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BSOD after video card upgrade

Q: BSOD after video card upgrade

I seem to get this crash while playing COD:MW2 . It does not occur immediately, but only after about a minute or so of playing. It started happening after I installed my HD4870 video card (replacing my HD3450).

I've tried numerous drivers from the latest Catalyst 10.2 rolling back to 9.11. They all crash with BSOD and then forced system reboot.

I've ran the memory/system diagnostics scan via command prompt, and it said no errors found.

Please see my dump file attached. THanks for any advice.
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model GA-790XTA-UD4
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, 3400 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical
Total Physical Memory 4.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.94 GB
Total Virtual Memory 8.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 6.83 GB
Page File Space 4.00 GB

Preferred Solution: BSOD after video card upgrade

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: BSOD after video card upgrade

Quote: Originally Posted by nugentoffer

I seem to get this crash while playing COD:MW2 . It does not occur immediately, but only after about a minute or so of playing. It started happening after I installed my HD4870 video card (replacing my HD3450).

I've tried numerous drivers from the latest Catalyst 10.2 rolling back to 9.11. They all crash with BSOD and then forced system reboot.

I've ran the memory/system diagnostics scan via command prompt, and it said no errors found.

Please see my dump file attached. THanks for any advice.
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model GA-790XTA-UD4
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, 3400 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical
Total Physical Memory 4.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.94 GB
Total Virtual Memory 8.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 6.83 GB
Page File Space 4.00 GB

The cuases of these crashes vary. 2 were from the video driver. 2 were from memory and one was from NTFS.

Since the causes are varied I have a gut feeling that its hardware specifically memory. Therefor I would

download memtestx86 and run for 5 passes
uninstall your video driver , download and install a fresh copy
run a system file check to verify and repair your system files
type cmd in search>right click and run as admin>SFC /SCANNOW
Also if you are overclocking STOP

Le us know the results.


021810-28922-01.dmp 2/18/2010 8:50:06 PM DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x000000d1 fffff880`e7e36ce0 00000000`0000000b 00000000`00000000 fffff880`07d127e3 atipmdag.sys atipmdag.sys+2867e3 x64
021810-19999-01.dmp 2/18/2010 9:04:46 PM KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED 0x0000001e ffffffff`c0000096 fffff800`02c9036d 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 ntoskrnl.exe ntoskrnl.exe+71f00 x64
021810-19453-01.dmp 2/18/2010 9:27:04 PM PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA 0x00000050 fffff800`00cbf54b 00000000`00000008 fffff800`00cbf54b 00000000`00000002 ntoskrnl.exe ntoskrnl.exe+71f00 x64
021810-25740-01.dmp 2/18/2010 10:32:52 PM SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION 0x0000003b 00000000`c0000005 fffff880`012c6c8d fffff880`02165dd0 00000000`00000000 Ntfs.sys Ntfs.sys+74c8d x64
021810-19063-01.dmp 2/18/2010 10:50:52 PM PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA 0x00000050 fffff8a0`422a0b2f 00000000`00000000 fffff800`02f8087d 00000000`00000005 ntoskrnl.exe ntoskrnl.exe+71f00 x64
021810-19344-01.dmp 2/18/2010 11:09:12 PM SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION 0x0000003b 00000000`c0000005 fffff960`000ee9ea fffff880`068c3900 00000000`00000000 win32k.sys win32k.sys+be9ea x64


Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\K\Desktop\New folder\021810-28922-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*d:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02a55000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02c92e50
Debug session time: Thu Feb 18 21:45:13.311 2010 (GMT-5)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:51:06.058
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck D1, {fffff880e7e36ce0, b, 0, fffff88007d127e3}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\atipmdag.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for atipmdag.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atipmdag.sys
Probably caused by : atipmdag.sys ( atipmdag+2867e3 )

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3: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

An attempt was made to access a pageable (or completely invalid) address at an
interrupt request level (IRQL) that is too high. This is usually
caused by drivers using improper addresses.
If kernel debugger is available get stack backtrace.
Arg1: fffff880e7e36ce0, memory referenced
Arg2: 000000000000000b, IRQL
Arg3: 0000000000000000, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation
Arg4: fffff88007d127e3, address which referenced memory

Debugging Details:
READ_ADDRESS: GetPointerFromAddress: unable to read from fffff80002cfd0e0


fffff880`07d127e3 ff5020 call qword ptr [rax+20h]





