I had XP). Well, Creative, in its site, says the sound card is discontinued and there is no driver for Vista or 7.

After much searching, I gave up finding a driver. But then i tried the stand-alone driver for Sound Blaster PCI 128 for XP (Creative Worldwide Support) and it worked! Sound is just fine!

For people with discontinued sound cards, maybe this solution will help. The drivers I've tried exclusively for Vibra 128 haven't worked. A generic sound card driver may work, as it did for me.

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My 9 year old has a dell optiplex 755 SFF, he is asking me to upgrade his video card so he can play games like minecraft and some games on steam.
We are on a budget and found this Sapphire radeon 6450 on newegg for $39.99
Will this work in his computer and allow him to play minecraft? steam?

Thanks in advance

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I want to know why this is happening.

I have a Creative Labs Live 5.1 sound card (model E400 I believe). When I set up XP, Microsoft automatically installed a driver for it. I noticed that with this driver, the sound was so loud. I would have my volume at like 10% or so, and it would be at "normal volume". At 30% it would be loud and you get the point...

Then I installed the creative labs driver from 2003 ( the latest one). The sound is WAY lower. With this new driver, to have the same volume as the microsoft one at 10%, this one has to be at 80% or higher. I cannot notice any difference in quality of sound- sounded the same with both drivers...

A:creative labs live! 5.1 sound card driver question

you need a sound engineer with sound wave meter on this one.

sounds like the new driver is running less wattage (current) through the
actual speaker.

like I said a sound engineer in a lab could tell you the difference in the
but I would just enjoy the sound.

how old and what type of speakers are you using.
do they have the base and treble as separate cones????
the new driver probably is taking this into account and is moderating the
wattage going in to each speaker to give a better tone from each speaker.

like in the old days of 8 tracks---
massive stereo speakers that come up to your waist-----little computer speakers sound just as good at no where near
the cost.

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A:Need creative lab ct4780 Sound card driver (for Windows Vista

Follow the links and you can find your driver
Creative Worldwide Support

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Hi, I've been having a couple of weeks of a nasty crashing problem, which started with virtual drivers instability, faulty ram, and overheating graphics card. All factors of those eliminated, and now I am down to multiple crashes of a strange nature.

Specifically, the computer is showing all signs of being healthy and stable, passing all stability tests I threw at it and the memtest for the ramstick. But it crashes, randomly, during video games without regards for the strain on the system by that video game. After asking around, it was determined that the crash isolated to a:

System Error Category (102) Event 1003

Error code 1000008e, parameter1 c0000005, parameter2 f45b7a0f, parameter3 ba4618d8, parameter4 00000000.
According to the guy who examined the only minidump I got from those crashes (I got several, in fact, but this is the only crash that was registered on the system log with a minidump after I put in my single working stick of ram; all others occurred at what I definitely know to be faulty ram now), the crash was caused specifically by this: (the minidump is in the attachment if anyone cares to look at it)


Which I was told a driver for the SB0090 Audigy Platinum Sound Card I have in my computer. I tried removing the remnants of the driver fully, using first the control panel, then the device manager, then my software CD with a setup utility that supposedly removes all creative related drivers.

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A:Creative SB0090 Audigy Platinum Sound Card driver trouble

My guess is that your memory is inadequate for the job. You will do better with 1 GB, or more, and perhaps faster memory.
That board will handle 2 GB, so the more the better. Especially when gaming.

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recently I have wanted to get into video editing and I decided to try out a few different video editing software tools. I tried windows movie maker 2.6 first and it kept skipping when I would preview clips and freezing. The same thing is happening with the trial version of adobe's premiere elements 9 trial version. For adobe, it told me to download the latest video driver that was compatible so i did and it allowed me to see my videos and use it a little bit but it would not be able to keep up and would freeze occasionally. Does this have to do with my graphics card? This is what I could find of my computers information (i typed dxdiag in run):


Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (6.1, Build 7600)
System Manufacturer: TOSHIBA
System model: Satellite A505
BIOS: InsydeH20 Version 1.20
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~1.6GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX11

