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My system does not detect my video card

Question: My system does not detect my video card

FIXED! The backplate of the video card looked exactly like my old one, but it was somehow making my video card not slide down far enough, took it off and now its running HUH ZA! If there is a big danger in running it so lofty without a backplate message me and let me know. If you have a msi 4g 970 check the damn backplate!
I bought a nividia 970 off ebay and my mobo does not detect it. It lights up but that is it. I can send it back but I wanted to know what I can try first? I get this message with the install cd, when I use the auto driver updater on nvidia and when I manually download the driver from the nvidia site. My old radeon 280 worked fine.
Old card
MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G 384-Bit GDDR

This graphics driver could not find compatible hardware.

GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD nvidia 970 (requires 6 and 8 pin connector)
Mobo z97 pro 4 asrock
CPU 4690k
PSU 700 watt, ocz700sxs

What I have done so far
Connected the

Power Connectors
1x6-Pin, 1x8-Pin
From my old card to the new card. Im using my old power converters could that matter? Id use the one that came with the card but a damn wire is hanging out of its area.

Checked device manager no device.

Checked bios, made sure pci-e x16 is the primary video card source. Checked my bios mobo overview and it says there is nothing in that slot!

Uninstalled all amd and nvidia driver in the control panel. Uninstalled all drivers with gurus free amd and nvidia Display Driver Uninstaller in safemode.

Reseated the card. Googled a lot.

Im now going to reset the bios, I heard I can also update the bios, would that even matter, am I just trying to hard to make this possibly DOA card work?

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Hi all,

... strange issue that I cannot figure out.

Motherboard: Gateway DX4850
CPU1: i5-2300
CPU2: Pentium G645

When I install the Pentium CPU, it detects the video card in the x16 PCIE slot. When I install the i5 CPU, it does not detect the card.

I've tried the i5 CPU in another MoBo and same issue --- it does not detect the video card.

There are no bent pins on the CPU, and it was previously functional.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this?

Answer:CPU does not detect video card

Your motherboard supports these CPU's.

Operating System Genuine Windows? 7 Home Premium 64-bit2 Processor1, 3, Intel? Core™ i7-2600 processor
Intel? Core™ i5-2500 processor
Intel? Core™ i5-2400 processor
Intel? Core™ i3-2120 processor
Intel? Core™ i3-2100 processor

From post #1

Motherboard: Gateway DX4850
CPU1: i5-2300
CPU2: Pentium G645

It seem like Gateway used a i5-2300

Gateway DX4850-45u (PT.GBL02.018) Desktop PC Intel Core i5 2300 (2.80GHz) 6GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

When you are using a prebuilt motherboard (Gateway) their is no way to get enough info.

If I had to guess I would think it's the bios.

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I cant catch a break with this computer.
Well, my 8600GT came in the mail today and I replaced it with my 8500GT.
It booted up fine besides a new screen I havent seen before. The 8600GT has 2 DVI ports on the back so I used the DVI converter it came with to connect it to my monitor.
Anyways... While it was booting up, it says it cannot detect the OS, please boot from a CD.
So I took out the 8600 and put the 8500 back in and it booted up fine.
Ive tried google'n the problem and didn't find much.
Anyone have any ideas on whats up?

Answer:New video card, wont detect OS.

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System Properties/Device Manager/Display Adapters/Nvidia GForce 9500 GT/Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)

I have been using the above video card successfully since 2009. I booted this box a couple of days ago to a different video resolution and a partially covered monitor screen.

I'm not aware of any changes that have been made to any settings or any added or deleted hardware changes.

I'm using XP Home, SP3, P4, 3.20MHz, 2GB ram. Anh help would be appreciated

Answer:Computer will not detect video card

From Explanation of error codes generated by Device Manager in Windows XP Professional


Make sure that Device Manager is open, and that the device that has the problem is selected. You can perform some recommended resolutions through Device Manager.
Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
Select the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
Double-click the device type that has the problem. For example, if you have problems with your modem, double-click Modems to see the devices in that category.

A list of devices appears. If a device has problems, the device has a red exclamation point next to it. If a device is unknown (usually because of missing drivers), the device has a yellow question mark next to it.
Right-click the device that has the problem, and then click Properties. This opens the device Properties dialog box. You can see the error code in the Device status area of this dialog box.
Use the Troubleshooting Wizard, if it is available, to help you diagnose and resolve your problem.
On the device Properties dialog box, click the General tab.
Click Troubleshoot to start the Troubleshooting Wizard. The wizard asks you some simple questions and provides a solution to your problem based on the answers that you provide. If the Troubleshooting Wizard is not available, go to step 3.
Follow the resolution steps provided by the wizard to resolve the problem.
Check the Device status area of the device Properties dialog bo... Read more

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Hi all, help would be greatly appreciated as I've been searching forums for answers for 4 days now!

I recently upgraded to Win7 64 bit, went fine, got the 40-some updates, proceeded to gaming. One night a week later, I left my ipod hooked up to sync while I went to bed and when I got up the next day the sync had completed but I couldn't get my monitor to wake up. Tried a few tricks, eventually discovered that when I plugged an old monitor in (not into my video card), everything was booting up fine. If I need to replace my video card (nvidia 8600gt), not that big a deal, but I'd like to know for sure that it's shot. The card doesn't show up at all in my device manager, just the 6150 onboard vga. I have tried: reseating the video card, ram, and mb battery and updating to the latest driver from nvidia's website (it seems to install fine but don't know if it goes to the right place, it doesn't auto-detect the card the way their site used to). I don't know if after a week it decided my rig wasn't up to specs(2 gb ram, 300w power supply)? I just want to upgrade the right thing, not try everything. Also, if this is just a win7/nvidia video card thing and I could just get some patch that would be fantastic. Hope someone can help, I've seen a dozen others have the same prob but can't find solutions. Thanks.

Answer:Win7 64 bit won't detect video card

Hi, now that you've done almost everything to get your video card working, I guess the card is faulty.
If you could try this video card on another PC, just to find out if its still working. Otherwise, its time for a new video card.

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I am using intergrated video card right now and i wanna install XFX 8500GT on pci slot but my computer wont detect card on that slot even though i have installed it. My computer suppose to automatically disable the on board card once it find card on pci slot. I also tried to to manully but no resualt so far.
Can anybody help Please,
I have Gateway GM5088 computer and Windows Vista Ultimate.


I forgot to mation that sometime it does detects and i get video through by my card but when i restart my pc then it wont. I will get my video from intergrated card.

Answer:My Pc wont Detect Video Card

Your putting it in a PCIe slot right? NOt a PCI slot.

And i was going to suggest manually disabling your onboard graphics but if you've dont that route, i would just make sure you have enough power for it. Make sure the card is seated properly.

IF you have another card lying around or a friend that has one you could try putting it in to rule out a fault PCIe slot.

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I was downloading my latest video driver and in the middle of the installation it, I got the blue screen. Now my resolution only goes to 1280x1024 and when i go to the properties of my videos card, everything says unavailable. I'm really scared now.

Answer:Computer cannot detect video card

You could try using System Restore to go to a point before you tried to install the new driver.

Also, before installing a new graphics driver try first uninstalling the old one from Programs and Feature (Vista or W7) or Add or Remove Programs (XP).

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Howdy all, I just recently sorta rebuilt my older computer by getting a new motherboard in it and a new video card. I now have an Asus A7V8X-X motherboard and a ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. And the mobo won't detect my video card at all, any suggestions? Running XP btw. Thanks.

Answer:Motherboard won't detect my video card

By all the info I can find those two pieces of harwdware should work together. What specifically does the unit do when you attempt to power it on? Beeping? Nothing?
The board will try to tell you whats wrongwith the post beeps. Make sure you have a speaker conected to the board if it does not have an onboard buzzer.
A video post error is usually 1 long tone followed be 2 or 3 short ones.
Memory is usually a repetitive long tone.
If you get no sounds from the board at all then check to make sure your CPU is installed properly.

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I have an emachines T2460 that i installed a video card in a month ago after flashing the BIOS so that i could disable the onboard video. It worked fine but i kept getting the activate windows screen popup. I finally had to buy another copy of windows XP home. I had to do a full restore and reflash my BIOS.
For some reason It will not detect my video card. It is an ATI Radeon 9600xt. It worked fine before so I'm not sure why it won't detect it. The new CD has SP2 and my other was SP1, which i don't care for but nothing i can see to do about that. AM37 mobo.
Any suggestions?