TRAP_FRAME: fffff88002dfacc0 -- (.trap 0xfffff88002dfacc0)
NOTE: The trap frame does not contain all registers.
Some register values may be zeroed or incorrect.
rax=fffff880e7e36cc0 rbx=0000000000000000 rcx=fffffa800592ca30
rdx=0000000000000000 rsi=0000000000000000 rdi=0000000000000000
rip=fffff88007d127e3 rsp=fffff88002dfae50 rbp=0000000000000001
r8=00000000000004b0 r9=0000000000000001 r10=0000000000000000
r11=fffffa8003eb8c80 r12=0000000000000000 r13=0000000000000000
r14=0000000000000000 r15=0000000000000000
iopl=0 nv up ei pl nz na pe nc
fffff880`07d127e3 ff5020 call qword ptr [rax+20h] ds:0001:fffff880`e7e36ce0=????????????????
Resetting default scope

LAST_CONTROL_TRANSFER: from fffff80002ac6469 to fffff80002ac6f00

fffff880`02dfab78 fffff800`02ac6469 : 00000000`0000000a fffff880`e7e36ce0 00000000`0000000b 00000000`00000000 : nt!KeBugCheckEx
fffff880`02dfab80 fffff800`02ac50e0 : fffffa80`05143680 fffffa80`067f6010 fffffa80`04b06aa0 00000000`00005a1a : nt!KiBugCheckDispatch+0x69
fffff880`02dfacc0 fffff880`07d127e3 : fffffa80`041627b0 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`0612bd60 fffffa80`041627b0 : nt!KiPageFault+0x260
fffff880`02dfae50 fffffa80`041627b0 : 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`0612bd60 fffffa80`041627b0 00000000`0000000b : atipmdag+0x2867e3
fffff880`02dfae58 00000000`00000000 : fffffa80`0612bd60 fffffa80`041627b0 00000000`0000000b fffff880`07cfbc38 : 0xfffffa80`041627b0

fffff880`07d127e3 ff5020 call qword ptr [rax+20h]


SYMBOL_NAME: atipmdag+2867e3


MODULE_NAME: atipmdag

IMAGE_NAME: atipmdag.sys


FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0xD1_atipmdag+2867e3

BUCKET_ID: X64_0xD1_atipmdag+2867e3

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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

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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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A:bsod video scheduler and attempt to reset video card


Lets start with Driver Verifier

Verifier puts extreme stress on the drivers, bad ones will cause BSOD. If we change all those drivers we hope for no more BSODs, If you get no BSODs, then its not a driver and we look to hardware. With verifier on your computer may be a little laggy, but actually..its just doing its work.Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
Driver Verifier runs in the background, "testing" drivers for bugs. If it finds one, a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will result; the corresponding dump file will hopefully show the faulty driver.

Quote: Originally Posted by Capt.Jack Sparrow

Driver Verifier monitors kernel-mode drivers and graphics drivers to detect illegal function calls or actions that might corrupt the system. It can subject the drivers to a variety of stresses and tests to find improper behavior.

Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash, do that repeatedly. The objective here is to get the system to crash because Driver Verifier is stressing the drivers out. If it doesn't crash for you, then let it run for at least 36 hours of continuous operation.

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A:Video Card Upgrade

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so i say go get one, its a decent card and its DX10, and you really can't beat $99 im going to be at the door when they open to get mine ;D

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A:Is this the right video card upgrade

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A:Video Card upgrade

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thank you in advance

A:upgrade video card

Which ones did you buy? Could you have tried to install them wrong side up? When installed in an ATX form factor case and motherboard, the cards hang upside down. If that wasn't it, in what way did it not fit?

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A:Want to upgrade CPU and Video Card

can't help ya . . 933Mhz makes me think its a PIII , could be intergrated graphics... or the famous Geforce MX400 .

since your changing out the mobo , everything goes out the window.
basically want a new computer.

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The 200 watt max on the specs is the maximum power output
of that power supply.
You can upgrade it and will probably need to for a better card.
Maybe something like this.....
and this.........
Should give a decent boost.
Not top of the line of course.

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A:Need help with video card upgrade

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A:Can I upgrade the video card?

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A:Video Card Upgrade Help

You will need at least a 400W power supply with 27A on the +12V rail(s) for the Nvidia 7950 graphics card.

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A:XPS 720 video-card upgrade.

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A:Upgrade video card

more details would probably help out...like what kind of video card you are planning on installing

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Any suggestions?

A:Video Card Upgrade

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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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A:video card upgrade

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Best regards,


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A task pane on the desktop?!? Neither I nor anyone that I know has ever seen anything like this.

Some more oddities:

- After installing the new card & drivers then rebooting, the desktop (& everything else) was unchanged. The altered desktop did not appear until after I shut down, then turned the PC on (the next day).