And I guess this is my graphics card:

Name: NVIDIA GeForce 310M
Chip Type: Geforce 310M
DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
Approx. Total Memory: 2256 MB
Current Display mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)

If anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

P.s. I'm not very computer savvy so keep that in mind :-/

A:Wondering if I should upgrade video card for video editing software

yes the graphics card seems to be the weak link in your setup, you could try searching for msi afterburner to try to overclock your graphics card but failing that i would upgrade your graphics card

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So I've owned this alienware m17x r3 (Intel Core i7-2670QM // Radeon HD 6870M // 4 GB DDR3) for about 5 months now, and just recently it has started crashing immediately on startup, either when it reaches the login page for windows or soon after. There is no BSOD, I've used WhoCrashed and made sure dump files are enabled and nothing comes up. I've tried installing several different versions of AMD's drivers for the HD 6870M I have but none work. I've run a system diagnostic test through advanced startup options and there are no errors.

It works fine with no drivers installed or if I boot in safe mode, but I am at my wit's end here trying to get my system back in to working order. I've already tried reinstalling a fresh version of windows 7, and fully cleaning my drivers and reinstalling them and nothing is a permanent fix. I have gotten 2 blue screens, both of which were 0x7E, with the cause being the C:\Windows\system32\drivers\atikmpag.sys file, but as I am just learning the ropes of this stuff I have no idea where to go from here. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

A:Video card/video card driver issues

Time to call Dell and get it warranty serviced, if you reloaded Windows and it still persists then its a hardware issue that needs to be addressed/repaired by the manufacturer.

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I have recently purchased Dell Monitor S2240T. It is full HD Monitor with touch interface.
I have windows 10 OS installed on my Dell Laptop, Inspiron 640M(2006 Model). Not having the HDMI or DVI ports on my laptop.  
Other Laptop Specification:
Genuine Intel CPU, T2050, Dual Core processor 1.60Ghz*2, 3GB RAM, 32 bit Operative system, x86-based Processor, 14.1" WXGA+ Ultra Sharp TFT Laptop Display, Intel(R) Media Accelerator 950 Graphics upto 224MB shared system Memory, Intel 945GM Chipset.

In order to get full Resolution of 1920*[email protected], I need to Install the windows 10 Chipset driver and video card driver. Right now the resolution is 1024*[email protected]
Kindly help me to resolve the issue so that I can get, full use of Newly bought monitor. Otherwise screen is blurry, whitish and pages open like spreaaad-sheet.
Please provide me link to download the aforesaid drivers or kindly suggest any other option to get 1920*1080 resolution.

A:Windows 10 chipset driver and video card driver for Dell Inspiron 640M - 2006 model

You will not get win 10 video or chipset drivers for the old laptop since they don't exist, so you have to make do with lower resolutions on the new monitor. Touch will not work on the old laptop. Time to upgrade to a new computer!

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I have an e Machine T-series with Ati Radeon xpress 200 series. recently the borders and text in any window started becoming very "fuzzy looking", making it very difficult to read text.. I tried the system recovery with no change. Should I try to update the video drivers from a a download site or, replace the card on the board? plz help, I cant afford a new computer. thanks so much.

A:Updating video driver vs replacing video card

if this has degraded overtime and was not fixed with a restore of the system it's probably a hardware issue and won't be fixed by a driver update. Have you checked to be sure it's not the monitor? Do you have another video card you can try just to see if that fixes the issue?

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I need a blind walk-thru to disable onboard video. The onboard VGA port is physically broken off. I purchased a NVIDA GeForce GT 610 PCI-e x16 and installed. When pc is turned on, I can hear pc normal boot up sounds and hard drive activity. But no picture thru new video. Hooking to onboard video is not an option. Please help!

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well i have a sony vaio pcv-rs720g and well i went to the site to find the drivers for sound and video i couldn't can someone please be kind enough and help me out? this was my friends pc he bought it 4 month ago and few days ago i bought it from him for a good price of 300$ and today i put a new operating system on it and well i need the sound and video drivers.