Answer:Windows won't detect my video card

by doing a "full restore" are you referring to a reformat and reinstall of windows or did you just load the new XP on top of the old one? Also did you install your video card drivers?

and I cant imagine why an install of Xp would require you to reflash your bios.

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Hello everyone,

I recently came across a really unusual problem and exhausted all possible solutions.

The system is an HP desktop Pavilion model m8400f. This model came with a Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT.

One day the PC stopped sending it's video signal through the video card's DVI port, and was using the onboard graphic's VGA port instead.

I figured the video card might be dead, but I checked and the video card's fan was still running. I took it off and performed maintenance on it; cleared the heatsink of dust, reapplied thermal paste, etc. I figured maybe it was a fluke fail, so I carefully reseated it into the PCI slot and rebooted. No luck, still refused to work.

I went out and got another card, an Nvidia GeForce 210. I installed it onto the motherboard, installed necessary software/drivers, and it works great.

Doubting that the old card is dead without any trace of damage, I put it in another PC of mines and hoped it might still work. To my surprised the card was working fine, and after installing drivers the entire card was in working order (HDMI, S-Video, and DVI).

I then tried putting the old card back into the computer/motherboard in question. Still no luck. I fiddled with the BIOS settings, and got nothing out of the video card's DVI/HDMI ports. The OS detects no change in hardware (other than the fact that I took the new card out and the motherboard is now using onboard graphics).

Other things I've tried include:
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Answer:OEM Motherboard Does Not Detect OEM Video Card

I had the same computer a while back. It did the same thing. So I pulled the card. Then replaced it with a Nvidia Geforce 9500 Gt. That card worked for about a month. The same thing happen again. But both cards worked in another computer I had at the time. So I gave up and started useing the onboard graphics. About a year later. The power supply died on me. So I went and bought a new one . After installing it. I thought well maybe I will try putting the Nvidia Geforce 8500 Gt card back in just to see if it would work. It did . As far as I know still is working. I gave the computer to my grandson. About a year ago and he is still using it. I am not really sure if it was the power supply. But that was what seem to fix it. If you have power supply that you can swap out. Just to test it .It might be worth a try. Other then that I really have no other suggestion. Hopefully someone here may know a few .

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Hey guys. I have a Alienware x51 I know, I know, it's not the best computer but from here on its not the alienware's fault for what issue I'm having. So, I have had my graphics card running in my computer for a while now played allot of games and wanted to watch the temps, got Msi afterburner and then restarted my computer about 4 hours after installing it. I restarted and it would just show a black screen, my monitors can't detect and graphics adapter. So I plugged my monitor into the intergrated graphics and started it, it worked and then I went and uninstalled Msi after burner and went to device manager to see if my computer is detecting the card. I look and it only show my intergrated graphics. After uninstalling afterburner I restart and it still doesn't work. Keep in mind everything has worked perfectly fine before and I know there is now problem with the card, psu, or anything els. If you can help it would be very awesome. I have a gtx 650 I had the latest drivers installed for it.

Answer:Wondows won't detect video card.

Have you tied removing and reseating the graphics card.

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I recently reformatted a spare desktop and am having problems with the video display. The video card apparently has been replaced and I don't know what is in it.

Anybody know of a utility that will examine the Dell and tell me what kind of a video card is in it? Until I know, I can't install the proper driver.


Answer:Need utility to detect video card

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Howdy all, I just recently sorta rebuilt my older computer by getting a new motherboard in it and a new video card. I now have an Asus A7V8X-X motherboard and a ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. And the mobo won't detect my video card at all, any suggestions? Running XP btw. Thanks.

Answer:Motherboard won't detect my video card

1.thought make that you have to enable the setting in the bios so that it will use the video card
2.thought did you install all the drivers

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Hello everyone....I have a problem with my laptop...I just bought it few weeks ago and it can't detect my r5 graphic card. I downloaded all drivers from lenovo official site still won't work...I'm running windows 7 64 bit.When I opened device manager->display adapters, I can see just this (see picture below) I did check the bios setings and it's set as switchable graphic...Can anyone help me with that?Thank you.


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Answer:Lenovo b50-45 won't detect my r5 m230 video card

Someone know how to fix it? I really need to fix it asap

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For some reason, everytime I plug the cord into my Nvidia GeForce MX 4000 VGA slot, it seems the monitor doesn't detect it 'cause the monitor just stays black. But you can hear sounds, so pretty much no display but everything else. The only working video card on my computer is the one attach to the motherboard and that works fine, so I don't know what the problem is for my GeForce card.

I already follow a troubleshoot instructions but it didn't do anything. If you need more info, I'll supply more. If you can help that will be great but in the meantime, I'm gonna see if I can figure this out and sooner or later I might bring my computer to a tech rep to see if they can spot the problem.

Answer:Solved: Monitor won't detect Video Card

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A few years ago, I used to play Diablo II on my computer with no problems. Since then, I have gotten a newer video card (Radeon 7500) and have gotten a newer version of DirectX . When I recently reinstalled D2, the video test failed, telling me that no modes were found. It told me to download the latest video drivers for my card, so I downloaded the corresponding Omega drivers. Then when I tried to play the game I got the message:

"Error 22: A critical error has occurred while initializing DirectDraw."

here is what comes up when I run dxdiag:

The video card shows up in the Device Manager, but dxdiag says that I am using the generic video driver...

Answer:Forced to use generic driver(can't detect video card??)

yeh only use the official drivers are known to not be fully compatible

go here to download the correct catalyst...

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My computer doesn't detect my video card (ATI radeon x800 xt), my monitor (dell m993c), or my network adapter. My system recently crashed, because one of the drives in the RAID 1 array failed. I had to do a repair installation of Win XP. Now that I have an OS up, I found many software and device malfunctions.I found the following hardware conflicts in my system information:IRQ 4      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585IRQ 4      Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem #2IRQ 4      Communications Port (COM1)      I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF      VgaSaveI/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585      Memory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF      PCI busMemory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF      Motherboard resources      IRQ 8      Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM)IRQ 8      System CMOS/real time clock      Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF      VgaSaveMemory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585      I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB      VgaSaveI/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585      IRQ 116      Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Contr... Read more

Answer:WinXP won't detect video card, ntwrk adapter. Help

Duplicate post.See this discussion thread instead:

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My computer doesn't detect my video card (ATI radeon x800 xt), my monitor (dell m993c), or my network adapter. My system recently crashed, because one of the drives in the RAID 1 array failed. I had to do a repair installation of Win XP. Now that I have an OS up, I found many software and device malfunctions.  I found the following hardware conflicts in my system information:  IRQ 4      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585 IRQ 4      Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem #2 IRQ 4      Communications Port (COM1)       I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF      VgaSave I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585       Memory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF      PCI bus Memory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF      Motherboard resources       IRQ 8      Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM) IRQ 8      System CMOS/real time clock       Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF      VgaSave Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585       I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB      VgaSave I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB      Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585       IRQ 116      Intel(R) 82801FB/F... Read more

Answer:WinXP won't detect video card, ntwrk adapter. Help

Plug-n-play works great when it works.  When it doesn't, sometimes you have to Plug-n-pray!  Also, if you are confident working inside the computer, you can remove the expansion cards and then reseat them one at a time.  Windows will have a better chance of avoiding device conflicts this way:1. Turn off the computer.2. Open the case.3. Remove all the expansion cards (sound card, modem, etc.) except for the video card.4. Place the cards on a sheet of paper or a paper sack (not on a metal surface or plastic).5. Power on the computer.6. Shut the computer down and reseat only one of the expansion cards.7. Power on the computer and check Device Manager to verify there are no conflicts.8. Shut the computer down and reseat another expansion card.9. Power on the computer and check Device Manager to verify there are no conflicts.10. Continue the previous steps until all of the expansion cards are working without a conflict.

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i installed my graphics card geforce MX 440 64MB recently but when i boot into windows xp it doens't detect my card. Xp installs an SIS 315 driver instead. I've tried downloading the new nvidia drivers but they don't work. Please HELP

Answer:Xp Doesn't Detect My Geforce Mx440 Video Card

Have you uninstalled the drivers for the old card before fitting the new one?
If the old setup was onboard graphics (no card), have you disabled on board graphics in the bios before fitting the new card?

