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Is this a reasonable graphics card?

Question: Is this a reasonable graphics card?

Is this a reasonable graphics card?

ATI RADEON 9800 Pro 256Mb AGP

It will be used with a Gigabyte 8VM800PMD-775 mobo

on a 2.8ghz celeron with 1gb Ram, 200gb hdd



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Answer: Is this a reasonable graphics card?

How much does it cost?
I recommend a 6600GT video card. It should costly almost the same, and you get a lot more performance.

The two bad things are these:

a) You must have a good, quality 300-350 power supply, from a good, well-known manufacturer, with at least 20 A on the 12V rail, in order to have a stable computer.

b) The performance of a 9800 PRO or a 6600GT will be limited by your current CPU (is it a Celeron D or a Celeron?).

Good luck!

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I believe that I have an on-board graphics card installed on my computer. Previously I was able to use Google Earth, but for some unknown reason I was no longer able to use this programme. Various alternatives was advised via Google help and error messages, but none seem to work.My remaining alternative (according to Google) is to get a 'better' graphics card.Any suggestions for a straight forward replacement. Not into high speed gaming or fancy high capacity 3 D's. Something cheap and simple, with possible links would be ideal.Final question: Is it possible to fit an additional graphics card to on-board system!.

Answer:Cheap and reasonable graphics card

Yes it is possible for you to have additional graphics, you will have to disable your onboard graphics once you have a new graphics card.Do you know what expansion slots you have available so that suggestions for graphics cards can be suited to your needs.

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I have installed Windows 7 on my unit, but Sound Blaster 5.1 Live is not compatible. Any suggestions? Thanks

Answer:Reasonable priced Windows 7 sound card

Take a quick look at this post

Sounds like you might be able to download the XP drivers and then right-click and run in compatibility mode using XP SP2 as your choice.

Might be worth a quick try.

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I received the new Thinkpad x61s yesterday, ordered 3 weeks ago. I had chosen the Intel wireless wifi link 4965AGN for it, but when I received it yesterday I found they actually installed a 4965AG. This is shown in all the places: the system information, the device manager, as well as the sticker on the bottom of the laptop. I have created screen shots to show the information, though I don't see anyway to attach the files here. I called Lenovo yesterday as soon as I found the problem. I thought the two obvious solutions would be to either send back the laptop for replacement of the wireless card by IBM/Lenovo, or to have them send me the correct card and I replace it by myself. Since the model is still being offered on sale, they certainly have the 4965AGN card. I was transferred back and forth on the phone between various depts. The last rep yesterday said they couldn't replace the card for me (why? "because it's just not how we do it." Instead they do put the wrong card?), nor can they send me a replacement card (said it would void warranty if I install it myself, which contradicts another rep. Could someone please confirm either way?). He said I had to either return the laptop for refund or get credit for the difference between the two cards. Neither of these is what I would like to accept. And I find it neither reasonable nor necessary. I called them today again. The rep I got today looked at my order and claimed what I ordered was exactly what I have received! He cl... Read more

Answer:Lenovo messed up my wireless card on my new laptop and refuses a reasonable solution?!

I understand your frustration, but there is a thing I don't get it. By the fact that Intel doesn't have pcie network adapter card model 4965AG. They have only 4965AGN, which is the one you are supposed to get, and 3945BG/ABG for 802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g consecutively. I suspect 4965AG is typo or something? but this way it's pretty hard for Lenovo to believe you as well. The question is how you can identify your network card then? If device manager really says that, you may like to update driver.I recommend you get into this card properties in device manager and check for Hardware Ids, for 4965AGN it should be VEN_8086&DEV4230&SUBSYS_11108086. If it's really a wrong one, I don't see that you couldn't get a replacement. The worst case is you may have to ship your unit back to repair center, I guess. note: I'm not related to Lenovo in anyway! I was pissed about their service too/ Edited: I was totally wrong. There is 4965AG. It's basically the same one with 802.11n disabled. However, it's not the same part number. 42T0865, 42T0867, 42T0869, 42T0871, 42T0905 : Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN (11n enabled)42T0873, 42T0875, 42T0877, 42T0879, : Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN (11n disabled) First, you have to check this part number on the box to see if it matches 11n disabled. Then check with your order and it's time to call them again. Message Edited by sipp11 on 01-21-2009 01:56 PM

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hii,   how to install nvidia drivers that has come with driver cd.  I tried but failed to do that show driver is not compatible with hardware?  i couldn't understand that problem ? 

Answer:How to install nVidia Graphics card driver in z570 core i5 2gb Graphics Card

Hi pdayya, Which exact model NVIDIA graphics adapter do you have in your Z570?have you flicked the switch on the front of the laptop? In case of discrete nvidia graphics have a look here... Zehn

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Hi, I have a EVGA e-GeForce 7600GT 256 MB PCIe Video Card which supports the SLI technology allowing me to link up 2 or more graphics cards for greater performance. Now this card has DDR3 memory. I wanted to know if I can link it up with a DDR2 memory graphics card which also supports SLI. If I can, how will this difference affect performance?

Answer:Linking a DDR2 memory graphics card with DDR3 SLI graphics card?

Now this card has DDR3 memoryClick to expand...

Which card?? "A card with DDR3 memory", or "A thingy with a red switch on it" tell us just as much.
But if it's not another 7600 GT you're trying to SLi, just forget it, especially if you're going to buy the other card.

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My graphics display suddenly stopped for my computer. My PC is not even recognising my monitor, I tested my monitor with some other PC's and it is working properly. I though graphics card not working.??

But since my existing graphics card is gone and there is no on board graphics card on my PC I am not able to uninstall existing graphics card and install new one.

Could some one please suggest me what to do in this situation to see some thing in monitor so that in can start doing Uninstall/Installtions.?

Thank you very much for your replies in advance. I really apprecite it.


Answer:How to install graphics card when the existing graphics card in not working.

You could always stick the new one in and boot up in safe mode. Then proceed to uninstall all the remnant drivers. That *shouldn't* cause any problems, but it may be choppy when you boot up.(I've had this happen before, swapping a Riva TNT2 for a GF6600).

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Hi for the last 4 months ive been trying to fix a problem that ive been having with my computer.
about 4 months ago I did a major pc upgrade where i replaced my motherboard, processor, ram, heat sink, power supply and case, the only things I used from the original computer where 2 HDD's, 1 SDD and my AMD radeon HD 6950 2gb.

Now ive have the most strange issue where i can be watching a video off the HDD or surfing the web on youtube etc and not long after I start the activity my computer will turn off like if I had flicked the switch on the back of the power supply and then it boots back up again and will run fine until i start up an activity again and then it does exactly the same thing and reboots, there is no BSOD shown nor Dumps Created.

Ive tried many things to sort this out and have RMA'ed the power supply and the motherboard (the motherboard wasn't a direct replacement as they didn't sell my original board anymore which was a gigabyte ga-x79-ud5, now i have an asus p9x79 deluxe). I have tried only plugging in one HDD/SSD and then tried a spare HDD when that failed, i have tried one ram stick at a time and still nothing.

now heres where it gets strange whilst trying to rule out differnt hardware i switched my AMD card out for a very old 512mb, pcie 1.0 x16 nvidia graphics and since then my computer has been running marvelously i can have it playing videos for hours, days even(although i havent properly tested for days) and not a single problem at all.

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Answer:Random restarts with AMD graphics card but not Nvidia graphics card

Quote: Originally Posted by cannotdisplay64

so i think ive narrowed it down to a driver error with amd and another driver with my new board, a damaged AMD card, a second dodgy power supply or something else that i haven't thought about or discovered yet.

Has anyone else had a similar problem or have any suggetions as im pretty much all out of ideas at this point and its starting to grind my gears that i cant use my expensive new computer as it should be. Any help is appreciated.


P.S. sorry about any spelling or punctuation mistakes made but Im very tired at the time of writing this and will be going to bed

The comparison you are making between GPU brands is pointless as a diagnostic. The MAIN difference I can see is that one card requires external power, and the other one does not. A proper diagnostic would be to test another GPU that requires external power.

I've heard that the specific PSU you bought will sometimes not power all the hardware it is supposed so.
People saying it could barely power a SSD, or even an extra fan.

My thoughts. Try using another PSU, try using a similar GPU. Use your old PSU and see if it still happens for starters.

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Can i install a tv tuner card (psi) and a graphics card (agp) at the same time?
Also how to I disable shared graphics? I am running Windows XP

Answer:TV Tuner Card, Graphics card, Disabling Shared Graphics

RichardB49 said:

Can i install a tv tuner card (psi) and a graphics card (agp) at the same time?
Also how to I disable shared graphics? I am running Windows XPClick to expand...

You sure can!!,not sure what you mean by shared graphics though

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ASUS GT240 graphics card "ERROR CAN NOT FIND GRAPHICS CARD" Can anyone help me with this error message? I can hear the windows startup sound but it shows no display so i plugged the cable into the motherboad and an error box opend wich stated "ERROR CAN NOT FIND GRAPHICS CARD" with no additional information. I searched online and found that asus smart doctor can cause this and they recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the drivers to fix this problem but the pc is not picking up the graphics card to reinstall all the needed drivers. I also found people with the same problem and after they did a clean install of windows7/vista and all the drivers the error box still appeared. Does anyone know how to resolve this problem? Your help will be greatly appreciated.