A:Help please! my video card and sound card cant find the driver

The system uses an Intel 915 chipset and it has integrated video. So download and install the latest chipset drivers first and then the GMA 900 graphics drivers.

From this site you need downloads number 3 and number 4, no other ones: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/fil...XP+Home+Edition&lang=eng&strOSs=45&submit=Go!

The Intel Network card drivers should be this set: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...&OSFullName=Windows* XP Home Edition&lang=eng

And it appears it has a Realtek HD Codec: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads...=3&GetDown=false#High Definition Audio Codecs

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So i have pretty much figured out that it has onboard video right it is a new pavilion the 1ghz one, so I also noticed there is no AGP slot, so what now, he will have to run a PCI based card right would this be worth it??

A:buddy has HP wants to upgrade to better video card..well theres no card there anyway

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Hp g6-2320tx windows 8-64 bit.when i buy my laptop it was windows 8.some days ago i downgrade windows 8 to windows 7.i download all the windows 7 64 bit driver from hp official site.including graphic driver.but now i want to recent update verson graphic driver1.(Radeon (TM) HD 7670M)2.(Intel (R)HD graphics 4000)plzz send me link where i download update verson those two graphic driver.plzzsorry for my bad englishplzz help

A:Upgrade video driver

I know its old but here is the explanation of the driver: This package provides the AMD High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver and Catalyst Control Center for supported notebook models that are running a supported operating system. For notebooks with switchable graphics modes, this package includes drivers for both graphics processing units (GPUs). Switchable graphics enable users to switch between a power-saving graphics mode (normally used under battery power) and a high-performance graphics mode.  This driver works with Windows 7 and switchable graphics. Other drivers will just cause you problems.  

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Hi. I've read through some threads in the games forum, where people have recommended upgrading the video drivers to solve gaming problems. Recently I got Diablo II, and it wouldn't play with Direct3D settings (even though DirectX tests say that it's fine), so I decided to upgrade the driver.

Following instructions, I downloaded the driver program and saved it to desktop, then uninstalled the driver for my video card. Windows restarted...then reinstalled the old driver. I've tried booting into Safe Mode to perform the upgrade, with the same results. How can I solve this?

Thanks in advance.

PS. Sorry if this is the wrong forum for this message. I figured it's more a driver problem than a game problem.

A:Video driver upgrade help

What results are you having?
Anyway, uninstall the old driver, reboot, try the new driver.
You may need all the windows updates if you are running windows XP this would include SP2 and the .NET framework.

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Hello Everybody! I'm thinking seriously on upgrading my system because i want games to run better, but system it's not too old, what do you suggest, I have a P4 HT 3.4ghz it's a 478 socket and heard 775 it's better so wish to get Dual core or maybe I should go with AMD but not quite familiar of which ones are the best AMD's right now, maybe I should stay with my MOBO and P4, MOBO is a ASUS P4P800 E Deluxe or should I just upgrade my video card I have an ATI AIW 9600XT people say the AIW are not very good cards for gaming, and I really want to improve gaming performance, the problem is I don't have PCI-Express I have the AGP 8x, I think there are still a few good gaming cards for AGP right? what do you suggest? upgrade my video card only or MOBO and Processor also, I would keep everything else, memory, hard drives and PSU will work, suggestions are welcome, I definitely don't have a big budget but better buy something is worth it, for video card i guess something around $200 if i had to buy new MOBO and Processor I'll have to wait a couple of weeks but i really want to boost the quality of my games, so better wait and get somereally good, right now I can't max out the settings of some games and I have some frame skipping and lagging and want to get rid of that, thank you!!!!

A:PC upgrade or Video Card upgrade??