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Hello, I am in deep trouble. I can't use Lenovo video driver for my S440 because it causes back screen in Windows 8.1. So tried installing latest AMD mobility driver 13.11 BETA but it does not detect my video card. All I can install is Catalyst install manager and Gaming Evolved App. Same thing with 13.9 driver. Why Catalyst install manager is not showing options to install video driver and Catalyst control center?I have uninstalled original Lenovo AMD drivers that my pc came with.  

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My computer (dell dimension 8400) doesn't detect my video card (ATI radeon x800 xt), my monitor (dell m993c), or my network adapter. My system recently crashed, because one of the drives in the RAID 1 array failed after I tried to install software. I had to do a repair installation of Win XP. Now that I have the OS functioning, I found many software and device malfunctions.

I found the following hardware conflicts in my system information:

IRQ 4 Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585
IRQ 4 Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem #2
IRQ 4 Communications Port (COM1)

I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF VgaSave
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585

Memory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF PCI bus
Memory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF Motherboard resources

IRQ 8 Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM)
IRQ 8 System CMOS/real time clock

Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF VgaSave
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585

I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB VgaSave
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585

IRQ 116 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658
IRQ 116 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C

Under problem devices in system information, I get the following:

Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2660
PNP Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2660&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\2&EBB567F&0&E0
Error code: 35

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Answer:Win XP won´t detect video card, network adapter, or monitor. Help.

Try going to Safe Mode, hit F8 repeatedly when the computer first starts and it'll take you to a menu screen where you can choose between SafeMode, SafeMode w/ command prompt, etc. Choose safemode. That'll load up the bare minimum of drivers and such so that the computer will turn on. Then, uninstall any drivers for non-working devices and reinstall them. If that doesn't help, run SFC (system file checker) from the Windows CD. Go to the Run menu, type in SFC and hit Enter.

I would also set the BIOS to defaults (the way it came from the factory) and see if that helps. Lastly, try the disk check utility from the Run menu, "chkdsk /f". Don't know how that might help, but it wouldn't hurt.

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My computer doesn't detect my video card (ATI radeon x800 xt), my monitor (dell m993c), or my network adapter. My system recently crashed, because one of the drives in the RAID 1 array failed. I had to do a repair installation of Win XP. Now that I have an OS up, I found many software and device malfunctions.

I found the following hardware conflicts in my system information:

IRQ 4 Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585
IRQ 4 Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem #2
IRQ 4 Communications Port (COM1)

I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF VgaSave
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585

Memory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF PCI bus
Memory Address 0xFEDA0000-0xFEDFFFFF Motherboard resources

IRQ 8 Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (WDM)
IRQ 8 System CMOS/real time clock

Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF VgaSave
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585

I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB VgaSave
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB Intel(R) 925X/XE PCI Express Root Port - 2585

IRQ 116 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658
IRQ 116 Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C

Under problem devices in system information, I get the following:

Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2660
PNP Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2660&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_03\2&EBB567F&0&E0
Error code: 35

Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM PCI Express Root Port - 2662
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Answer:Win XP won´t detect video card, network adapter, or monitor. Help.

You should be able to just rebuild the array by replacing or formating the drive that crashed. Look in the manual on how to rebuild the array

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If anyone could help me with this, it would be grand.My problem started when i came home today to find my main box running swell, but any buttons in windows (double clicking) was delayed. I was a bit furstrated, but it's a older machine (socket 370 mobo in it) with two months uptime so i rebooted it. After the reboot i made up my mind to test this stick of ram i've been planning on doing so since christmas, so i shutdown and removed all the ram sticks but it to see if it would boot with it- i've done this before so i didnt expect much problem. It's the same type of RAM has the other two sticks, but was not detected and i was worryed about memory leaks and slow down. The computer failed to boot, so i removed it and placed it the other two- i got a some warning beeps but with the noise in the room i was unable to tell what they were, but still no start. So i reseated them into 'optium' banks, and rebooted. Everything starts up, but no display.I get the monitor working (red/green/yellow/blue bar type of display) then the monitor shuts down. So after a bit of refrence and research i fiquered my monkeying around had messed up something in the bios and the cmos, and it wasnt detecting the video card. I tryed rebooting with a older geforce 2 with no results. Then i removed the cmos battery and let it set for about four hours (i've always thought it needed two). Then plugged it back in (with the newer card back in). Thinking it would clear whatever i did, still no go, but i can ... Read more

Answer:Bios wont detect video card?(3 error beeps)

Hello friend, although I am not A+ certified but I have an ide that whats going wrong with your PC. I think that the problem is with your RAM Sticks. Dont remove any other thing. Just remove all the RAM sticks and clean them with dry and soft cloth amd also clean dust from the RAM slot. Now put the RAM back but they must be in specific sequence. If I did remember, the largest size RAM must be in first slot then second. I have no idea that which slot is your first slot. One thing, remove all RAMs and connect only one RAM in the extream last or extream first slot (not in middle slot if any). Now turn your PC ON and check if it works then put other RAMs otherwise change the slot to the other one. I hope that you are getting me becasue you are A+ certified.Okay do take care of you and others and be happy.Bye..DrWahab

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hello, as title says,i upgraded to windows 10 from windows 7but now the system cant detect the wireless card or whatever.i cant go online. when i checked device manager i found that the driver isnt updated since 2010???! please help thank you

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Hi all...hope someone can help here..I'm getting desperate now!
System is a AMD 350 on a A15VG+ motherboard using Via tech 3038 chipset.
I'm trying to sort this out for a friend who has just bought a new USB scanner. The board supports USB which I have enabled in the bios even tho there is no built in USB slots, hence the purchase of a new 4 port USB pci card (which does work as tested in different machine).
But this system just will not detect and install it. I have downloaded the updated VIA usb filter patch to no avail and also tried the card in all four pci slots. I am now at a loss.

ANy help would be GREATLY appreciated as my firend is desperate to use his new scanner!

Many thanks

Answer:[SOLVED] System won't detect new 4port USB PCI card

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Hello, I've been having this problem 2 days ago and it's a bit frustrating. I was just playing some games when it suddenly restarted automatically. My device manager doesn't seem to acknowledge my graphics card anymore for some apparent reason. I've tried plugging my monitor in my graphics card and it just seems like on a standby mode with the blank screen showing nothing. But when I plug my monitor to my motherboard port it shows up fine and is in the device manager. I've tried cleaning my drivers with "Driver Sweeper" then reinstalling the lastest driver for my graphics card, but that didn't do anything. I was hoping if anyone knows what's wrong with my graphics card . Thank you.

Is my graphics card burnt/broken?

Graphics card - Radeon x1900

Answer:System doesn't detect Graphics Card

OK first of all there are no drivers for Windows 7 supporting you card. Your card is not even supported by Windows Vista as support has been removed, therefore, the reason for the problems you have been experiencing is a driver issue not the card itself. You cannot use 6.5 drivers on you card, the reason why you are getting these blank screens and dropping out of games is because of the drivers.

Not the news you peobably wanted to here but an upgrade is needed the drivers which would have been used would have been Catalyst 9.3.

ATI Catalyst? Display Driver
Version 9.3

9.3 Operating System(s)

Windows Vista - 32-Bit Edition Products Supported

AMD has moved a number of DX9 ATI Radeon? graphics accelerators products to a legacy driver support structure. This change impacts Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Linux distributions. AMD has moved to a legacy software support structure for these graphics accelerator products in an effort to better focus development resources on future products.
The following products have been moved to the legacy software support structure (including Mobile and All-in-Wonder Variants):

ATI Radeon 9500 Series
ATI Radeon 9550 Series
ATI Radeon 9600 Series
ATI Radeon 9700 Series
ATI Radeon 9800 Series
ATI Radeon X300 Series
ATI Radeon X550 Series
ATI Radeon X600 Series
ATI Radeon X700 Series
ATI Radeon X800 Series
ATI Radeon X850 Series
ATI Radeon X1050 Series
ATI Radeon X1300 Series
ATI Radeon X1550 Series
ATI Radeon X1600 Series
ATI Radeon X1650 ... Read more

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Video card NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS - 1.0 GB GDDR3 SDRAM

Explanation: I used to have a problem blackscreening while gaming, so I took my computer to a computer shop where they said they'd install a new video card (same card I had before, NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS - 1.0 GB GDDR3 SDRAM and motherboard to go with it. When I got my computer back and downloaded the newest NVIDIA drivers from the website, they "couldn't find compatible hardware." I got a little suspicious and questioned the guy, who said since the card is Chinese I have to use Chinese drivers, so he installed Chinese DriverGenius on my computer and used it to download driver version from 1/11/2009. I was like "woah that's old as hell" and he just said "try it," which I did and everything worked fine so I was just like whatever. For the first week or so everything worked fine, then I started getting major blackscreen/bluescreen problems. While playing games, while not playing games, on startup, basically any time.