Do you have the PCIe set as first to initialize in the BIOS? Also, have you tried the card in another slot on the MoBo? Have you tried cleaning out the slot with canned air? Have you tried using a pencil eraser to gently clean the contacts in the GPU where it plugs into the PCIe?

And please, thoroughly fill out your System Specs by clicking on the tab under your post.

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I have new dell with ATI RadeonTM X300.. it supports 2 display mode.. I was wondering is it better to use one graphics card with dual screen.. or having two graphics card on same system. I have extra dual head GeForce FX5500 from my old system.

I am using system for video editing and graphics.

thanks for any help

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Hi i am rishikesh from india wana ask a question is lenovo y410 775754q model having a Integrated graphics if so  is there an option for putting addition graphics card into it. aslo my laptop is geting to much heated up at a very short interval  i am much worried abt it pls give me some suggestions

Answer:Integrated graphics card or Discrete graphics card

Buying a notebook means you have almost no upgrade options. You can't upgrade your video.Dust inside causes overheat. So also does the airflow blocking - like holding laptop on you knees.

//help will save the world

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I have an HP desktop, with Windows XP, and an AMD 64 X2 dual core processor with an on board graphics card (which supports one monitor). I added an add-on graphics card (which supports 2 monitors), but had to disable the on-board video card to do so. Is there any way to use/enable both graphics cards so I can view 3 monitors at the same time?

Answer:can I use onboard graphics card AND add on graphics card simultaneously?

I don't think so... I wanted the same thing but ended up disabling my on board graphic card... But maybe I'm wrong...

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I just installed my graphics card and it hasnt changed performance much. My intregrated card uses 128mb ram I think. I have 768mb ram and it still says 640mb ram after installing the new card it did not free it up. I guess the old controller is messing with it?

In the device manager I disabled the display adapter before installing the new card. However it was a nvidia controller and there is lots of nvidia stuff in the device manager
since my new card is using nvidia software also I really dont know what else to to disable or uninstall.
The display adapter is now the new card that part is working I guess

The card I just installed is 3d fuzion Specifications
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX 4000
Bus Type: PCI
Memory: 128MB

here is the link to more specifications

These are the specifications on my computer

Microsoft windows xp home edition version 2002 service pack 2
Emachines T6528
AMD Athlon 64 processor
2.21 ghz
it says 640mb ram tho I have 512mb and 256mb rams sticks in it.

Answer:My intregrated graphics card is messing with my new graphics card

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Hey, recently, I have came up with an idea of a fourth monitor, but my GPU (970) supports only three, which ones that I own. It has fourth one but I don't have the right cables for it for now.
I noticed that my motherboard has two open video ports, one being VGA which I needed. So, I tried just plugging it in and seeing what happens but it doesn't seem to work, I have tried looking for results around the internet and BIOS but they don't seem to work. The three monitors which I have plugged into my GPU, work perfectly fine, but, as I said, the motherboard's VGA port doesn't work. I have heard that such thing definitely is possible, but I cannot find out what I need to do.

Does anyone have an answer to this?

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I have a desktop system which is quite old. But it was quite decent to play some of the games infact still now there is not any issues in it.Recently some of the new games stopped working in my desktop. Tekken 7 for example gave me an error which says "graphics card doesn't meet minimum requirements". I dont have quite a powerful graphics card in my system that may be the reason. But surprisingly the same game worked on my office's desktop which was Dell Optiplex 3040 with no graphics card and i5 processor.Here is the snap of my system...Do I need to upgrade the graphics card only or the whole system. If possible I would like to spend my whole budget for decent graphics card if upgrading only it can solve the issue...

Answer:Do I have to upgrade Graphics Card only or the whole Mobo + Graphics Card

I dont see your system specs or a snapshot of system. Knowing model number and make of computer works as well instead of a snapshot if you know that. So what is the system specs of computer info of the system that your thinking about upgrading?Your office computer the Optiplex with the Core i5 is able to handle games because the Integrated Intel HD Graphics are actually not that bad. The Intel HD Graphics can make games playable, but depending on the game they will either play well or play ok, or crawl with low frame rate. The error message your getting is that the game tests the hardware before it runs and due to GPU being to old it will abort and give up this message. The good thing is that most desktops have a PCI Express slot available to add a video card. The video card to add depends on if its a small form factor type of computer or small tower where card dimensions might be an issue was well as what you have for a power supply and what type of card you want to add to just be able to play the games or do you want the higher end performance such as from a nVidia GTX GPU card where you might have to also upgrade the power supply to handle the heavier load of the system. Lastly some games are GPU intensive, but happy with 1 or 2 cores of a CPU. Are there any other games other than Tekken 7 that dont play that you would like to play? As well as any games your considering buying in the future to where we need to make sure you dont under upgrade your system and end up ha... Read more

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Hey, recently, I have came up with an idea of a fourth monitor, but my GPU (970) supports only three, which ones that I own. It has fourth one but I don't have the right cables for it for now.
I noticed that my motherboard has two open video ports, one being VGA which I needed. So, I tried just plugging it in and seeing what happens but it doesn't seem to work, I have tried looking for results around the internet and BIOS but they don't seem to work. The three monitors which I have plugged into my GPU, work perfectly fine, but, as I said, the motherboard's VGA port doesn't work. I have heard that such thing definitely is possible, but I cannot find out what I need to do.

Does anyone have an answer to this?

Answer:Z97 Use Integrated graphics card along with external graphics card.

There are two different z97 models by ASUS, as far as I know. One is z97 A and the ohther is z97 K. Make it sure which one is your. Then go to ASUS's website and download the Intel Graphics driver for your particular model.

If the proper driver is assigned, and the BIOS is not blocking the integrated graphics, then the monitor plugged in to the motherboard's end should work.

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Answer:Should a CPU's fan spin even with a dead graphics card/no graphics card?

QuoteNow for all I know this is what is suppose to happen, that without a graphics card the mobo doesn't start the boot sequence at all.Do you have onboard graphics?Does the 8800 GTX still work even though the fan is stuck? If so, then you know your mobo and CPU are OK.

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If my motherboard currently has an intigrated graphics card, but has a PCI-E slot, do I need to do anything special after inserteing my graphics card and installing the drivers, or should it just work right away?

Answer:How do you switch from an integrated graphics card to an "external" graphics card?

Most modern PCs will detect the new installation of the PCI graphics card and automatically disable the onboard graphics, so yes it should just work.

If for some reason you have problems, you may have to make a change in the bios, I cannot be more specific because each bios is different depending on manufacturer, and model of the motherboard.

Install the card, connect your monitor to it and boot up, when you get into Windows install the driver and reboot.

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in attempting to update AVG to the 2011 version click here but have reached a point where I am now looking for a competent replacement. I know there are several around but having not used them I would appreciate information on the experience of others.I am considering Comodo and Avast at this stage but any advice would be welcome.Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:I have been more than reasonable

We have been using MS security essentials and windows own firewall since we purchased a lap top seems to work very well no problems and does not slow the l/top down. will be changing over the desk top next as this works well.

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Hey everyone, I'm in dire need of some help with my PC. The computer turns on fine, and boots up (can hear the windows start up tune) but I can't see anything on the monitor. Here's the details:

I was playing a computer game on friday, and during that it crashed. I have no idea if this is when things started or not, but I restarted and it was fine.

On sunday I had another crash, only the screen flickered once or twice and there were green pixel lines going from top to bottom of the monitor , about 2 inches apart in a perfect pattern. When I restarted, there were no graphics on the monitor. The light was flashing indicating it was on power saving mode.

I took the computer apart, unplugged everything, and put it all back together, and for whatever reason it worked fine for about 6 hours.

The next day I turned the computer on, and it loaded fine, but shortly after there was the return of the green pixel lines, with the added addition of the top left corner of the screen being filled with green pixelated triangles in a perfect pattern. These were flickering furiosly.

I tried restarting my computer, and again I got no graphics posted to the monitor. However the computer booted up fine, and I heard the start up tune, and 5 minutes later I shut it down by pressing the "Power Off" button on my keyboard.

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Answer:Graphics card doesn't post any graphics to my monitor, computer boots up fine

Its usually just the graphics cards, they do fail especially if they overheat - then video card fan not speeding up might have been the problem - most are dynamic and should actually speed up under load. Depending on the manufacturer of your 8800GTX you might be able to get it replaced under warranty if they have a 3 year or greater warranty.

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I tried everything,installed the drivers for my AMD,disabled the drivers for Intel (it switched to microsoft basic graphics instead of the AMD),couldn't find anything in BIOS however...if anyone got some advice,please share it with me because I can't take low FPS in games anymore when I got a laptop with such good specs.

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How to reproduce (occassionally): 1. Have a Lenovo P70 w/ latest Lenovo drivers installed + all Windows updates in place.1.a. have Hybrid Graphics set in BIOS.2. Play some Counter-Strike (or most any game that goes full-screen that relies on the graphics card).3. exit the game.4. be forced to hard-shut down the system because all you get is a black screen (keyboard buttons work but no response from OS). How to not have the problem:Same steps above except for1.a. set graphics mode to use Discrete graphics exclusively.  Are others experiencing this issue? Is this a known issue? 

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My name is Apoorva. I am from India.

Now I would like to know the basic difference in terms of performance for an onboard graphics card and an external graphics card for a Laptop.

What could be a major difference?
Also, for Onboard graphics, it is said on all the branded website that the size of it is upto 384MB shared.