Your cpu is fine, a p4 3.4ghz is good enough for today's games but can you tell us what games you're trying to play?
For a quick upgrade that'll last you ok for a while and give you much better playablity in today's games, I'd just go for a graphics card upgrade, but, if you want the system to last you a while and you can wait a bit then I'd suggest waiting a few months. If you want a future proof games machine (meaning you'll get a year or two of gaming out of it) intel are bringing out a new series of processors, and the next generation of graphics cards are just around the corner too, directx10 cards.
If you're only a casual gamer you could still save some money if you wait, but then again the technology moves so fast you might as well get something that'll be considered decent for a while. I'm actually leaning towards you just getting a new agp graphics card, maybe like thisradeon x850pro. That'd make games look a lot prettier.

Edit: Hang on, forgot all the important stuff :blush: Can you tell us your full system specs, e.g. how much RAM, your mobo, your psu wattage etc.?

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Hey im looking to get a video card for my hp Pavilion a1120n im pretty sure i only have 2 PCI slots open what card should i get for the best price around 100$'s i was aiming for. I mainly use my computer for gaming and if anyone knows i was also looking to buy about 1g more ram this is what i got when i ran a system check for what ram i can use DDR2 PC2-5300. THanks,

A:Need help with video card upgrade

get a ATI Radeon 256MB DDR2 RAM on pci. It runs best on pci but the geforce is alot slower and it isnt very good with older mobo's.. oh and its 79.99 in stores or 40 bucks after rebate sometimes in frys

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I've ATI Radeon HD 4650 which I believe is outdated, I want to buy a XFX HD 6790 1gb because I'm an ATI/AMD fan. I want to know whether this upgrade would be good to BF3 on max. I'd like to know if it's compatible with my computer.

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 661 @ 3.33GHz, 3334 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical

Any comment would be really appreciated, thanks.

A:Upgrade Video Card for my PC

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Once again 'ol computer impaired (me) has come to the table of knowledge looking for advice. I've saved a few dollars (+/- $350) I want to put into my gaming computer. Would I be better off upgrading the video card or MB/CPU?
With my present system would I see any difference if I go from my NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 to an ATI RADEON 9600XT or 9800pro w/256MB? If so I could do that and still have a couple hundred bucks left. I hesitate to dump all my money into a barn-burning video card like ATI 800 and then put it in my aging PC.
Or....I'm looking at a barebone bundle AMD Athlon- 64 XP3000+ with a Gigabyte K8Ns nForce3- 250 new 64 bit CPU supported motherboard and use my existing memory, cards and drives. This will take all my money but the carry-overs can upgraded later.
Thanks for looking....

Present Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp2.030422-1633)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ECS
System Model: K7S5A
BIOS: Version 1.00
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1800+, MMX, 3DNow, ~1.5GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM
Page File: 126MB used, 1124MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (4.09.0000.0902)
Video Card Name: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X

A:What to do... Upgrade video card or MB/CPU?

I say upgrade the CPU and possibly motherboard first.

1800+ for today's games isnt al that great. If u have spare cash, upgrade the video as well. RAM is alright.

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My friend has 499Mghz cpu Compaq Presario. The video card is 3DFX Voodoo3. Can he upgrade or get a new video card? Also he has XP.

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i only have around $30 for a video card, i might even get 15 more to make it $45 if im lucky. i have an old FX5200 running on my new 20" acer monitor and gaming on it is ok but a litlle slow when i go to 1680X1050, soo i need a upgrade soon

A:I need a video card upgrade BAD

What game do you play usually? IMO, this would be a good upgrade from your current card for games like WoW and Counter Strike etc. For heavier games like Prey etc, you'd need a better card.

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Hello, I have upgraded my Pavilion P7-1050t from a G620 to an i7-2600S processor with 8GB of ram. Next I want to upgrade to a dedicated video card and new power supply. The specs state a PCIe x16 expansion slot but does not mention 2.0 or 3.0. I want to make sure I get the best card that I can get maximum usage from. Any suggestions?

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Hi, I am new here. I am trying to get some help on upgrading my video card. I want something that will be good for games. I don't need something overly extravagent, just something that works.
I have a Compaq Presario SR1303WM. According to the specs page http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&dest_page=product&product=447312&dlc=en&docname=c00280659 there are 3 PCI slots available and 1 AGP slot available. Does it matter which one I use?
Does it matter what brand? Does it matter how many MB? There are so many out there, I dont know if only certain ones work for certain computers. Any help/advice would be wonderful.
Thanks in advance!!!