Sometimes the screen flashes black then says "The NVIDIA Kernel driver has stopped working and recovered" or something like that, then it's fine for a while and happens again or just crashes. Sometimes it blackscreens and I can still hear my music no problem until I turn it off. Sometimes it blackscreens, sound goes staticy, then normal, then staticy, then normal, then bluescreen. Sometimes it bluescreens. Sometimes it does what I c... Read more

Answer:Driver updates can't detect video card, constant blue/blackscreens

Hi, First thing to do is find out what hardware you have actually got installed.
I would install something like; 'Speccy' from Piriform,
Run it, and then click on the light blue 'Graphics' line to get more info.
Can't say what chinese drivers are as all drivers for nvidia cards are supplied by nvidia, and if you go to their site, and 'Support' you will find an automatic detector, if you are not sure what you have.
But before you install another driver, be sure to uninstall the previous one.
That's in Control panel, Hardware and sound. Device manager.
When the list appears, click twice on 'Display adapters', then right-click and choose 'Properties'.
Then click on 'Driver' tab, and click on Uninstall (Driver, Advanced).
Then Windows may need to be rebooted, when it will install a generic driver, so you can see the screen.
Then go to, then support, then Download drivers.
Try the automatic detect feature, or if you know from Speccy what card you have, select it from the drop-down menus.
That should work as far as the Graphic card driver is concerned.

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I don't really care too much about System Detect, though any suggestions would be welcome. (I get an error message that says System Detect is not available.) More importantly, is there a driver for the SD card reader? Many thanks!

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I have a Dell Optiplex, and the onboard video died.  I cannot get into the bios, to tell it to let me use a video card, because I cannot get any video at all.  Can anyone help me figure out a fix?

Answer:Onboard Video is fried - Need to bybass - So system will see video card

Most PC's...(newer) will recognise when a vid card is added and automatically disable onboard...

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I have a motherboard with the video adapter onboard. Problem is I don't have any drivers for the motherboard or its video. So my resolution is stuck at 16 color.

If I put a PCI Video adapter in the computer, do I need to change anything on the motherboard. I would thinking to just buy a cheap video card with drivers and install.

Now I remember seeing a bunch of jumpers and I hope you will not tell me that I may need to change a jumper because the jumpers are beyond me. I have no documentation for that motherboard.

I hope I can just Plug n Play. What do you guys think???

Answer:Adding a video card to a video on motherboard system???

i would first check the BIOS menu of your motherboard to see if the onboard video can be turned off there. If so, then you're all set.

If not, then post the exact manufacturer of your motherboard and the model and someone here can probably find info on it for you...

In fact, someone might even be able to get drivers for your onboard video!!

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I recently perchased a AMD BArebones system for every day things. I bought Corsair 512Mb 64X64 VSDDR400 Cor RT Ram. And recieved a Cd-rw Drive from a friend. My next thing i want is a video card followed by a HD. I have a price range for the video card of $62.00. I Do not have much Money to spend at this point but will upgrade in the next few month. I need help finding a Graphic's card for SOME gamin (Cs) and Internet searching. I am going to buy a 80gig HD for $70 (Wd).
I Found two video cards that were in my price range tell me if they are good thanks.

Answer:New AMD System *Video card*

Oh and the AMD CPU is a 2800+

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Hey all,

I've got my hands on a basic system from work for practically nothing (incorrect build, boss gave me a big discount) which I would like to put a decent video card into it. I am going to give it to my 16 old cousin for his birthday.

The system is as follows (sorry I don't have the finer details on spec):

- MSI mATX 1333 mhz socket 775
- Pentium Dual Core E2140 1.6ghz
- 1gig RAM
- CoolerMaster Extreme 550W PSU
- Windows XP Home

It's a pretty basic system, but I thought I could get it reasonably game worthy.

I was thinking about putting in an EVGA 8800GTS 320MB.

What do you reckon? Any other suggestions would be most appreciated.

Answer:Video Card for Low-Mid system

The X1950PRO\XT would do fine as well. But the 8800GTS 320MB would obviously be better. How much can you spend? Also, where're you located?

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I have decided on the memory that is right for my PC and now I am hoping to select a video card. If anyone has some suggestions I would be most grateful.

My computer is an emachines W3653 just over 1 yo. I am running XP but will be on Vista in a few days. My computer has 2 PCI and 1 PCI-e slot. I only have 1GB of RAM but I am looking to move up to my systems maximum of 2GB soon. My motherboards is a ECS 945G-M3.

I found a card that is a descent value. Will this card work on my PC?
I don't have 5 post so I cant post links... add the www to the beginning.

Answer:The right video card for my system?

When I look up your PC on emachine's site it shows a dual core Celeron CPU running at 1.6Ghz. Is that the processor you have?

Can you find out the specs of the power supply?

The video card you linked will physically fit in the motherboard but requires at least a 400W PSU and may be more powerful than you need depending on what CPU you have.

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how i increase available system ram to my video card

Answer:Video card System Ram

More information is needed if you expect your query to be answered.
Any reason you want to increase the graphics memory ? Dedicated Video Card or Shared? PC or Laptop?
If it's a Laptop - The graphics memory on laptops feeds off of a certain percentage of the system memory. If you want more graphics memory, add more RAM. If your laptop can't take more ram, then you will also be unable to upgrade the graphics ram without a new system.

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I just thought of something. If an integrated video card uses system ram, then can't I make it so that my video card uses system ram? That way my video card would have more memory.

Reason being for this idea is that I was thinking of buying Gta IV for computer when it comes out, but my video card only has 128mb of memory and I don't think that would be enough for Gta IV, and since my computer only has PCI slots there aren't really any better video cards out there. My video card is a Evga GeForce Fx 5500 128mb fyi.

So would it be possible to use some of my ram (system memory) for my video card? Since I have 1.5gb of ram in my computer I'm sure I could spare some. So basically I just want to know if there is something I can do for the computer to use some ram for my video card but only for when I want, so when I'm done playing the game I can switch all my ram back to system memory.

Answer:Using System RAM for Video Card

Not unless it is built into the BIOS and board. It would be far slower, anyway.

You can use system RAM for texture storage. That is the "Aperture" setting in BIOS.

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I just bought a Dell Inspiron 1521, and thought when I saw ATI that the card would be could, and as it was my only choice I was happy with it, but after looking around it doesnt seem that great, it is the ATI Radeon X1270. I have 2gb of ram and run vista. I was wondering if it would help my gaming experience if I was to allocate some of my 2gb for the video card?

Answer:system ram for video card?

Can you do that?
I know onboard graphics use system RAM, didn't know you could add more to a card.

Cool, I may learn something here too.
Oh, laptops.. he he.. OK, that's a whole new area for me..
Overall view of laptops for games..

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As you can see below, in my sig, I got now a 16mb NVIDIA TNT. I want to boost my video card to a 64 mb or 128 mb speed. I shopped around for the best price, but the only place that I can find a good price (bid) is at Ebay.

The two cards that I have my eyes on are:

128MB AGP Pny Verto geforce 4 Ti 4400

GAINWARD GeForce 3 Ti200/Ti450 64MB DDR AGP

Here are my questions:

When I look at the systems requirements for these cards, it says AGP 2x/4x. Can that support my 2x AGP or that just means that it just only supports 2x/4x ones? (I'm kinda confuse on that)

Do you think one or both of they are just right for my system?

Answer:The right video card for my system?