So, say for instance, if I go for an external graphics card for a new laptop which I am planning to purchase and the size of this external graphic card is 256MB or 128MB and as Onboard graphic card already provides 384 MB shared memory, therefore the question is that how could that external graphics card sizing 256 MB deliver better performance as compared to Onbard graphics which sizes 384 MB shared?

Also, how are the new laptops launched by HP in India in terms of performance, mobility & stability?
The Laptop which I am looking for falls under 6700 series and is a business series laptop.
Waiting eagerly for a reply...

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Some games when played use the Integrated Graphics card instead of my NVIDIA. How can I SAFELY disable my Intel HD Graphics 4600 Integrated Graphics Card?   Thanks

Answer:510p How to safely disable Intel HD Graphics 4600 Integrated Graphics Card

In the Nvidia control panel go to the manage 3D settings. There is a pull down menu in there under global settings and choose the Nvidia GPU. This will use the 750m for all 3D applications. 

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Does anyone know a good Graphics card for use for medium gaming, but mostly on using Adobe Software, for example, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Please find below link to Upgrade options I'm looking at for my old PC:

Recomended the entry level 6600GT lineup for Gaming

I'll list too, in case break in link:

Processor: Athlon 64 3000
Heatsink and Fan: Original Manufacturer
Memory: 1x 512MB 184 PIN 2.5V 400MHZ
Motherboard: NF4UK8AA-8EKRS
Socket Type: 939
Memory Slots: 4x DDR
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce4 (CK8-04) Ultra
AGP Slots N/A
16x PCI-Express Slots 1
1x PCI-Express Slots 2
PCI Slots: 4
CNR Slots: N/A
Onboard Sound: 7.1 channel AC97 (Realtek)
LAN: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) MAC + PHY (Vitesse)
Onboard Graphics: No
USB Ports: 4
Parallel Ports: 1
Serial Ports: 1
Form Factor: ATX

Look forward to hearing on your advise, Best Regards

Answer:Whats a Good Graphics card for Gaming and using Adobe Software-Graphics


I've done a lot of research on this because I built a new system back in August. While I am not much of a gamer, I needed a very good NLE machine. However, the card I chose is quite the gamer card but had all the extras I needed to run Adobe Video Collection.

I picked the Connect 3D Radeon X850XT Platinum card from Tigerdirect. At the time it was $350 but I know it's cheaper now. It's got everything you need for a demanding application like Premiere Pro 1.5 and its related software. 256MB of GDDR3 memory and dual DVI outs. I highly recommend this card. I've been using it since the start of September with Adobe and it's great.

Your CPU and memory are a bit more of an important factor with rendering and burning though. My new PC has a 3.4Ghz P4 and 2GB of 533Mhz dual channel RAM. It's an exceptional increase in speed and productivity over my old 2.4Ghz and 512 Rambus.

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Specifications:Intel H55 Mobo4x 1GB Corsair DDR3-1333 ValueRamIntel i5 750 CPU with Zalman CNPS5 CPU coolerLeadtek GTS 250 512MBWindows 7 ultimate 64bitGigabyte 585watt (Model: GE-585A-C2)Load temperatures:CPU: 45 CelsiusGraphics 58 CelsiusProblem:In games: Screen starts to go black after a while and then flashes back to game... Keeps on doing this more frequently and for longer if you keep on playing. When you come back there is normally a graphics glitch like a small line of blurred graphics for a second and then it goes back to normal. This happens more frequently in graphics intensive games.[Happens the quickest in Racing game: GRID]What I've tried:*Installed new CPU cooler(ZALMAN mentioned above), CPU temp was running bit high.*Dusted components/ fans*Checked all the connections. *Installed latest drivers for graphics card (from leadtek and then tried latest from nvidia.)*Uninstalled Intel TurboBoost*Did windows updatesI suspect that it is my graphics card. I'm considering taking it to the place I bought it and asking them to take a look at the card since it is still under warranty.Any other suggestions/ Advice??

Answer:Flashing Black screen in graphics intensive games (Graphics card?)

If it is still under warranty i woulld not hesitate to return it for a replacement...

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I want to reduce power consumption and was wonder if I could switch from the deditcated Nvidia 8600M GT to the integrated graphics? Having the card on while just web surfing, I only get 2 to 2:30 hours.

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hello everybody, my name is Brian, I own a dell xps 13 (9350) purchased in 2017, but its the 2016 model with intel iris 540 graphics, its also the model with the QHD+ touch-screen, 3200x1800 resolution.
not sure if it matters what else the system has spec-wise, but ill include that also.

My question is in regards to the colors, and what this screen is producing picture/video quality-wise when I'm viewing colorful photos, or watching videos with colors on youtube;

I've watched quite a handful of videos on youtube about the dell xps 13, and a lot of them suggest that this laptop comes "a touch off" in terms of color gamma and/or color accuracy - whatever that means, but they say the xps 13 out of the box, with no settings adjusted other than what dell and intel have done, that the color and screen needs to be calibrated. 

how do I know what to do and how to check if I need it? I mean, everything seems to be good looking, but if its off and I just don't know it, I would like to know how to modify these "said" settings, as I want the most out of my xps 13!

I'm also experimenting with different power-plan settings, trying to configure this machine for the best possible battery-life, and also longevity in overall-life span. meaning I want to preserve this machine in ways possible, without reducing any of the added benefits of having such a high-performing laptop.

I bought this xps 13 from a friend, we actually traded. I gave him my ipad... Read more

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I have a Satellite 1100 with the Intel 82830M Graphics Card. The latest driver is version 14.7 which I have just installed - the Graphics icon in the bottom right corner changes from a multi-coloured square to a blue screen when you install this, and the mouseover text says "Intel(R) Extreme Graphics".

However, since installing this, my display freezes every time I start a game, or if I go into Display Properties & change anything. A hard reboot is then required. Also, the startup process takes 2-3 times as long since this upgrade.

Has anyone else experienced this problem ? Does anyone know of a solution ? I have seen a few posts on other forums about this, including some saying that this issue was caused by XP Service Pack 2. Can anyone confirm this ?

Answer:Problem with latest Graphics driver for Intel 82830M Graphics Card on Satellite 1100


I assume you have installed the graphic card driver from the Intel website and you use NOT a Toshiba graphic driver which was designed especially for the notebook usage.
Well, Toshiba recommend using the Toshiba drivers. In this case you should try to use the recommended graphic driver which you can download from the Toshiba driver page.

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Hello,I can't seem to find specific information about this pc related to this topic. I have a client that wants to have a hdmi port and dual monitor installed. I looked everywhere in the bios settings, I tried using a usb-to-vga adapter & and vga, dvi-d cable & vga (this mirrors both monitors, but cannot extend the display). When I changed the settings on the bios to use the built in graphics, it gives me the option to enable multiple monitors but cannot use my pcie graphic card. If i select to use the pcie graphic card, i cannot use the built in graphic ports or the usb-to-vga adapter (it does not see the other monitor) and also if I use the dvi adpater and the vga it mirrors the display. I'm guessing that the bios does not support dual graphic cards but thought of asking here. The reason the client wants this is to be able to connect a projector using hdmi and to have dual monitors. Any information will be greatly appreaciate it. Thank you.   

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Is there any way to upgrade graphics card in T400 laptop ? At presently, the laptop has  "Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD ", please advise me. Thanks

Answer:Can Graphics Card be upgraded in T400 'Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD' Laptop?

I don't think so

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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing)?

OS: Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3
anti-virus: Avast Free 5.0.418
firewall: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free
anti-malware blocker: SpywareBlaster 4.2
anti-malware scanner / removers: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware
SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000
clean-up utility: Glary Utilities
browser: Internet Explorer 8

Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:

Trusted sites security level: Medium-high
Internet security level: High <-- Medium-high to download^

ActiveX controls and plug-ins:
* Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
* Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disable
* Initialize & script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disable
* Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Enable
* Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting: Enable

* Installation of desktop items: Prompt
* Launching programs and files in an IFRAME: Prompt
* Navigate sub-frames across different domains: Prompt

^ For some reason, IE7 requires me to do this even at a Trusted Site and even with:
1. "require server verification..." unselected, and
2. Security level for Trusted sites zone set at Medium-high.

And if my NetGear WGR614v6 wire... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

Moved your thread to software considering you are not crying out directly for malware removal

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Hi all,

I'm currently looking into buying a new server for the company I'm interning at. The issue is I'm somewhat clueless about IT in general, so I'm concerned an offer I've received for a Dell PowerEdge T430 server which I've pasted below is a rip off. The price I've been quoted is $4020,10.

Here are the specs:
"Server Dell PowerEdge T430 8B, (1)*Intel Xeon E5-2630v4 Processor (2.2GHz, 10C, 25MB, 8.0GT/s QPI, 85W), 32GB (2x16GB) 2400MHz RDIMM, PERC H330, DVD+/-RW, (2)*1TB SATA 6Gbps 7.2k 3.5" HD Hot Plug (up to 8x3.5"HDD), Broadcom 5720 GbE Dual Port on board, IDRAC8 Ent., (2)*750W, No Rails, 3y NBD"

Any advice would be very much appreciated!

Also if it helps the initial uses of the server would be secure data storage, hosting an email service for 12 staff members, and if possible setting up a hybrid disaster recovery solution, for instance linking the service to a cloud based service like Microsoft Azure.

If anyone out there can suggest a cheaper and viable alternative that would be ace!