- Pressing the Win key did not bring up the start panel - I had to left-click the start button.

- The network connections icon no longer appeared in the system tray, even though the 'show icon in notification area when connected' box was still checked. The 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon was similarly missing.

- Even after uninstalling the new card & rolling back the drivers, the task pane on the desktop was still there. It wasn't until after I restored the pre-installation contents of the hard drive from a backup disk image that I waa able to have a normal desktop as well as regain the Windows key functionality and missing icons.

A:Video Card Upgrade

The first problem I see is that you have Spyware; DateManager.

If you want to remove the bar at the top you should be able to right click on it and select Close Toolbar.

A move from a FX5200 to a FX5600 is a marginal upgrade.

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A:Want to Upgrade Video Card

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A:Video Card Upgrade

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Hi Guys, Im new to this site, I know a BIT bout PCs n was jus wonderin:

I have a DELL 8300, P4 3.00GHz, 1GB RAM and a G-Force FX 5200 Video Card.

i want to upgrade my vid card to a radeon 256mb (whatever the latest model is), i have a CRT and a Flat screen (both Analogue Connections),

Is there a way i can put my new redeon in the AGP slot and keep the G-Force in my system (also AGP but convert it to PCI somehow) to run Dual Monitor.
Is it possible to get a type of converter to use one of my PCI slots for the G-force (a kind of Master Slave configuration) with the Radeon.

or if this is not possible: if i use jus one vid card (AGP) preferrably the Radeon and run my 2 monitors off it, will it cause my PC to slow down at all

Thanks in advance

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No, you can only have one AGP card in the system and you can't make it into a PCI card.

Most Radeon cards have the capability to run two monitors so you don't need to use the second card anyway.

The latest and greatest from ATI is the x850 XT Platinum Edition: http://www.ati.com/products/gamer.html but haven't seen for sale yet, but it won't be cheap. Its also only available for PCI-Express and not for AGP and only has DVI connectors. Maybe the X800 would work for you.

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My company has some Dell Dimension 2400, Dell OptiPlex GX60 and Gateway 300L and 300s computers. We want to purchase new video cards for these machines that will support a dual-monitor scenario. Any recommendations on what would be inexpensive but still work well?

It is primarily for users in the office who have to flip back and forth between windows constantly so that we can just extend their desktop to another screen.

Thanks for your help!!!!

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I am going to upgrade from an FX 5200 to an X850 XT PE.
My system specs are: 1 GB RAM/3.0GHZ P4/FX5200
The card that I chose supports AGP 8x which is the only BUS I have.

The manufacturer of the computer is Dell and I was just wondering that if the power supply was too low, would my PC still be okay If I got a new power supply then tried to put the new video card in?

Basically, Is it possible to put the card in, have it not work, then get a new power supply, and have it work(all without damaging the comp)?


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I recently got a newer PC and just looking for something that can run a game with these requirements at max

Here's how my PC looks at the moment:

Just need something that will run this particular game well with 0 frame skip. If I need a better power supply for a suggested card or something else please help me with that as well. Thanks!

A:Looking to upgrade my video card

The XFX 8600GT is available for as little as $50 on Newegg with a rebate, so you might consider that. You'd need a PSU with at least 18A on the +12V rails combined, so if you don't have one, look into it. I've seen the Antec Earthwatts EA430 for around $40 or so on Newegg with free shipping and is an excellent choice.

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Does anyone out there know if you can upgrade the video card on the HP G72 Notebook? The one it has doesn't handle HD video very well, and I'm going to be working with HD video a lot. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Video card upgrade

More than likely not as most notebooks have the video soldered to the motherboard. Even if it is socketed you still have to find one, they aren't like desktop cards that you can get anyplace that sells computer parts.

Would also help to know which G72 you have as HP lists 101 variations of it,

Product search results

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I currently have the Nvidia GeForce 4600 ti AGP(128mb DDR). The computer is a Dell Dimension 8200 with a Pentium 4 processor @ 2.2GHz w/512 K l2 Cache. I am maxed out on RAM with 2Gb. I recently bought Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and found that it won't work. The Video cards recommended are the GeForce 6/7 families. Will one of the Nvidia 6800 series cards work? Am I stuck with cards that have only 128mb of DDR?

A:Need help on Video Card Upgrade

for that game you should definitely get the aegia physx card if you really wanna experience the game it was meant to be played.....

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I have a P4S533-MX, how do i find the best/fastest compatable video card available?

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i recently have been looking into getting a better video card to aid with WoW. the one i have now is what came with my computer, and im sure its not very good. The mother board i have now doesnt have a pci-e slot, only 3 pci slots. ive heard video cards that use a pci-e slot are the best. i was wondering if it would be worth my while to buy a new mother board which has a pci-e slot so i could get a video card that uses a pci-e slot.

i really need help with this.