A:Video Card Upgrade

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Ok, so I want to upgrade my videocard(s). Normally this wouldn't be a problem but I'm low on expansion slots and with all the stuff coming out I could use some advice.
Current specs:
cpu:amd fx-62
ram: 4gb OCZ 900mhz ddr2
mobo: asus crosshair SLI 590
HDD's: 5x500GB in raid 5 array - 1x 500GB system disk
soundcard: creative Xtreme gamer Xfi
Videocards: XFX 8400GS (its a placeholder) and
Radeon 7000 (to drive extra monitors - I had some old CRT's laying around)

Now ive got a pretty (~1000$, but I want to get an AMD quad core later) flexible budget, but the expansion slots are a problem.

my mobo has these slots, in this order:
PCI slot
PCIe x16 slot
PCIe x4 slot
PCI slot
PCIe x16 slot
PCI slot
and the cards I currently have are:
Radeon 7000 (PCI)
Geforce 8400 GS (PCIe x16 - Single slot cooler)
creative X-fi Xtreme gamer (PCI)
Highpoint RocketRaid2220 (PCI)
Also, I want to get another Rocketraid 2220 at some point.

And if things weren't complicated enough:
I want to keep my extra monitors - that mean IF i go sli, I need an ATI card to drive my extra monitors. If I get one card (for my main monitor) I could use my 8400GS to run the extra monitors.

I am considering SLI 8800GT's, but these dont have DX10.1 or SM 4.1 support, I know ATI's cards coming out soon do, but I am unclear on how big a deal this is.

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A:Video card upgrade - what to buy?

I would start by getting a motherboard configured more like you need it to be. You really do need a better video card. There are many good PCI or PCI-e cards out there

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I would like to get some opinions on upgrading my current 8mb vanta video card (mother board supports 4X AGP 2.0). I am not a gamer. I do alot of video conversion(dvd, mpeg 1 & 2, vcd, avi) and record from TV. I don't won't to spend more than about $100-$120. I mostly use Win XP and use 1024x768 @32bit on a 19" crt monitor. I am also planning to upgrade my CPU to an Athlon XP 1800 or faster.

A:Video Card Upgrade

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I'm currently running a Compaq Presario Model 7462 (AMD-K6-II, 500Mhz, 256Meg, and a VIA/Trident MVP4 Video card) with Windows XP Pro. So far all is running smoothly.

I have been told my video card could be better and Windows "XP Plus!" tells me that my current card will not support most of the features. I wouldn't mind spending a few bucks to upgrade my video card, but what ard would you suggest?

I don't know what the important specs are on a video card, but here is a web page that specs my current card:


Any input on a good card to upgrade to would be appreciated.

A:Want to Upgrade Video Card

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I have a Radeon X1650 512 MB video card as it is, which gets the job done for most of my games. But some of them I have to run on lower settings and when I check game requirements it is usually the video card that is falling short. So I'm looking to upgrade. I'd prefer something I can get online for less than $100 but I could maybe go a little higher than that. I'd obviously want it to be a significant upgrade.

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Guy's I need advice on which "Budget" Video card to buy.I upgraded a couple of years ago to a ATI Radeon X1300 (Best Buy Closeout) this card can not handle
running DVD movies on my ASUS 22" Widescreen.Any suggestions for PCIe x 16 cards that won't break the bank? Thanks

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go to tomshardwareguide.com and read their tables for your budget to determine what you need. There's a card for every budget out there. Their tables show performance and price ranges.