Best regards,


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Do you think it`s possible?My friends mother is asking me if i can get a PC with the usual extras (ie modem, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc) with reasonably good graphics, cd re-writer, dvd rom, 17" monitor & printer....I`ve been looking but I don`t seem to get [email protected] the moment I`m trying to build another very basic computer for my wifes friend....(she only wants to pay £150---no monitor) & that`s been hard enough.Thank you in advance for any feedback

Answer:Looking for reasonable PC with extras around Ā£400


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Hey all,

I've been running my system under full load for twenty minutes.

I've got RMClock, CPU-Z and ATITool open to monitor, and I'm also using Orthos to stress my RAM and my CPU.


LeadTek 7950GT TDH 256MB -- 90 degrees
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4GHz -- 48 degrees [won't let me overclock yet, it's running at stock speeds with a Zalman heatsink].
Transcend 1066 2 x 1GB -- 64 degrees

These temperatures seem all right for twenty minutes of full load? I'm scrambling to find a VGA heatsink at a local store, but I've been told a graphics card of this power can safely handle temperatures of up to 100 degrees.


Answer:Temperatures Reasonable?

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I put a bios password on my harddrive and it isn't accepting it and it accepts the hdd user password and they the same my hdd Is saying frozen in the bios...I have my dead family member pics on there and music...I can prove it's my harddrive please someone help...I can't erase my stuff off...I also bought a external hard drive case so I can back up my data. I will be off work.....thanks and God blessedited by moderator: Removed phone #

Answer:can someone please help me...I will gladly pay reasonable

No money or phone numbers needed, I'm in Australia.How To Remove, Clear, Reveal, Unlock or Reset BIOS Security Password

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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing practices)?OS:....................................... ...........Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3anti-virus:....................................... ..Avast Free 5.0.418firewall:....................................... ......PC Tools Firewall Plus Free blocker:..........................SpywareBlaste r 4.2anti-malware scanner / removers:..........Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware....................................... ................SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000clean-up utility:..................................Glary Utilities .....Internet Explorer 8Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:* Zone: Trusted sites   * Security level for this zone: Medium-high* Zone: Internet   * Security level for this zone: High <-- Medium-high to download^   * Custom Level button :      * ActiveX controls and plug-ins:         * Download signed ActiveX controls??????????????????????..Prompt         * Download unsigned ActiveX controls????????????????.????..Disable         * Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting?..Disable         * Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins????????????????....?????Enable   ... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

You're fine.

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I keep hearing people who have fairly modern PC's (although perhaps lacking a good graphics card) talking about buying a PS3. I would like to tell them that they should really consider spending $200 to $250 for a new video card and using their PC to play games thereby saving themselves the much larger cost of a PS3.

Is this reasonable advice? If they were to upgrade an Intel P4 (3.2 MHz with adequate memory, hard drive, sound quality, etc.) by buying a fairly good quality video card, would that put the machine into a comparable quality such that it would run most games available for the PC such that it would compare fairly well to those same games running on the PS3?

It doesn't have to be extremely high quality. I'd just like to know if it would be reasonably accurate to say that upgrading a fairly modern PC (with a P4 CPU - not a Celeron) with a good quality video card would put it into roughly the same level of performance for playing games as the PS3.

Answer:Would you consider this advice to be reasonable?

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Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,
I am sorely, at least I think so, of the sound advice that you hand out, on a very regular basis.
I have had an Acer Aspire One 722-C62kk with an 11.6” screen and 4GB for a couple of years. And it has done – and is doing – the job I wanted it to do; namely to take on holidays with us so we can keep in touch with friends whilst on the holiday. But we are just back from 2 weeks in Lanzarote and I must admit that I have found it s-l-o-w. I do not know anything about chips and, therefore, would be very grateful if someone could recommend a notebook with a faster chip in it. This is where I will probably annoy some of you: I would like one that is 5 to 10 times faster!! Also I am not looking for a new notebook – these all seem to come with Windows 10 which I do not like – but a second hand one with Windows 7 preferably 64Bit Home Premium or similar with USB 3.0 port(s). I am quite willing to go to £100, but for a good one am willing to stretch up to £200. If a company that trades in second hand notebooks has options and any of you know a reasonably reliable one that would also be helpful.
I know I am being picky, but at my time of life I am getting more and more specific and that is why I am asking you gentlemen.
Any and all – no matter how rude – replies will be very gratefully received.

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Question: Reasonable prices?

What would be a reasonable price to "reimage" a machine?
(ie wipe off all the trojans/adware/spyware)

Reimage including databackup and a reinstall of the os and drivers.

Data backup being a loose sense of the term and including just music, photos, documents, email, and favorites, and just to be nice also throwing on a few apps that are essential...itunes, aim, firefox, spybot,antivirus of choice.

I know geek squad's prices...and they are...about on par I'd say for the amount of time it takes to do all of the above but what do you guys think?

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I'm having a problem others seem to encouter, but can't get it resolved. I bought a ATI Radeon 600X Pro 256MB/PCI-E card. I have an Emachine T6410 computer with built in ati xpress 200. Specs found here

My problem is after installing the card my computer doesn't recognize the hardware. As soon as I put the card in, my monitor will not work. The computer boots up and the monitor has power, but no picture. The card fan is working...i can hear it. I take the card out and it works fine.

Here is what I have tried:
-Called emachines for support and after disabling my onboard graphics, still doesn't work, they say call ATI
-Tried support from help, they say its the computer
-Tried disabling in BIOS, but it doesn't offer a selection for that. It also does't have a PNP feature. Only first initial display..which I tried on PCIEX
-Plug monitor to both card, and onboard.
-Check MSI website and I do have updated BIOS

I can tell that the onboard graphics are disabled due to large scale print. I tried uninstalling the drivers, but when i turn it on it detects and installs the built in graphics. I just can't get the monitor to work whenever the card is inserted. If it would work I could manually install the hardware and drivers. I'm thinking I need a different BIOS that would let me use PNP and disable onboard graphi... Read more

Answer:Problem installing new graphics card on Emachine/onboard-graphics

An extreme option

As you do have the option of a working computer prior to installing the new card I would back up any files that are important to you..
Then, before I would pay someone else BIG bucks, I would put in the new card and try a fresh install of windows. Force it to recognise your new card. The drivers that Windows will pick should suffice until the install is done and you can then install the card specific drivers from your disk.
This is given ONLY as a choice. I am not sure this will solve your problem but IT IS something this cheap bas____ would try before paying someone else.

Good Luck and check back, maybe someone else will contribute a better idea.

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I usually make a habit of checking Event Viewer (EV) on a regular basis, having installed new drivers and a new graphics card this morning, without a hitch, I decided to check EV since this was a rather big change to the system.

Sure enough there was some new entries. However when I looked into them, they offered little information as to what the problem was. When I used the link to see what online information was available, the Microsoft site came back with no information/fixes for this problem. These errors do not seem to be affecting anything, but I just wanted to know how you folks think I should proceed.

Here are the two errors and what info I could pull from EV:

Device Center -

- System
- Provider
[ Name] DeviceCenter
- EventID 0
[ Qualifiers] 0
Level 2
Task 0
Keywords 0x80000000000000
- TimeCreated
[ SystemTime] 2013-01-28T15:58:54.000000000Z
EventRecordID 6396
Channel Application
Computer PC
- EventData
Unknown Node:#text -->

Second error will be in the next post.

Answer:New Graphics Card new Event Viewer entries (NOT graphics related??)

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\CdRom0.

+ System
- EventData
0E00800001000000000000000B0004C001010000000000000000000008480700000000000000000005B9060000000000FFFF FFFF02000000580000840204000001200612080100000000000004010000000000000000000040538B0A80FAFFFF00000000 0000000010B0830A80FAFFFF000000000000000000000000000000001B000000020000000000000000000000700004000000 000A00000000530000000000000000000000
Binary data:

In Words

0000: 0080000E 00000001 00000000 C004000B
0008: 00000101 00000000 00000000 00074808
0010: 00000000 00000000 0006B905 00000000
0018: FFFFFFFF 00000002 84000058 00000402
0020: 12062001 00000108 00000000 00000104
0028: 00000000 00000000 0A8B5340 FFFFFA80
0030: 00000000 00000000 0A83B010 FFFFFA80
0038: 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
0040: 0000001B 00000002 00000000 00000000
0048: 00040070 0A000000 00000000 00000053
0050: 00000000 00000000

In Bytes

0000: 0E 00 80 00 01 00 00 00 ..?.....
0008: 00 00 00 00 0B 00 04 C0 .......?
0010: 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 08 48 07 00 .....H..
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0028: 05 B9 06 00 00 00 00 00 .?......
0030: FF FF FF FF 02 00 00 00 ????....
0038: 58 00 00 84 02 04 00 00 X..?....
0040: 01 20 06 12 08 01 00 00 . ......
0048: 00 00 00 00 04 01 00 00 ........
0050: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0058: 40 53 8B 0A 80 FA FF FF @S?.????
0060: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
0068: 10 B0 83 0A 80 FA FF F... Read more

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I am Techsavy8 from India.

Now I would like to know the basic difference in terms of performance for an onboard graphics card and a dedicated graphics card for a Laptop.

What could be a major difference?
Also, for Onboard graphics, it is said on all the branded website that the size of it is upto 384MB shared.

So, say for instance, if I go for a dedicated graphics card for a new laptop which I am planning to purchase and the size of this dedicated graphic card is 256MB or 128MB and Onboard graphic card on the other hand provides 384 MB shared memory, therefore the question is that how could that external graphics card sizing 256 MB deliver better performance as compared to Onbard graphics which sizes 384 MB shared?