Considering your PC I'd probably put this one in it for $62.50

But your PC should be able to use any card saying 2X APG in the description.

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Right now I have an ATi X800XL, which I am fine with. However, it says that it is not compatible with RB6: Vegas.

I have only 8x AGP on my MB and really don't want to upgrade my computer at this time.

HIS makes an X1600PRO 512mb in AGP. Would this be much better than my X800XL? On Pricewatch it's listed at $140.

My other option is to buy an AMD dual core Athlon X64 X2 5600 and motherboard ($273) and the PCIE X1600 ($112). But then DDR2 motherboard won't support PC3200 RAM, right? So I end up having to get 2GB of RAM for about $125 (Kingston brand).

Obviously option 2 is more expensive, but is it more worth it?

Right now I have a P4 Prescott 3.0gHz, 2GB PC3200 RAM, and the X800XL 256MB card.

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hi all, i have a old fic board with intel 82430tx pci chipset 128mb pc133 ram 233-mmx processor 230w ps, running windows 98. question? will a ati 9250 128mb DDR pci video card work in this system. i know the board is old but works great as a backup. the ati card system requirments are penttium 4/lll/ll celeron or compatiable with pci bus,supports win 98,98se,me,2000,xp

thank you

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I currently have a P4 2.8C @ 3.5GHZ, 250MHZ FSB with 1GB Corsair PC 4000 Ram, ATI Radeon 9800PRO 128 @ 425/365, Abit IC7-G motherboard etc.. and wanted to know if upgrading to a X850 PE, X800 PE or X800XL (either of the choices) would be a wise decision or not. I'm just wondering if these video cards would be too powerful for this system or not and whether or not I should upgrade the system completely before upgrading to the next video card. (I'm also considering if it ever comes out the ATI video card with 512MB, 24/32pipelines etc.)

Answer:New video card in this system...

your card is still decent, i wouldnt upgrade now. I would upgrade later when some new technologies are introduced.

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i have a dell optiplex gx620 and i want to play call of duty mw2 on it.iv'e seen videos of it on youtube using hd 4350 1gb, however it didnt say weither the default psu would be sufficent.can someone recommend a video card capable of working with this system. psu is 303w

Answer:Video card for system

I see a new PSU in your immediate future...

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Hi There! This seems like a very helpful forum, so I figured I'd give it a try:

I'm looking to upgrade my video card, to the best possible one that my system can handle. Here's my problem: I'm not sure what the deciding factors are in what my system can actually handle, I know the motherboard is an important part.

So do you guys which best-possible card is compatible with my system, or where I could go to find out? Can I simply add another card if my computer is dual-core? (probably not... but what would dual core be for then?)

Here are some of my specs:

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition

Video Card ATI Radeon X600 (256 MB)

CPU Type: Unknown, 3000 MHz (3.75 x 800)
Motherboard Name: Dell Inc. Dell DXP051
Motherboard Chipset: Unknown
System Memory: 2048 MB
BIOS Type: Phoenix (01/08/07)

Multi CPU
Motherboard ID DELL Dell DXP051
CPU #0 Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz, 2992 MHz
CPU #1 Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz, 2992 MHz

Could anyone also clarify how I can find out myself just from looking at my specs what kind of card my computer can handle?

Thank you so much in advance for taking a look at my post! :major

Answer:Best Possible Video Card for This System

I researched your motherboard, and you have a PCI Express video slot, so, basically, the sky's the limit. How much do you want to spend? The 640mb Geforce 8800GTS OC is like $500 or so.

And welcome to Major Geeks! :major

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Hello everyone,
I have some older socket 754 equipment (motherboard and processor) and just want to use it for a security cam system where 4 cameras would be plugged in and recording. I was wondering what series of AGP cards should I go with if I want to be able to record using all four cameras at one time smoothly (assuming the security cam pci card is good). Will it matter what video card I have or not? I also would like to find one that has the lowest power usage as it will be on a long time.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Best video card (AGP) to be used with security cam system?

AGP card? Probably any you can get your hands on since they're not exactly in abundance. And the best ones are very expensive.
Maybe a Radeon HD3850? If you can find one Or a Geforce 7600GT?

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Hello everyone.

I've seen here and there around the Internet opposing information that leaves me ignorant on this subject. The opposing views are:

Video card memory helps your system performance because it offloads video processing onto the card.
Video card memory reduces available system RAM by an equal amount.
So what's the correct answer? Will a system with 384MB RAM be reduced to 128 useable by a 256MB card?

I've got an old 1999 vintage Gateway PC on which the video card crapped out. Since replacing it with a 256MB card, the system seems even slower that it was before. I don't use it for gaming at all, just general computing. I can post specifics on my system and card, but I thought first I'd ask this general question.


Answer:How does video card mem affect system RAM?

Video card memory only reduces RAM if you use integrated graphics. Otherwise, they are entirely separate.

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Hi, i just bought a new video card. But when i installed it, the monitor kept giving me a "No Signal" error. BFG told me to reinstall the drivers for the old onboards graphic and then disable it. This did not help at all. Then they told me to upgrade my motherboard drivers. This also didn't change anything. She then said it might just be a defective video card. Any suggestions? Thanks an advance for any advice.Its a Geforce 9500 GT 1GB DDR 2 PCI Express x16 graphics card. My old video card was a Geforce 8500Gt.Motherboard*Model: RS480-M*Chipset: ATI XPRESS 200(RS480) Rev. 01*Southbridge: ATI SB400*LPCIO: ITE IT8712AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor3500+2.20GHZ, 2.00GB of RamPanther450W Power SupplyWindows XP Home Edition Version 2002Service Pack 3

Answer:Will this video card work with my system?

Try the card in another suitable (PCI-E) system if possible.Another thing you can try is resetting the motherboard CMOS. Usually it's just a case of temporarily changing a jumper position, then reverting to the original before booting up again. Your motherboard manual will tell you how to do this.Why did you change the graphics card may I ask? The 9500 is probably only marginally better. G

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Hey guys,

I have my eye on this video card that I really want to get, but I don't know if it's going to work in my computer. If it won't work in my computer, could you possibly let me know what kind of card I should be looking for. Info to follow, thanks in advance.

Video Card

GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 6200
RAMDAC: Dual 400 MHz
Vertices per Second: 225 Million
Video Memory: 256MB
Memory Type: DDR II
Interface Type: AGP
Interface Speed: 8X
Connector(s): DVI
VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)

My System Info:

VIA Technologies, Inc.
X86-based PC

Sorry if this isn't enough info, just let me know and I'll try to get you the info you need.

Answer:Will This Video Card Work in my System?

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Hey guys!

I'm looking to get a video card for my old system, and I was wondering what would be best for the performance/$. I'm afraid of buying a card that wouldn't perform at its best because of bottlenecking.

I also play games such as: Counter strike global offensive, dota 2, Dishonored..etc. I was thinking that maybe this would do, what do you guys think? - ASUS GTX650-E-1GD5 GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Windows 7 Professional x64
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz(Quad-core)
4 gigs of DDR2 ram
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
320 gigs WD hard drive
650 watts Corsair Bronze


Answer:Best video card for an older system?

That plain 650 is not a huge leap over a 8800GT 1gig card.

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare

You want to jump a tier out of the 128-bit memory architecture.

Nvidia is priced out, I'd go with:

MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -

Comes with Crysis 3 free offer!

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare

GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 7850 – Performance Comparison Benchmarks @ Hardware Compare

See? You have a 650W PSU, that should be plenty for the upgrade.

Only possible problem, these cards are big, you might have to check your case, I have the big brother to that card, it looks identical.

My last 3 cards have all been huge, 8800 GTS, and a 5850 being the other 2, this is my case, and I have maybe an extra inch or those cards wouldn't have made it:

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Hi All

Buying an additional video card for my Dell Inspiron 3847.  Will this video card work in addtion to my onboard one?
GeForce GT 420 2GB 80mm FAN

2GB 128-Bit DDR3
Core Clock 700 MHz
1x Dual-link DVD-I 1 x HDMI
PCI Express 2.0 x16


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I have got a question to ask.  If one of the computers I use has 1GB of RAM, would it make any performance difference to upgrade to a 512MB PCI video card?

Answer:Video card & system RAM advice

It'll help in video department (using graphic programs, playing games, watching video, etc.).