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Okay hears the deal i play alot of Cs:s and just recently bought 1gb of ram for my comp.
altough it was value ram it still bosted the proformace a good 25fps jump.
my specs are
CPU:intel duo core 2.4ghz
Ram:2GB value ram 1 kingston 1 rendition
Video Card: x1300 dont think its pro or nothing
Power supply: 350watt
OS: Windows Vista Home Prem
Now im thinkin about getting A BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256MB. witch is decently powerfull its a dx10 card and i read somewher you can get the same proformace running a dx9 game with a 7900. witch may be the case but it will still be a jump from the x1300 witch sucks.. im jus wondering if thats a smart choice or should i buy a PS and the 8600?

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I wish to upgrade my video card but i would like to know wehich one will be suitable for my computer. I own a HP pavillion a6600f desktop .. Thanks

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@mskimmykk, welcome back to the forum. This is a difficult task.  Finding a video card that will work with older computers is getting more difficult all of the time.  My suggestion to all members with older computers is, decide which manufacturer you like and contact their Tech Support for help with choosing the best card for your system.  This is the only way that I know to assure that the one you buy will work.  The sellers pay to ship their products to you, but you have to pay to return it if it doesn't work.  Also, you will have to upgrade the power supply unit (PSU).  The PSU is only 250W and newer cards require at least 400W to operate properly. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I would like to upgrade my laptop's video card as it's not meeting my performance needs.  Is this possible with my laptop?

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Hi,Manual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04434142Unfortunately graphics chip is soldered on to the motherboard. You cannot replace or upgrade it like in many consumer notebooks.RegardsVisruth

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Is it possible to upgrade the video card on this model of Envy 17? the Product number is E1P13AV Thanks,

A:Is a Video Card Upgrade Possible

Hi, Unfortunately no, you can't. Actually we can't upgrade video cards for nearly all comsumers laptops. Regards.

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Hello guys! It has been the longest time it seems! So let me go ahead and explain what is up. First time I tried to upgrade this baby I failed miserably. Not lacking skills but got super bad luck with video cards.After almost 4 years I am willing to give this a try again!  Here is my current motherboard for reference: MS-7613 (Iona-GL8E). As it seems it has this things here.  Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)Chipset: Intel H57 ExpressMemory sockets: 4 x DDR3 (all taken by 4GB DDR3-1333 modules)Front side bus speeds: 2.5 GT/s DMIProcessor socket: LGA1156Expansion Slots:1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card (which I hope still works!)3 PCI Express x1 slots1 PCI Express x1 minicard slot It has an Intel Core i3 530 running @ 2.93 GHz with 2 cores. And I have a 2TB backup internal HDD (which is in the process of dying) and had to go back to the 250PSU (I had a Corsair 650W that also died). Writing this it seems like ancient tech now! For the past years I used it only for mid gaming (Windows XP and before era games, SNES and before emulation) and programming (installed Linux and running some scientific image processing software). After failing (and spending some money that I was not willing to spend again) I decided to just leave it like this for the moment. I have been reading wonders about SSD and modern graphic cards. My questions are: Would the SATA version be able to hand... Read more

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Hello I recently built a new computer but used an old pcie x1650 radeon card. The card can play most of my games at decent frame rates. The negative part is that it seems to have a hardware flaw that forces me to put the computer into sleep and wake it up to resolve. its not a driver or motherboard thing as it does the same thing on winxp with a different motherboard.

I would like to buy a new nvidia card for about 250 USD im looking at the GTX 260 or 275 but im not sure what would give me the most performance. My motherboard is sli compatible but i dont want to buy the 2nd now. so im hoping to get one that i could buy a 2nd of the same type later.

thanks for any comments as im really stuck on which to choose.

A:Video card upgrade

A 275 has the advantage over a 260. It's not a massive difference, but a difference nevertheless.

275 SLI will outperform 260 SLI (when/if you go there)

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I am looking for a better gaming experience with BF4 and COD: Ghosts, not looking to top FPS but just to be able to play at max settings at a fair FPS (30). Here are my current specs:

CPU: Core i7 920 at stock and not looking to OC
RAM: 6gb
Video: GTX 560ti

I was thinking of upgrading RAM to 12gb and video to GTX 760 and wait a couple of years to replace the whole system but I am unsure if the CPU will bottleneck the performance of the video card? or if the upgrade will be good enough for the upcoming games 2014-2015?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

A:New rig or upgrade video card and ram?