Also, how are the new laptops launched by HP in India in terms of performance, mobility & stability?
The Laptop which I am looking for falls under 6700 series and is a business series laptop.
Waiting eagerly for a reply...


Answer:Solved: Difference Between Onboard Graphics a Dedicated Graphics Card

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Hi everyone.I have a CPU IBM with tthe following  description: ThinkCentre A51 8136-KYMBased on 8133-34Y: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 531 with HT Technology, 512MB, 40GB 7200RPM S-ATA HDD, PCI Desktop (4x4), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900, 48x CD-ROM, Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet I need to work with 3 monitors, and have bought a GeForce 8400GS graphics card that allow to plug 2 monitors in addition to the integrated graphics card.As far as i have tried, i can't make them work as i pretend.Can anyone help me get to a solution? i have tried some BIOS alternative values in VIDEO configuration, but i can only make work the integrated or the additional; but both togheter, no. I'd really appreciate any Help.  Emilio   

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Hi all,

Video card appears to be reaching the end of the road, with regular crashes of 0x117 type. After extensive attempts to fix it, the conclusion is that the card needs to be replaced.

I plan to acquire a completely new computer when I go overseas in 8 days time. Until then, a band-aid solution occurred to me to last this week: use the onboard graphics integrated in the motherboard instead of the (failing) discrete graphics card.

Some background info:
Motherboard is GA-G31M-ES2L
Graphics card is nVidia 9800GT
Current display interface is DVI connected to graphics card. VGA cable available.

My method is:
1. Update motherboard (GA-G31M-ES2L) drivers.
2. Uninstall discrete graphics card (nVidia 9800GT) drivers.
3. Reboot and access BIOS.
4. Via BIOS, disable graphics card and enable onboard graphics.
5. Save and shutdown.
6. Disconnect DVI monitor cable from graphics card, also from monitor.
7. Connect VGA monitor cable to motherboard, also to monitor.
8. Boot

I would lke your opinion on this planned course of action which potentially could be nigh unfixable.

Answer:Enabling onboard graphics/Disabling graphics card method

That is just how you should do that, it's unremarkable.

Should not be a problem at all, it's routine, you could add another card later and be just fine after disabling on-board again.

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Okay, I'm really depending on you guys to help me out here.
So, my computer is overheating at temps ~above 60C. My Nvidia Geforce GT 335m wont update, from the nvidia download page, nor from device manager. I was just simply updating my drivers from Device Manager, when I went to update my VGA Graphics a screen came up and said an error was encountered with Nvidia GeForce GT 335m. Now device manager says VGA Standard graphics adapter cannot start. Could this be causing overheating? I'm also getting strange crashes in League of Legends since this happened, where I get a Black Screen and need to hard reboot my computer sometimes after games.
Anyway, its like my Nvidia graphics card is "missing" or something. P.S. I also have an under laptop cooling fan.Edit
Also, would restoring to factory settings return my drivers to default again, and possibly fix this problem?
Here are my Computer Specs"

Model:Alienware M11xR2
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU U 250 @ 1.07GHz
Installed RAM: 4.00GB (3.8 usable)
Windows 7 64bit
Display adapters: Intel(R) HD Graphics and Standard VGA graphics adapter

Answer:Overheating, missing graphics card, and VGA graphics adapter not working.

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Hello everyone.

Always been so grateful for the help here - I have a brief and probably rather simple question to ask.

Currently taken the plunge and am building my first PC here! Feeling like I've come a long way to get to this stage.

I was asked if adding a dedicated graphics card (PCIe or AGP) would take some strain off the CPU itself for processing graphics. I know it would open up some space in RAM, but will it relieve the CPU also a little?

Second thing is, would placing a graphics card in an AGP or PCIe slot take up some of the PCI bandwidth from other plain PCI devices? I ask this as the PC will be used for audio production, and the PCI soundcard itself will most likely send and receive a lot of data. I wouldn't want a graphics card 'hogging' any space that way.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I'll be extremely grateful for any advice anyone can give me!

Answer:Quick question - Graphics card relieve CPU over onboard graphics?

adding a dedicated graphics card (PCIe or AGP) would take some strain off the CPU itself for processing graphicsClick to expand...

I don't think so. The graphics must still be processed by the CPU regardless of which type of graphics output you have. Luckily, PCs are designed so that the CPU has to do as little graphics processing as possible. For the most part, this is 'sent' to the GPU for processing. However, adding a separate video card will greatly improve graphical performance (esp. in games) when compared to on board video. This is because the video cards have their own memory dedicated solely to processing video. On board video must share the system memory.

would placing a graphics card in an AGP or PCIe slot take up some of the PCI bandwidth from other plain PCI devices?Click to expand...

No. The PCI slots and the AGP/PCIe slots each have their own bus that run completely independent from each other. I have seen PC's with 4 cards in the PCI slots, and everything ran perfectly smooth. When the PCI cards were removed, there was absolutley no change in performance (a friend of mine and I actually ran some benchmarks 'cuz we thought the same thing a few years ago).

Good luck building that PC!! If you have any questions, we're here for ya!!

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Hi - does anyone know if it is possible to manually control what graphics card to use?   I can set it in the power plan options, but I want to set it manually too. I might need to use internal graphics even if I have power on, or the discrete graphics on battery, and that is not reflected weill in the "timed" options you get through the Power Plan.  There is no way to set it with the Notification Area icon, or through the Nvidia control panel :-/ regardsLars

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Hope someone can be of assistance here (apologies in advance for the stupid questions)Ok I've just bought a 22" widescreen monitor and discovered my onboard graphics don't support widescreen resolutions (ie: 1680x1050). Also, I am getting a second, smaller monitor to set up dual monitorsI have one AGP and one PCI slot available (not PCI Express), very little cash, and lots of questions!1. Which is better (AGP or PCI) and why? I presumed AGP due to the speed and the fact that it's dedicated to graphics, but after googling AGP VS PCI, I found loads of people slating AGP saying they're really unstable, likely to crash your system, etc 2. Are most modern cards likely to support widescreen resolutions?3.1  Will it be easy to run 2 monitors off one card with 2 sockets (ie: 1 x VGA and 1 x DVI)?3.2  And if so is this going to be another factor that determines whether I go for AGP or PCI?3.3  If the answer to 3.1 is "Yes", will I be ok to plug 2 VGA monitors into it via use of the "DVI-VGA adaptor"?4. How does the installation process go? I plug the card in, plug the monitor into it and switch on? Will it be natively recognised or will drivers be needed? And if drivers are needed do you have to add the card first? And if so does the monitor still activate and allow you to see what's going on to install the drivers?

Answer:AGP or PCI graphics card - to replace onboard graphics AND set up dual monitors

I'm not saying they're wrong, but I've never had a problem using AGP graphics cards over PCI based graphics cards, but I'm just one guy, and I've never bought a "cutting edge" card.  I'm guessing people complained about AGP cards due to a variety of issues -- drivers, etc.

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I'm getting about 40 min. running time from my Vaio laptop with NO energy saving features enabled, and frequent HD access. Is this about what you'd expect?

Answer:reasonable battery capacity?

It sound kind of short are old is your battery if more then 2 years it's time for a change.....

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This is NOT a serious problem, just more of an annoyance which is intriguing me.
With 4gb ram, a reasonable dual processor and graphics card, one would expect a reasonably good performance whatever the case.
My automatic startup consists of just Avast AV, Java, and Malwarebytes although l also get additional icons on the taskbar for the Network and Sharing Center and Action Center.
I use Firefox as my main browser.
I also use SuperAntiSpyware, CCleaner, and Defraggler reasonably frequently, so l know that my system is clear of any junk, malware, spyware, and that no viruses are present.
I fire the system up in the morning, bring up Firefox and all is fine, and reasonably quick.
Do a fair amount of downloading using the MiPony download manager to access rapidshare files, but with my crap connection, the max download speed seems to hover around the 280kbs mark.
I may also have two FF sessions on the go, as well as the downloading, so whatever l do after that seems to really slow the system down.
I have even run ConvertX at the same time as all of the above and the system came to a near grinding halt.
Now l know that all of the above are processor/ram hungry but surely with my specs the computer should more than cope?
Maybe l'm missing something obvious or my dual processor system just cannot cope with more than two ram hungry programs running at the same time.
Has anyone got any ideas or do l just have to live with it.

Answer:Any way of speeding up a pc with reasonable specs?

Hello Willy,

You could pick and choose between the options in the tutorial below to try and speed up the performance of your system some.

Optimize Windows 7

Hope this helps some,

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Some folks may have read my other thread... About a Dell laptop that needs $1,000 of repairs 25 months after purchase.MOST products, you would expect to last at least five years before wearing out - washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, should last even longer, and they take serious abuse!... A quick inventory of my house has The same EQ I bought in 9th grade (I won't say how old it is, ahem, but it was Made in USA, and "Tattoo You" and "Moving Pictures" were the new albums I played on it!) A VCR I bought in 1994, playing through A TV I bought in 1990 Guitar amp bought in 1979 Now, I understand that technology becomes obsolete pretty quickly, but really... How long should the hardware last? I had a cassette player go bad after 12+ years - it was a bummer, but 12 years seems reasonable.So, I'd like to open up this question:[size=16]HOW LONG should a piece of computer hardware REASONABLY last?[/size]

Answer:Reasonable Obsolescence - A Survey

Well, that depend on how well made it was... If you got a "cheepie" laptop, then usually, you get what you pay for...[glb]Flame[/glb]

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A long tale of woe that ends with some questions. Please bare with me in the background explanation.