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I'm planning on buying ATI Radeon HD 5570,
My system spec are:

Power supply :ZEB-400W(115/230V)

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40 Mhz

I believe this Video Card comes with PCIE 2.1.. But i have just PCIE slot...
If i install this card to my system, will i get full performance of the video card in terms of graphics, because mine is Just PCIE slot...

Answer:Can my System handle this video Card..?

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Heres the deal, Ive got a Gateway 840GM it was stock untill I baugt a Radeon X800XL (256mb PCI Exspress) The problem Im having, besides Best Buy giving me the run around is that when I load a game, such as Counter Strike: Source it will load the game and right before it puts me in the computer restarts itself. Ive tried downlaoding the driver update and that didnt work and I also tryed messing with the preformance in the control pannel and it still dose it. Some one at work told me it could be my powersource but nothing deffinet. And if so how do I find out what source i have and what my motherboad will take. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

Answer:Video card system Restart

The power supply that came with that setup probably isn't up to the task of powering the graphics card. That's my first thought.

Also make sure you uninstalled the drivers from the previous video card that was used if you were using an Nvidia based card.

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So basically i have deleted my ATI or AMD driver somehow while deleting some files, i have looked for drivers but i can't and I don't want to open my hardware. Can you guys tell me what is my video card driver please. Here is dxdiag

System Information
Time of this report: 3/29/2015, 18:57:42
Machine name: PC0101UQW
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp.080413-2111)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/11/08 11:13:41 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Page File: 1416MB used, 2523MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: The system is using the generic video driver. Please install video driver provided by the hardware manufacturer. Direct3D functionality not available. You should verify that the driver is a final version from the hardware manufacturer.
Sound Tab 1: The file viahduaa.sys is not digitally signed, which means that it has not been tested by Microsoft's Windows Ha... Read more

Answer:The system is using the generic video card.

If you have a HP notebook (guessing from your driver version) go to their website and use the drivers scan option to find and update drivers.

What is the make and model of your computer?

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I'm adding hardware to new build; AMD APU A8-6600k processor and Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-UP4 mobo.

just any suggestions on reasonable video card will help.

Answer:A good video card for system

Titan black... but it's $1200.00

To help you, you need to let me know what you're using it for.

However gtx770/780 have dropped $150 and AMD R9 270/280 have too. These cards though are $280 and up.

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Bit of a odd problem here. Now I have a 9800 XT and I was playing Civ IV and suddenly my computer shut off. When I rebooted and went back into windows I said huh, and checked temps and such. Then I went to load up Civ IV agian and the game crashed. So I went and checked my device manager and couldn't find my video card. So at first I thought crap maybe my video card is dead.

So I uninstalled drivers and took out the card and put in a old nVidia card (a TNT2 no less) and that worked fine. So I then put my 9800 XT back in and crossed my fingers and installed Omega's Drivers. They installed fine, the installer for the drivers seemed to detect my card fine (it prompted if I was ready to install these drivers for your 9800 XT) and it installed and rebooted no problem.

When I got back into windows though I tried to start up ATI Tray Tools and it wouldn't run. I checked my device manager for display drivers which it didn't have, then I saw down at the bottom it listed under "UNKNOWN" catagory my 9800 XT and 9800 XT Secondary. So it's recognizing them, but not seeing them as my graphics card?! So I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how to make the computer see it as a gfx card of if there's like a physical problem with my card.

Answer:System not Recognizing Video Card

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I have an HP Pavilion a420n, AMD Athlon(2.16GHZ),160GB HD, 1GB RAM. Currently have a NVIDIA GeFORCE 6200 (256M) 8X AGP. I want the best video card my system can handle. What would the you suggest?

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After reading thread after thread about the ongoing debate over which graphics card is #1,it seems to me that when it comes time to purchase a card it all boils down to what YOUR current system consists of.If you dont plan on changing your systems OS or upgrading the mobo or any other components, then getting the most powerful card known to man may be a huge waste of money.For example cramming a GeForce 4 TI4600 card into an old and slow puter will not allow that card to even come close to its potential because of the bottleneck between the CPU and GPU.You're much better off looking at what your computer consists of first of all, and then match it up with a card that can perform at 100% while operating with your computers components that it will then be dependent on.Why buy anything more demanding on your system than what it can handle.So,assuming I'm not too far off base,I would really appreciate this forums opinion on what you think the most up to date graphics card I should purchase for my computer.I play mainly Medal of Honor and flight sims.I was leaning toward an ATI 8500 or GeForce 4 TI4200 but it might be overkill,maybe a GeForce 3 TI500 would be able to operate at 100% with what little my computer has to offer.Thanx in advance for your time and opinions.

My System:
Gateway Performance 933
Pentium 3 933mhz
Windows ME
40 Gb HD

GeForce 2 MX

Answer:Best Video Card for your current system


You purdy well nutshelled some big threads into your post & I think ya got it right. :grinthumb

I got a 'thing' for the P3 933. I think it is a fine CPU with plenty of potential for excellent results w/compatible hardware & good software 'enhancements'.

Depending on your motherboard, you may be able get more out of what you presently have than you may think. Rick makes some valid points on having a card that is a little above system 'specs': but the price is right, too. Quality over speed.

Since you are wanting to match your system potential, I'd like some mobo info 1st. Do you know the mfg & the model#? Handy utility for that info: "Fresh Diagnose".

I will venture that the Ti 4200 or the 8500 are both excellent choices, IMO. The drop in 8500 prices makes them very desirable, but there is the driver issues. The 'new' cards use different drivers & support for 8500's ...


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Hello all. I have this problem about choosing the right video card for my system. To be honest, this post is going to include more issues than just on a video card, so I do apologize but I want a really good system. Let me first elaborate a little on my current rig.

AMD athlon 1.0 Gigahertz CPU
ASUS A7V133 Socket A mobo
KT133A Chipset
Inno 3D Kyro 2 4500 64Mb video card
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz PCI sound card
512 megs of Visiontek SDRAM
Windows 98 SE
Well those are the basics. I forgot to mention I have a 17 inch monitor that is about 3 years old(scrapped it from my old emachines computer) and a Cd-RW from my emachines as well. My problem here is I love gaming, especially FPS games. I am obcessed with getting awesome frame rates with NO noticable SLOWDOWN any time in a game, an example being a common shootout with 7 bots in Unreal Tournament. With my current Kyro 2 card, its decent. For example, I only get slowdowns in games like Unreal Tournament, Medal Of Honor Allied Assault, Aliens versus Predator 2(in the single player mode when I am facing lots of aliens) etc. Real time strategy games and older FPS like Quake 2 run just fine. Don't get me wrong, the games are playable, but I despise slowdowns. Unreal Tournament is notorious for slowing down when I am facing lots of bots. The Frames per second arent too bad where its unplayable, just around the 40-50 range, and to my eyes, that seems a lot slower than 65 fps +. I want a video card(and system if I need to u... Read more

Answer:video card and system advice please help

I think this article is for you, athlon cpu's with the latest cards that you mention with benchmarks

Personally if I was short cash, the gforce3 ti200 is great, overclocks very well.
Next would be the ti4200 which should be out soon
Next would be the gforce3 ti500

Nix the 4600, no pixel or vertex shaders as the article says.

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My trusty PC has been working very well for a long time. I have a Pent III 850 processor ,640 megs of ram, and a G-Force 2 Ultra video card. This has been serving me well even for gaming( Like NWN , Far Cry, etc. If I bought a higher end vid card like a 256 meg ATI 9600 would this be OK to do or would it be an exercise in futility? I cannot upgrade my CPU any higher( it's a slot 1).

Answer:Video Card/Older system

The upgrade wont be worth the money your system simply could not make anywhere near the most of the card,that is ofcourse if the card worked at all,if you enjoy playing games,it will be worth looking into a new computer,
In my honest opinion.