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For gaming getting PCIe is the best choice. So yes its worth getting a new motherboard.

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On my xps 420 machine, I have a 256mb ati video card.
I'm not too happy with this performance.  
which nvidia card can I upgrade to, preferrably with a lot more RAM?
note, the machine only has a 375W power supply, with SATA connectors. 
thanks in advance!

A:XPS 420- video card upgrade - HELP!

The XPS 410 was supplied by Dell with an 8800GTX and the standard 375W PSU (I'm typing on a machine of this specification), and the PSU is more than adequate, even with XFi, TV tuner card, DVD write and two HDD in RAID0.  Running games at 1680*1050, high quality, all effects enabled, full AA and AF has caused no problems, and the fans don't even pick up noticeably.
If you have a look at web tests for power consumption you'll find that no single GPU card materially beats the power use of the 8800GTX by more than a couple of watts (even though newer high end card are faster), and most actually use less power.
Look at the second graph on this link that shows different cards and the full system power demand whilst on test:
There's other web articles you can search for that show a similar story, but the key point is that GPU card makers' power requirements are simply made up numbers, and chances are that the 375W PSU will run any card that you can get into a 410 or a 420, including monsters like the 9800GX2, or the 4870 X2.  Personally I think that there's not much headroom with the X2 cards, so if I was going for any X2 card from either ATI or Nvidia, then I'd try it with the stock PSU, but accept the risk that I might have to buy a new PSU if I got any suggestions of problems.  Anything less than an 8800GTX i... Read more

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My current system is X51, R2, 4th Gen intel [email protected] (6MB cache, 3.3 Ghz w/Turbo) , GTX 645 w/1g and 240W PSU, 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600M hz (2x4GB).
I want to upgrade my GTX645 to a GTX 750 or 750ti, but I have never done anything like this before. Can someone tell me if these cards will work with my rig and PSU? I only use the rig for gaming, Netflix and some minor work related stuff.

A:X51 R2 video card upgrade

You might get better responses from the alienware forum.

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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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I want to upgrade from my old 64MB video card to a 128MB video card...preferably a GeForce or a Radeon that runs around $50-$70...Any suggestions?

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one of these will do.


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Hi I would like to upgrade the video card on a CQ3220AN .Can any one tell me what cards are appropiate and whats involved other than installing card to slot , power supply etc?

A:video card upgrade

@petlawrie, welcome to the forum. Your best option for finding a video card for your computer because it is older is, choose a manufacturer that you like and contact their Tech Support for help.  They are the experts on their products and will be able to tell you which cards will and will not work.  This will save you money and frustration with ordering a card that doesn't work and you have to return it. 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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Compaq Presario 7000 computer.
Nvidia GeForce2mx video card.

My video card is a 64MB, DDR Ram, TV-Out, PCI type.
Can I upgrade this to a 132MB or 256MB card?

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Hi Guys
I am running XP
I purchased this computer and the video card is not great. It is an Legacy Capture ROOT\MEDIA\MS_MMVCD does anyone know of an an upgrade that I could download for it. I tried the makers site but couldn't make much sense of it.

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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

A:Upgrade Video Card

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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I have an PNY Nvidia GT240 in my Windows 10 machine.
A friend of mine has a 550 Ti for sale.
Outside of more memory ,512 vs 1 Gb, and speed, is there any new features available with the Nvidia 550 Ti over the GT240?

A:Video Card Upgrade

It would depend on a particular manufacturer of those cards. May have more and different connectors for monitors, better cooling etc.

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So I've been using my SLI GTX465 for a little while and I'm very satisfied. But it's time to upgrade again. I was looking for another SLI set up. This time I'm actually considering ATI Cross Fire, however. But the negative input I get sometimes about the drivers and etc is quite a turn off for me considering it's really easy to set up SLI and drivers from Nvidia. I was looking into the 6950s cards which seem to be able to unlock to 6970. Is this easy to accomplish? Are there any risks? On the green side I was looking into a pair of either GTX470s or GTX560 Tis.

Inputs please?

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6950's are quite good without the bios upgrade. And the bios upgrade to 6970 only works on reference designs of the card. If the PCB's are custom and you try upgrading you can damage you card's also voiding your warranty.

On the Nvidia side I would definitely go with 560 Ti's. They perform better than GTX470's and draw less power.

If comparing 6950's to 560 Ti's, the 6950's have a bit better performance and also a higher power draw. I would say go with the one you like more as both set ups should be more than enough for todays games.

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