For over a year I've been having occasional flurries of crashes, hangs and (rarely) BSODs. Months would go by with no problem, then dozens of crashes or hangs in a week. The event logs and rare dumps have not been helpful. People here said it sounded like hardware problem, but no diagnostics I ran could find a problem.

I took it to a pc repair shop which could find no hardware problem (and of course it would not crash or hang for them). The suggested (as did people on this forum) that it probably was ZoneAlarm Internet Security. They installed the Kaspersky Internet Security product (for a fee, of course) and said that should fix the problems. 2 days later it froze 3 times and did automatic reboots 5 times.

I took it back. It still wouldn't crash or hang for them. They said Windows probably needed to be reinstalled - that my update from Win7 Home to Pro corrupted something. Rather than mess up the installation again I asked them to do it (for a fee, of course).

During their attempts to reinstall Windows it started crashing for them. They succeeded on their 3rd attempt, ran some more tests, checked the configuration, and found problems with the ram. They said ram I had was incompatible with the mother board and buggy, but the problems could not be detected by the diagnostics. They also said they had to reinstall Windows a 4th time because the 3rd reinstallation ... Read more

Answer:Reasonable explanation for crashes?

OCZ is high quality, but it is also one of the least compatible memories on the market (meaning it works properly with the fewest hardware configurations)
I use it personally and have for years with no complaint. ...and certainly without the problems you describe, though I always verify the motherboard/ram compatibility before I purchase a motherboard.

If the ram is actually bad it can cause any number of seemingly unrelated problems and errors. Since basically everything processes through the ram and it can be only one stick or one specific memory address on a stick that actually causes the problem. It's possible this bad address can go for months without being used until a specific set of circumstances pops up.

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I subscribe to Norton 360 but have got the trojan Antivirus XP 2008 with its annoying porn popups and messages. Via the chat facility, Norton advisors have removed part of the problem remotely but the popups have come back and other irritations, like slow running remain.They have now escalated my call to their virus specialist and want to charge me £70 for a detailed consultation plus check of the PC and clean up. Am I being reasonable thinking that Norton 360 should have stopped the trojan in the first place and it's a bit much having to pay them to clean up. The adviser was quite aggressive saying that I should have this done straight away otherwise I might spread the virus on the internet and my ISP will cut me off.I'd be grateful for views on Norton's stance.

Answer:Antivirus XP & Norton 360 - Reasonable?

Do a quick Google for "Antivirus XP 2008", have a look at the first hit from bleepingcomputer, should be able to sort it yourself.Google is your friend.

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I have four rather old HDDs that are either not recognized by the system or that cause computer shut down when connected.

Is it reasonable to attempt to repair these? It is my understanding that the majority of all HDD failures are electrical and not mechanical. If this is true, then I would conclude that most problems are caused by the replaceable control board on the HD.

BTW I have a circuit board on order to attempt the repair of a 250GByte Seagate HD (a Barracuda 7200.10).

This HD seems to be an ideal candidate for home repair because it immediately shuts down the computer when power is applied. There is a direct short from the HDs' 5 volt input pin to ground. That short circuit exists even when the board is removed from the HD.

Obtaining an exact replacement seems to be the trick. I 'think' I have done that.

Answer:Is It Reasonable/Sensible to Attempt to Repair a HDD

It's not as simple as replacing the PCB on most modern drives, you may also have to move the original ROM chip or firmware that contains the specific drive parameters to the new PCB. Unlike older drives, new drives are all slightly different and unique. With the 7200.10 a PCB swap may work because its an older drive.

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Noticed today that switches with 10 GbE ports are starting to become quite low in price on eBay. Is this a sign that the price is finally starting to move or are these switches junk, lacking features or not usable to attach a server or two and start playing with the speeds?

I'm mostly seeing HP 2900's but there are others too.

edit: maybe there are just rear stacking ports? The fronts must just be sfp 1 GbE?

Answer:10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

ProCurve 2900s have normal gig ports for connecting to clients.

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This morning yet again I found it impossible to open my Broadband although eventually it staggered into life sufficiently for me to open a Broadband Speed check wherein I obtained 55.27 Download and 9 Upload.
Could someone please tell me if that is a good, bad or indifferent speed?
I contacted my Broadband supplier and the system is at the moment great.

Answer:What is a reasonable Broadband speed?

Sorta depends on what you're paying for. Faster than anything I get

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A four month old mid-range factory built computer.Functions exactly as it should, but ignoring the sound advice "If it aint broke don't fix it" i would like it to sound less like a collection of busy fans, which it has!I am prepared to spend some more and replace the PSU, CPU's fan and even the case fan.The video card fan seems blameless, stalling for one moment doesn't change the rushing noise.The PSU is probably the most justifiable replacement. It is a bog standard ATX of 300w.I wonder if click here will do the trick. (5th down the list) the 435W job)?The case fan is a standard affair drawing warm air and pushing it out of the back. It is possibly an 8cm fan (approx 7cm between screws) and draws its power from the mobo.Probably not contributing much windrush but suggestions welcome?The CPU fan sits naked on a sort of 4 legged gantry over a very elaborate dome of fine fins and Intel trade mark. Doesn't seem responsible for much noise, but again, any comments.

Answer:In the name of silence or reasonable quiet

are you positive it aint the graphics cooler as mines noisy as hell! you could always invest in some heat pipes that will cut out most of the noise!

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Hello Everyone, I have a compaq 5wv-280 machine that has an AMD Athlon 900mhz processor in it. I'am able to go as high as a 1.4gig athlon thunderbird processor. My machine has 200mhz (FSB) I see that this processor is pretty expensive yet. Can anyone tell me where i can save a few dollars on one of these? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, E J FITZ

Answer:Looking for a reasonable place to buy a processor.

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I realize that this is a bit of a vague question as it depends on so many things, I would just like a guideline.Pent4 2g/768mem/XPpro/quite a few progs run on startup.How long from pressing the restart to up and running again?Any comments pleaseRay

Answer:What is a reasonable restart time?

About 2 minutes in total here. Four users.If the PC hasn't been shut down or restarted for several days, it takes more time for Windows to shut down all running processes.Once Windows has actually shut down all processes, it takes about 45 seconds for it to go through the restart/boot-up before getting back to the Welcome screen.

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I wanted to hear some opinions about the situation in the office I work in.

Recently we changed accounting software and my advice to change to Office 365 was rejected. Still all 15 employees want their emails to be safe and backed up.
Some employees don't delete their emails, so I end up with approximately 10 GB PST-file size per year per user. Of course I split them year by year. The problem is that they want to keep even pst files from 5 or more years ago. Always available. My idea is now, that I make a one time backup copy of recent years and a daily backup of the actual year.
I made some tries already with EaseUS. But I'm not satisfied.
I'd prefer not to schedule it and leave it up to the employee to decide when to make the backup. So, let's say the employee leaves earlier for some reason why leaving the PC on until 7 pm or so? Also a power cut could prevent that scheduled backup entirely from happening.
Here's a list of what I need the backup software to be able to do:

- Start the whole backup process with a double-click on an icon (on the desktop). EaseUS needs more steps incl. always having to set the Shutdown option manually.
- On the destination file storage or NAS I want to overwrite the previous file, not to create version after version. Or even better: Create a new version but delete the old version afterwards. PSTs are really a hard case since you can't really make incremental backups. I also doubt that some employees will understa... Read more

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I have scanned this site with no results plus tried putting ISP/costs/availabilty in Google to no avail. Can someone suggest an ISP for my daughter who wants one to use from say 8pm to 8am? As she can only access it at these times a 24/7 supply is not wanted. Broadband is not an option because of the cost.

Answer:Reliable ISP at a reasonable cost.

Hi.How about Freeserve Pay As You Go? click here

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I have a H535 and added a PCI GeForce GT610 that will support up to 2 monitors. I can get both onboard and PCI to work using 3 monitors, except when I have to turn off the computer.  Then the onboard graphics card fails to activate.   Here is what I have to do to get it working correctly again (I call it "the shuffle").Turn off computerUnplug PCI cardTurn on computer (boots using onboard graphics)Turn off computerInstall PCI cardTurn on computer Then everything works fine again until I have to turn off the computer at which point I have to do the shuffle again.

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Hi,I've been looking all over the internet to find an answer to my query. I just got the new Elite ThinkPad T500 15.4" widescreen with discrete graphics. I have the ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 with 256mb graphics card on it and I want to know if that card can be upgraded to a better ATI graphics card like the FireGL that is available on the W500 or even the FirePro that is AMD's best graphics accelerator? Also, I am aware that I cannot switch out my GC for another company like NVIDIA, but I just wanted to verify if this information was correct? Lastly, if my GC is soldered on to the motherboard and not upgradeable, what are my other options for better graphics acceleration? Thank You... 2.53 GHz 1066MHz 6MBL2, Windows Vista Business 64, 15.4" WSXGA+TFT wth CCFL, ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 with 256mb,4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM), 160 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, Intel Turbo Memory 2GB, DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer, Ultrabay Slim (Serial ATA), Express Card Slot & Smart Card Reader  

W500 running Windows Vista x64 SP 2, 4GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Discrete Graphics, WUXGA display.