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Hi, I would like to start out with my problem. I have a HP pavillion a747c computer with an integrated grapics media accelerator. I recently puchased a Evga geforce 6800xt pci-e card. At first things were ok. I was having a little bit of problems with it resuming from hibernation, but not that big. Now the computer wont even boot up. It boots to the windows loading screen but then turns black with a cursor that changes into an hourglass, and thats where it stops. I messed with the whole drivers thing downloading everything I could for the computer, monitor, and graphics card, but that hasn't worked. I disabled the onboard video in the device manager and in the bios, but that didnt help either. I have removed and tried just about everything. I'm a little new to all this stuff, but I am eager to learn. Please could someone help me get my video card to work. my system specs are as follows....pentium 4 htp, 512 mb ddr sdram, and 160 gb hd. This system is stock with the exception of the video card. It is not in my machine right now. please help. My computer is set up for pci express.

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I have Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit and have installed a NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS. When I was thinking of adding RAM I found out 32-bit system only handle about 3gig. My video card is 512 onboard 1024 max borrowing system RAM. If I up my system memory to 3.5 gig will windows still utilize the full 3 gig while my video card uses the 512 extra or will it still be unused 512 memory?

Answer:Video Card Using System Ram on Vista

I am pretty sure it will take 512MB out of the a bit over 3 GB, leaving about 2.75 GB or so for other uses.

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Okay, I'm not really experienced in the whole graphics card field (or anything anymore I suppose), but I do know something is not right. It's probably someting painfully obvious to everyone but me. :/

I just bought an ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8x/4x 128 MB DDR (I know, I know budget card ) and I installed it the other night. This was replacing my old peice o'crap Nvidia TMNT or whatever card it came with. I made sure to put in the DirectX 9.0 but I wasn't really sure what drivers to download to go with it because the list seemed endless and confusing to me. Once I had all the hardware installed that I could, I went to change the screen resolution from 1024by768 to 1280by960 and my computer freaked and rebooted on it's own, but never changed resolutions. Everytime I try to change the resolution either way, it reboots and never changes. Usually one I come back from a spontaneous reboot, a Microsoft error prompt will come up that asks if you want to send a report because the computer just recovered from a fatal error.

Aside from that, the other night my friend brought over Sims 2 to check out and I installed it smoothly, but when it prompted to start the game, I clicked yes and it froze. I restarted and tried just putting in the disc for the automatic prompt to play and once the game's title screen came up, it rebooted. I tried again by selecting it from the programs file and it rebooted again, again with the "Send Error Report" prompt.

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Answer:Having problems with video card and/or system...

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Just built a new pc

athlon 64 3000+
DFI Lanparty UT nforce 250gb moboard
2x 512 meg Corsair XMS PC 3200 ram
80 Gig SATA HD
Chaintech Geforce 5900 XT 128 meg
Nec DVD+r+rw
phillips dvd+rw
420 Watt PSU

problem is when windows boots up I get a pop up sayin my vid card is not receiving enough power and to prevent system malfunctions it will downgrade my vid card performance. Basically I get more performance out of my Radeon 9600 then I do out of my 5900XT. It's my understanding that the Geforce FX cards run at 1.5v, my bios shows my agp slot getting a consistent 1.52v. Any idea what I can do to resolve this? I will say I have not gotten the newest nvidia drivers, im using the ones that came with the card, (im on dial up, 17 meg download is unlikely to complete) and not sure if this would actually fix this problem. Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Video card prob/new system

oh i noe this!

your graphics card will have a little plug on it somewhere with 4 contacts on it
plug a 4 pin molex plug into that, it should work

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saw this card in tiger direct, for a very good price, wondering my computer can handle it.

this is the card:

and too lazy to post my system specs, lol, so ill post it here, its an hp pavillion a1211n here is the computer manual:

and here is a manual of the motherboard as well:

and final questiom, is that video card a good video card?

I also want an ati card since that way it can use my current ati radeon express intergrated and have dual monitors, which would be awesome, lol, specially for games

Answer:can my system ahdnle this video card?

yes that card will def run in ur system and yes should be a good card.

You should also consider the PCI-Express versions of the GeForce 6600GT, 6800, 6800GT and Ultra.

I am not vastly clued up on the ATI cards but these nVidia cards should compare very well (maybe even better) both performance wise and cost wise. Your best bet would be to decide on 2 cards and post a new thread asking for opinions on which would be best?

PS: You can run dual monitors from one graphics card, GeForce cards come with nView which is dual monitor setup software. I believe ATI's come with similar software.

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Is there away that I can share my system RAM with my video card to get better performance?

Answer:Share system RAM with Video Card

Not once you buy a card with its own RAM. Many video cards that are integrated in the motherboard share the system RAM but it is not optimum. Most enthusiasts avoid even the higher quality integrated video partly because using the system RAM is a little slower.

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Hi all,

All I need to know is one tiny specification for this video card-

EVGA 8400GS 512MB PCI Express

What is the Min PSU wattage? I cannot find it anywhere and yes i checked Please help. Thanks in advanced.

Answer:Help! I need to know the system requirements for this video card!

A minimum recommended 300W system power supply (with 12V current rating of 20A).

Just be aware 256mb of the 512mb comes from your system memory.
turbo cache = turbo trash

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Hi, all. I've recently bought a new Gateway desktop (>_>, I know).

I was wondering if I could upgrade the vid card myself. Here are the specs:

Windows: Windows XP5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.2180
Memory (RAM): 1919 MB
CPU Info: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
CPU Speed: 2206.3 MHz
Sound card: Realtek HD Audio output
Display Adapters: NVIDIA GeForce 6100 | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
Screen Resolution: 1024 X 768 - 32 bit
Network: Network Present
Network Adapters: NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport
CD / DVD Drives: E: TSSTcorpCD/DVDW TS-H552D | F: PHILIPS DROM6216
COM Ports: COM3 | COM1
LPT Ports: LPT1
Mouse: 3 Button Wheel Mouse Present
Hard Disks: C: 294.0GB | D: 4.1GB
Hard Disks - Free: C: 229.1GB | D: 2.4GB
USB Controllers: 2 host controllers.
Firewire (1394): 1 host controllers.
PCMCIA (Laptops): Not Installed
Manufacturer: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Product Make: GM5072
AC Power Status: OnLine
BIOS Info: AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 02/23/06 | Nvidia - 42302e31
Time Zone: Central Standard Time
Battery: No Battery
Motherboard: First International Computer, Inc. KTBC51G
Modem: PCI Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP

Answer:Can I upgrade this system's video card?

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i have a dell computer that i bought in 2000 that i want to upgrade as much as possible. what would be the best video card to use with this motherboard to play games with? for future reference how does one tell what a motherboard is capable of handling?
Board: Intel Corporation SE440BX-2
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. A11 10/13/2000

Answer:Solved: new video card, old system

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Recently I solicited advice from TSG forums on a budget PC - very pleased with the guidance I received - and in the ensuing discussion, the issue of power hungry video cards was raised.
The new computer was to allow two of us to play World of Warcraft together, and I am now interested in upgrading our older PC. RAM is easy - I took the brand name recommendations from the thread linked above and plugged in our older computer's specs on Newegg. But I'd like to upgrade our video card as well, and I'm concerned about buying something that will be too "power hungry" for an old Dell dinosaur.

It's a Dell Dimension 4550, with an Intel Pentium 4 cpu 2.53ghz, and Nvidia Geforce mx 420 64 MB. It's still got its original half gig of ram, which I will be updating to the max for this system (still only one gig, but it'll be running XP, not Vista) asap. Needless to say, it's pretty laggy in some spots and I'm concerned about it getting worse in the upcoming expansion.

I'm guessing that this Nvidia is optimal for Pong and Minesweeper: can you recommend a safe upgrade for this system?

Thanks, as always, for any advice.

Answer:Need Recommendation: Video Card for an Old System

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My neighbour has a Dell Dimension 4700 PC with onboard graphics - but would like to fit a separate card. Does anybody have any suggestions for a suitable card for this Dell system?

Answer:Video card for Dell system?

you need to establish whether there is a slot for an additional graphics card? If there is what type it is ie pci-express or the old agp. If it does not have a graphics card slot you will need to try and find a graphics card that fits in an ordinary pci slot. You really either need to look at its manual or go to the dell site and download the manual for it.

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I installed a EVGA Geforce FX 5200 and the graphics are not as good as my old Geforce2 MX/MX 400. It seems that the card isn't being used to its potential. I know it's not a high end card by any means but it should be noticably better than my old card. Circuit City has the FX 5200 on sale with a 50 dollar rebate and not having enough funds available to upgrade my whole system or get a better card so I wanted to try out this card. The sales guy at Circuit City says that this card would be a vast improvement over my G2 card but I'm not seeing it.