CPU is fine, RAM is also fine, GPU is also fine.

Do you have the latest GPU drivers? Download from NVIDIA website.

I don't see how you can't get 30fps on High detail at 1920x1080 resolution.

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With the new games demanding more from my video card im going to upgrade, I have a GA-K8NF-9 Gigabyte motherboard and its has DDR RAM I was wondering if i could upgrade my video card to a DDR2 video card, if I can't can you recommend really good video cards that my motherboard can handle perferably from this site http://www.memoryexpress.com/index.php?PageTag=&page=cat&memx_menu=216&SID= but if you have a better video card please post a link.
Thank you.

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Hi there...
I recently bought a Gateway NV5332u laptop from best buy and as I have been an avid gamer for most of my life I would love to improve my performance. For the time being my system has Windows 7 64-bit home, an AMD Athlon II x2(2.0ghz) M300, 3 gb ddr 2 RAM (will be upgrading to 4 gb in a week or so), a 320 gb hard drive, and an AMD 880g with Radeon HD4200 graphics processor with 256 mb dedicated video. I know my video does pull from system memory for excess. I was just wondering if there are any reasonably cheap video cards (150 to 200$) that would help improve my performance.

Thank you very much.

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Are you sure the graphics card is not intergrated. In otherwords Most laptops do not have upgradable Graphics cards, and usually those that do, you would have to buy the Graphics card from the system manufacturer. And looking at the Gateway web site it appears that you may not be able to upgrade your video, but you can install more ram and share more System ram with your video card.

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I have an Envy 700-214, with the mother board video output I can see two monitors at once, I trate to install a third monitor and buy a Nvidia Gforce GT730, but when I install the video card the DVI  outlet is dead and the two outlets fron the computer are off, what do i need to do for activate the DVI outlet from the new video card and activate the mother board outlets with the new video card installed

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Hi, I was wondering, when you upgrade your video card, how do you know if its compatible with your video card and motherboard? I am thinking of upgrading to a radeon 9800 pro, but im not sure if its compatible with Hp pavilion 764n (P4 2.66GHZ, 512 DDR).

Thank you

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I am overwhelmed by the huge selection of video cards available to upgrade my card. I would appreciate a recommendation so that I don't purchase a card that doesn't fit with my system and so that I don't spend more than needed. I want better graphics for screensavers, videos, and maybe some light gaming. Price range around $50-$60. I probably just need to upgrade to 256 MB. ? Any guidance appreciated. Thanks.

Current card: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000
RAM Mem: 1.5 Gig
Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) 3100+ (1800 mhz)
System: ECS nforce 3-A
Win XP, SP2

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Here are some cards that should work with that system (Just to make sure: You do have a PCIe slot, right?)


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So I have a 500-549 desktop PC and I was wondering if its worth it to upgrade my GPU and if it's even possible because unfortunately the r7 240 really sucks. (Taking all things into account like the power supply, how much space I have and the motherboard -  http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=c04555845) I was wondering if there was any graphics card that I could get that could handle newer games and work with my PC or if I should just get a new PC.  I'm open to buying new components but if I need a lot of new stuff then I'll just get a new PC. 

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Should I upgrade? The price for a VisionTek X1650 Pro 512MB AGP graphics card is down to $99.99. I do cad work and I have ATI DTV Wonder for watching digital off-air tv. Right now I have a NVIDIA GeForce FX5600, AGP 8X, 256MB, AMD Athlon 64 3400+, 1GB DDR Ram and 350w. power supply. Will a substantially newer v-card be worth while to me? Will it make a big difference? Now when I watch tv and do cad work at same time I crash alot.

Thanks for any advice,

John B.
Long Beach, CA

A:Video card upgrade?

I would say it's worth the price... BUT it would be a better investment to get a new PC. But if that's not possible then that would be great upgrade.

GeForce FX 5600 vs. Radeon X1650 PRO:


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