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I just plugged my monitor into the new card (HD4770) and it works, did not disable or uninstall the integrated graphics. the integrated is a NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE chipset. The performance index went higher on paper but other than having better resolution I don't see a huge improvment. I still have video lag trying to watch streaming hd movies and my new camera (Panasonic Lumix ZS7) wont play video in HD over my computer. Must I disable and even uninstall the old integrated graphics too or am I missing something else?

Answer:I just installed a new graphics card, must I disable the old integrated graphics?

Have a look in your bios to see if it has an option to boot from pci-e or intergrated.
What is the motherboard you are using?

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I turned on my pc yesterday and was greeted with "no signal recieved" on my monitor. As my graphics card is getting ons a bit I thought maybe it had died without warning. However after removing it and connecting to the onboard video port im still getting no signal. I've proven the monitor on another pc which was fine and tried the problem pc on another screen which gave a similar no signal message. Im not getting any strange beeps and it sounds as if its booting up ok. I can't see the bios to confirm if i need to change over to onboard video manually even without the graphics card in.
It's a M2N32 sli deluxe board with 8800GTX card so im probably overdue a failure somewhere, but some help to exactly where the problem lies would be greatly appreciated. cheers

Answer:No video signal from graphics card or onboard graphics?

If you aren't getting beeps, it appears that the card and the video chip are okay.
Try a different VGA cable between the monitor and the computer.

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I intend to buy a new laptop - primary use is MS Office, watching movies / live webstreams and browsing. However, I do use it for video editing occasionally using a software called "Pinnacle Studio MovieBox". This software has a reqmnt for "direct x 9 or 10 compatible graphics card with 128 MB"Currently I have HP G42-478TX, which works great. As I look to buy a new laptop, if I go for an i3/i5 intel core processor (windows 8/10) laptop with Integrated graphics card (NO dedicated graphics card), will it be sufficient to run the above software? Or will I need a dedicated NVIDIA type graphics card ?

Answer:Intel Integrated graphics vs Dedicated graphics card ?

I have Pinnacle Studio 15 on my one laptop with a Celeron 1000M 1.8Ghz 2MB L2 Cache and it works just fine for editing etc. I bought one of those RCA capture boxes by Pinnacle and have no complaints. My integrated graphics are a Intel HD2500 I have been told. And i3 or i5 would have better integrated than that of what I have on my laptop.So if your not playing video games, you can go with Integrated, but if you might use it at all for gaming then modern GeForce GPU laptop would be a way to go.Video play on a Geforce based laptop would be better also, better fps and if you plan on connecting HDMI to a TV etc, it will work better than integrated.If your looking to go as cheap as possible the integrated will work according to my weaker Intel CPU/GPU running Pinnacle Studio 15.

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I recently bought a new computer specifically so I could play high end games; I'm not incredibly tech savvy and I'm sure you're all like me in the sense that when you get a new toy (ie, computer) you just want to play the crap out of it.So, low and behold, I try and play one of my favourite games (Team Fortress 2) and the graphics are HORRENDOUS. I then find out that my computer is using integrated graphics- NOT the 100+ quid (UK currency haha) graphics card I bought.I have literally exhausted EVERYTHING I can think of in order to get the thing to show up in my devices.My motheboard is an ASRock Wolfdale 1333-GLAN/M and my graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB.Please help, it's driving me crazy not knowing how to use my graphics card; also, the thing is inserted correctly into my computer [EDIT] Also, I'm using Vista 32 bit!

Answer:My computer won't pick up my graphics card, only integrated graphics. Help?

you need to disable the on-board graphics via your BIOS setup.You also need to plug your monitor into the video card, rather then your on-board output.

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I am trying to install a PCI slot graphics card and the directions say to disable the Integrated Graphics first. I have no idea how to do this and the Gateway email support keep sending me answers to questions I didn?t ask. Also, once I disable the Integrated Graphics will I be able to navigate thru Windows to re-enable them if the graphics card should for whatever reason not work?

My specs:
Model: Gateway E-1800
BIOS: Intel Corp. EA81520A.15A.0009.P06.0109191538 09/19/2001
CPU: Intel Celeron, 1200 MHz
OS version: Windows XP 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
First installed: Sat Aug 13 15:53:40 EDT 2005
Browser: MSIE 6.0; AOL 9.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1
== MEMORY ==
Total RAM: 256MB (BIOS), 255MB (Windows)
Resources: 90 %
Memory slots: 2 total, 0 free (128+128)
== DRIVES ==
C:\ (NTFS) 76316 MB total, 63332 MB free
D:\ (CDFS) 421 MB total, 0 MB free (CD-ROM)
Video: Intel(R) 82815 Graphics Controller(1024x768, 24-bit)
Monitor: PTW 2160

Answer:Disable Integrated Graphics/Install Graphics Card

you'll have to disable it in the bios (i think its either F2, F10, or F12...tap this as soon as you turn your computer on). you'll need to disable it first, shutdown, installing the pci card, then boot up.

sometimes, the onboard graphics card will automatically disable itself when the board detects another video card.

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Lately I have been having graphics problems in games. There are these " artifacts", wierd shapes, triangles, ect that appear and "shot" through my screen. it is hard to explain what it looks like, except that it is NOT normal.

It is hard to say when these appeared. I have recently got a different monitor. It is not new. It is a Dell CRT monitor. I replaced 1 CRT with another because I am cheap .

I have the latest drivers, I think, for my graphics card ( GeForce 5700 LE ). Not great , but not terrible. I play the games with either low or medium settings. I ran a benchmark test that was terrible.

Any ideas as to weather it is the card or monitor?

Answer:Solved: Graphics problem, monitor or graphics card ??

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I intend to buy a new laptop - primary use is MS Office, watching movies / live webstreams and browsing. However, I do use it for video editing occasionally using a software called "Pinnacle Studio MovieBox". This software has a reqmnt for "direct x 9 or 10 compatible graphics card with 128 MB" Currently I have HP G42-478TX, which works great. As I look to buy a new laptop, if I go for an i3/i5 intel core processor (windows 8/10) laptop with Integrated graphics card (NO dedicated graphics card), will it be sufficient to run the above software? Or will I need a dedicated NVIDIA type graphics card ?

Answer:Intel Integrated graphics vs Dedicated graphics card ?

Hi and welcome, arhagar
Even outdated (a bit) laptop with CPU and integrated graphics chip Intel HD 4000 supports DirectX 11. Of course, the memory is shared, its size is more then 128 MB.
So, purchase almost any IvyBridge based on or later laptop, integrated graphics chip might be enough for the basic video editing tasks. It'd be good to choose models with dual channel memory support, 12...16 GB and even more memory installed, depending on the video file size. Also SSD is a must have drive, IMO, so, input/output operations will be not a bottleneck.
Definitely, dedicated graphics chip might increase video editing performance.
To compare different mobile graphics chips take a look at this benchmark list, for example. Do you need significant graphics performance for the video editing tasks only, not for the hi-res video demonstration or gaming? That'd be an answer.

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i am looking to buy a new graphics card to upgrade from the integrated crap that is ati x200 series 64 mb which although i didnt realize really wasnt what i needed to play battlefield 2142 and battlefield 2 so please help me i don have a clue what im doing in this area i have pci-e slots and a £100 budget

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Hello there, I am looking for a dirt cheap, Windows 7 suitable graphics card for use with a PC designed for multimedia purposes (watching films, listening to music etc). I would like to be able to use the full visual effects Windows 7 has to offer. It must have an S-video output and be compatible with the Asus M3A78-CM Motherboard. I have 1 PCI Express x 1 slot free and 2 x PCI 2.2 slots free.

Please provide some suggestions, doesn't have to be brand new.

Either that, or something like the Gadmei XGA/VGA LCD TV BOX. I want to connect my PC with the motherboard mentioned previously to my CRT TV (Panasonic TX-28PL4 Quintrix). The motherboard has onboard graphics via dvi and vga outputs. The TV has an S-VHS plug on the front, as well as RCA Audio/Video sockets. On the rear, it has 1 spare scart input.

What are your thoughts?

Answer:Graphics Card/Onboard Graphics for Media Centre PC

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Hello there, I am looking for a dirt cheap, Windows 7 suitable graphics card for use with a PC designed for multimedia purposes (watching films, listening to music etc). I would like to be able to use the full visual effects Windows 7 has to offer. It must have an S-video output and be compatible with the Asus M3A78-CM Motherboard. I have 1 PCI Express x 1 slot free and 2 x PCI 2.2 slots free.

Please provide some suggestions, doesn't have to be brand new.

Either that, or something like the Gadmei XGA/VGA LCD TV BOX. I want to connect my PC with the motherboard mentioned previously to my CRT TV (Panasonic TX-28PL4 Quintrix). The motherboard has onboard graphics via dvi and vga outputs. The TV has an S-VHS plug on the front, as well as RCA Audio/Video sockets. On the rear, it has 1 spare scart input.

What are your thoughts?

Answer:Graphics Card/Onboard Graphics for Media Centre PC

the graphics card listed in my specs may only be 64MB, but it surprisingly runs aero.
If that seems to be not quite what you're looking for, another card I would recommend is the nvidia 8400GS. It may be 512MB, but thats about as high as it's specs go, but you will need a more powerful PSU (300W+). The 8400GS is about ?30 and a vga to RCA adapter seems to be about ?5 (i recommend you buy the adapter before the card).
The one in my specs just has a VGA port, but the 8400GS has vga, dvi and hdmi (i think the hdmi may need some further cabling in the case, not sure though)

NB (the card listed in my system specs may actually be the GeForce 7200GS, all system information programs tell me that it could be both and there's no sticker on it. all i know for (kinda) certain is that its 64MB )

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What I really want to know is how to disable my Radeon HD 4350 graphics card, so that I can swap to Intel HD on-board graphics.

This is so I can compare the two on their Windows Experience Index.


Answer:How to turn off a graphics card and re-enable the on-board graphics

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I recently purchased an Acer Veriton (M498G) desktop which has an i5-650 processor, Windows 7 Pro (64 bit) and Intel HD Graphics listed as the video card. I also purchased a PNY nVIDIA Quadro FX 380 PCI-E card for improved picture editing and home video viewing and editing. I have already replaced the original 300 wattt power supply to a 430 watt Antec Truepower I had on hand and boosted the RAM to 8 gigs from the original 4.

Question 1) Am I getting any improvement in visual quality or system speed with the Quadro or is it a waste of money and I should just save up to buy a bigger video card? This card was on sale for $115.

If I am getting improvement then I need to ask another question.

Question 2) Instructions for the Quadro installation are as follows...

1--Uninstall the existing VGA driver.
-Remove the existing Display Driver via "Add or Remove Porgrams".
-Shut down your computer.

2--Remove your Existing Graphics Board (or Disable Integrated 3D Graphics Controller).

skipping instructions on how to remove existing graphics board

-Systems with integrated (also know as on-board) 3D graphics may require you to disable the integrated 3D graphics system. Consult the owners or vendor manual that came with your PC on how to properly do this.

So how do I disable the onboard? just uninstall the driver? The only driver I can find on the uninstall menu is "Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver" does this sound correct? I did find the option in BIOS and ... Read more

Answer:how to disable Intel HD Graphics to install PCI-E graphics card

It's likely to be an improvement, but check it and see.
Onboard graphics are disabled in the BIOS (Try looking under "Integrated Peripherals" or something similar.
You probably don't need to do this, but it's nice to know how.

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Hi there, so I just installed windows 7 on my friend's computer. Previously they had a ATI graphics card (not sure which version) but now it says it has a Standard VGA Graphics Adapter. Because of this, the resolution isn't displayed correctly and everything is enlarged. This is very annoying. Can anyone help please?? >-<

Answer:Graphics card missing? Standard VGA Graphics Adapter

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I am thinking about buying a new AGP araphics card. I current ly have SIS Real256E onboard graphics, which are 64mb shared.

I have a free AGP slot and want to install the new card there.

I have read in differnet places that you need to disable the onboard graphics first or sometimes the bios will automatically detext and change it.

I have already been in my bios/cmos and seen that where it says "onboard video memory" it has a list of 16mb,32,64 and 128. This is currently set to 64.

Where it says "Primary display master", it has a choice of 'PCI' or 'VGA/onboard' and this is current ly set to PCI, which really confuses me because I thought this would be set to 'AGP/onboard' because the computer uses onboard graphics.

So, could anyone tell me the steps for me to install a new graphics card under the above conditions.

thanks, from Edd

Answer:INstalling new graphics card and disabling onboard graphics

It look for pci first but if there isn't one it will look for AGP. When you get a new agp card, set it to AGP and install the card.

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I took my heatsink off to clean it for dust and reapplied thermal compound. I seem to have done that part right since my core temperatures are down (it barely touched 50C during a 15 minute CPU Stab test and that's in a warm room) but my graphics card isn't being detected and my onboard graphics isn't starting correctly (according to the device manager). When the computer starts it gives a message to the effect of "didn't post correctly or last boot failed". As far as I know I didn't go near the graphics card and it is definitely still receiving power as the fan's still moving. I haven't used the compuer in months but the last time I used it the graphics card was working.

Any ideas as to how I should proceed? My best guess is that I misapplied the thermal compound (it was my first time and it did not go smoothly) and have damaged the north/southbridge (whichever connects to the GPU).

Answer:Graphics card not working and onboard graphics not starting

You may have bumped your graphics card and it may need reseated.

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Hey everyone.... How r u all??? Nice to meet u all..... ^_^

well my friend bought a laptop it has on board graphics and also a additional nvidia graphics... now when I run game the on board graphics card is getting detected and not the nvidia card.. I tried in bios but in the display part there are only 2 options 1 is optimus whic allows bot nvidia vga and intel vga to work and the other one allows only the intel vga to work... so is there a way to make games recognise nvidia or can I disable onboard graphics through device manager??

laptop model: lenovo ideapad z570
graphics card: Nvidia geforce gt 540m

and one more thing...In one of the game I checked PES 2012 it shows as its using onboard graphics.. and I tried arkham city and tried enabling hardware acceleration physx but it said the laptops hardware doesnt support it....

one more thing I just went to nvidia control panel and in there 3d settings and there global settings its written there preferred graphics processor is integrated graphics.. and I couldnt change it.....

can I disable the onboard graphics card in device manager???


Answer:Solved: On board Graphics Detected not Graphics card

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I've just bought a samsung laptop that has a intel hd 400 and nvidia gt 650 m display adaptor. I would like to see what I'd get in windows experience with the nvidia card but Only runs with the intel hd 400. Have tried going into nvidia control panel and and make the nvidi card the main one. I am using windows 8.

Answer:Graphics graphics card issue in windows experience

Modern Intel systems swap between internal/external graphics processors depending on need, the WEI is hardly a detailed indicator of performance in any case. Get something like 3DMark which will push your system enough to use the dedicated GPU and you'll get a far clearer idea of your computer's performance/speed at the end;

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i have been told 1155 is going away, but i was told that just under a year ago and its not proving to be true. i just came into a little extra money, and am considering the best mother board i could get my hands on for 1155.

this is what i am looking at. and im hoping to get some suggestions and hopfuly hear from someone who has it- - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb&#47;s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Answer:help picking the best reasonable 1155 mobo available

Eventually, all sockets go away, but I haven't heard anything particular about 1155. Are you mistaking that for 1156, which is about gone?

As long as you have a good brand and a little bit of luck, I'd just shop on the basis of desire features and price/support.

What does "best" mean in this context?

That particular board is certainly more than you need for most purposes and would be a waste of money for a typical installation. But you may need each and every one of its features. I don't know.

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Currently I am unemployed and so when I found out that my PC broke (this is a friend's) I was devastated to realize that Windows XP (Pro or HE) both range around $100 for the standard full edition. I am currently running it off of Bart PE but that isn't much help because I can't even view pics or access the internet. My other friend told me however that you can get Windows XP as cheap as $70 for the stripped down, "No Manual, No Colorful Box," edition. Problem is... I can't find this mythical store/site. Is he bluffing or does this place exist (and where?) Thanks heaps

Answer:I need a complete XP Reinstallation... at a reasonable cost

I found it for $89.99 at:

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My nephew suggested recently that I buy some extra memory for my Dell Dimensiion 8250 computer, which is a couple of years old. Knowing that I have Rambus RD-RAM, he searched the Net and told me RD-RAM was both harder to find and more expensive than he expected.

He went to PrimeWatch and found only two websites which had RD-RAM available. Then he went to eBay and told me I could pay $400 for 1G of CD1066 RD-RAM or $256 for 1G of PC 800 RD-RAM.

I have two slots of 256 RD-RAM -- PC 1066, unless I'm mistaken -- which means I have two open slots. My nephew told me I could fill the two open slots with 512 PC 1066, which would give me 1.5 G total. Or, he said, my PC could hold up to 2 G of PC 800 RD-RAM. (All of this terminology is new to me, but my nephew appears to understand it quite well.)

I remember hearing a while back that the price of memory was dropping rapidly, but my nephew told me that seems to have changed. Is it possible that I could find better prices for RD-RAM than those shown on eBay?

Answer:How easy is it to find RD-RAM at a reasonable price?

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Hello all,

Just wondering whether any of you guys out there can recommend a reasonable free text editor for Windows for knocking out some Perl in - I just dislike Notepad for this kind of thing...
Im sure there are loads but just wanted some recommendations...


Answer:Reasonable Free Text Editor

and I only know this because I'm stuck having to learn this horrible language this quarter.

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I have Comcast cable. The Motorola Surfboard modem is connected to my desktop via Ethernet cable. I occasionally have to work with friend's laptops, and need to connect to the Web wirelessly, so am considering getting a wireless router. Trouble is, I can't find much info on the Web that tells me what I need, and prices go from $25 to $1200. I figure I only need something very simple, since I have no home network or multiple computers throughout the house.

So, can anyone recommend a good and relatively inexpensive router? Review in PC World liked the Belkin N, but have no idea if that's suitable or overkill or what.

Answer:Best reasonable cost wireless routers

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I have a very annoying issue wherein the small rubber V-shaped or triangular pegs attached to the base of the extended battery of my U150 have come off; so now the laptop wobbles when I type. I've called the service center (Philippines not India), they were very nice and courteous, but had no replacement part number so they cannot replace the part even if I am under warranty! How ridiculous is that?!?!  It would be so easy to mail me a pair of pegs and I would simply superglue it on the base.  What they offered is even more absurd!  They want me to give them a $90+ deposit to send them my whole battery pack (that is working just fine) which they are willing to replace in order to get the new legs on it.  We're talking about a pair of pegs worth no more that 25-US-cents!!!  Does anyone have any solutions? Or is there some other mystical resource to get these rubber pegs replaced? This issue has been going on for two months, and Lenovo has not replied, emailed, nor called as promised by the customer service receptionist who said they would refer my claim to Lenovo.

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