My system is at least six years old but does meet the requirements that the new card needs.

I'm thinking that I need to update my bios, chipsets, audio drivers to be able to use the new card. I have Everest Home installed and looked all over trying to figure out how to update my stuff but I haven't done this type of thing before and need help. Please help me update my system software and such to be able to use this card?

Answer:New video card...update old system

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My desktop is a Digital Storm PC, running Windows XP, with a 1.7 ghz Quad Core processor, 4 gb of RAM, and an Nvidia video card running at 512 Video Ram. I would try to run a diagnostic on it for more specific information, but can't now.

I was playing Left 4 Dead today, when I heard a pop around my system. Being that I wasn't sure what it was coming from, and there was no change in the game, I kept playing.

However, after the game, I started web browsing and all of a sudden, my two monitors went out. The computer, however, kept running.

I turned off the system and turned it back on, the monitors detected no video and remained black. However, the computer itself seemed to turn itself on well. I plugged in a spare monitor, and found the same effect with that one: no video detected.

While the desktop was on, I used my laptop to check the hard drives on the desktop through the LAN, everything was intact, I was able to browse through my files and copy them over to my laptop. It didn't seem the PC was deterred in any way asides from video.

I did notice that my side fan (attached to the case of the computer) wasn't spinning and creating air. So I opened my computer, airblasted the dust from it so it could spin easily, and then air blasted the rest of the system. I then plugged it in to see if any other fans weren't working. The power supply's fan was working, the video card fan was working, motherboard and side fans were working.

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Answer:Desktop's Video goes black, monitors do not detect video!!

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Hi everybody. Im planning on getting a new video card but I don?t know which one will be compatible with my system. my budget ranges from 50-120. I have an agp slot and plan on doing some gaming on the computer (after the ram upgrade of course) and would like any suggestions that are compatible with my system. The computer that I have is a Compaq Presario SR1520NX.I have an AMD Sempron Processor 3100+. Going to get 1gb ram. I also have 250 watt power supply. If you need anymore information on my computer feel free to ask. Thank you for your time.

Answer:Need new video card that’s compatible with my system

I'd recommend getting this PSU and this video card.

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Hi, my geforce 4 mx420 broke and i had to remove it from my system. Once i installed the onboard video, i noticed a big slowdown in everything, closing windows had the effect of closing blinds. It takes extra long to load winamp, firefox, and other simple applications. Can the overall system slowdown be caused by not having a video card? Or is it something else. We ran a virus scan and there were no viruses. Back when i had my video card, the computer was fast, was able to play games, have winamp in the backround while playing games, load multiple windows at a time. Now i can barley run 1 application.

Intel Celeron D 3.2ghz
2gb of pc2700 ram.
Onboard Video: Sg3 Unichrome Pro 32mb

Im planning on getting a video card from my brother, Geforce 6800. Im sure this would help, but will it help the overall slowness of the computer?

Thanks, Geno.

Answer:Hi, video card broke, overall system slowdown.

geno2k3 said:

Hi, my geforce 4 mx420 broke and i had to remove it from my system. Once i installed the onboard video, i noticed a big slowdown in everything, closing windows had the effect of closing blinds. It takes extra long to load winamp, firefox, and other simple applications. Can the overall system slowdown be caused by not having a video card? Or is it something else. We ran a virus scan and there were no viruses. Back when i had my video card, the computer was fast, was able to play games, have winamp in the backround while playing games, load multiple windows at a time. Now i can barley run 1 application.

Intel Celeron D 3.2ghz
2gb of pc2700 ram.
Onboard Video: Sg3 Unichrome Pro 32mb

Im planning on getting a video card from my brother, Geforce 6800. Im sure this would help, but will it help the overall slowness of the computer?

Thanks, Geno.Click to expand...

Slowdowns on programs can be due to reverting to a *crappy* video card. Now all of te graphics it has to render is relied on more by the cpu now. Also, the Celeron D CPU isn't what you would call a "performance" processor either.

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hello, all. I recently upgraded eveything except for my video card. I now have a

Intel P4 1.6
640mb DDR RAM
Win2k Pro
IBM Marlin motherboard(dunno if that makes sense/exists)
and...... a GeForce 2 MX400 64mb.

when i look around other websites i see people with comparable systems, save for the vid card, getting much better framerates than me. for example, I was playing America's Army yesterday and noticed my fps go down into the 17s as the draw distance increased. in inside environments my fps are usually smooth in most games(keep in mind i never go over 1024x768, my monitor sucks).

Is it my video card that's to blame for it?

Answer:is my video card bottlenecking the rest of my system?

your G 2 mx400 is almost three generations behind the lates cards. and was a budget card even when it was new. it is also only a Direct X7 card.

you would see tremendous increase in performance with a Radeon 9500 Pro or a G 4 Ti4200.

in fact if you wanted to stay in the budget category you would still see a big leap in performance even going with a Radeon 9000 Pro.

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I recently purchased a new AGP based Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO to replace my Leadtek nVidia 6800GT in my homemade PC. I followed all the procedures I'm familiar with to properly install the hardware and appropriate drivers. I removed all the nvidia drivers before removing the card and used 'Drive Cleaner Pro' to ensure their complete removal. I also installed the latest appropriate ATI catalyst drivers upon the new cards installation.

Immediately upon testing my new hardware I noticed that though Windows runs perfectly allof my 3D games seemed to have broken. Most of them would run perfectly for a few seconds but would then crash or freeze in a number of different and interesting fashions... sometimes I would be able to bring the computer back to a very fishy acting windows, sometimes it would randomly restart, and sometimes the whole system would freeze indeffinately. I tried un-installing and reinstalling the current and several different drivers and had the same symptoms. I upgraded my AGP slot driver and tried reinstalling Direct X 9 and had the same symptoms.

At first I assumed it was faulty card and just need a replacement but now it seems I've somehow caused a larger problem. Upon reinstalling my old graphics card back in I noticed it failed to work completely. In this case, the games wouldn't even start. I went through slew of alternate driver tests and nothing worked. I also tried adjusting the card in its AGP slot and this didn't wor... Read more

Answer:New Video Card installation and System Restarts

Good Evening AlexandorJL, One thing that often causes card problems is when the machine is turned off but still has a powered mains plug fitted.
The problem is due to the system board always having power on it, even though it may appear to be switched off, this is a bit of a trap if any work is carried out in this circumstance.
Also always ensure that antistatic commonsense procedures are followed.

You appear to have been pretty careful so if we consider other possible circumstances there is some kind of viral problem that may have manifested which is not being detected or some kind of low voltage problem where power demand is lacking.
But there are numerous possibilities apart from that.
So probably best just to begin somewhere and plod onward.

It is quite common for A/V systems to either be crippled by viral things or miss them these days.
You could try this idea.
You would likely have a decent A/V system already installed which would comprise a scanner and a monitor ability.

If you visit and download their free scanner and place and unpack it in a directory say C:\Smartcop (you can put a shortcut on the desktop)

For the first smartcop scan make sure your normal A/V monitor is disabled.
Now doubleclick and run the smartcop program, note any problems and their locations etc, delete those you feel are unimportant. (Temp files are mainly usually involved)

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Been experiencing something I can't figure out for about a month. It seems ever since I upgraded my video card to an ATI Radeon X1300 Pro I can't get my system to utilize various power saving settings like hibernate. Today I got my electric bill and I really think the higher than average usage is attributible to this problem. Any suggestions?


Answer:System won't hibernate since video card upgrade

This happened to me to when I upgraded to an ATI All in Wonder x800xl. I used to have an Geforce fx 5200 and hibernate worked but ever since i upgraded it did not. Right now i just use standby, but I would also like to use hibernate when I am gone for longer times. Anyone have an idea?

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So basically got a new operating system and I thought I had every driver installed but my video card is not showing up or something, I think I need to update its drivers but I cannot figure out what video card it is.. I'm getting errors like
"Initialization of Direct3D Device failed. There is a problem with the display device or its properties"
"No suitable graphics card found. could not find a Direct3D device that supports the XNA framework reach profile. verify that a suitable graphics device is installed. "

and other things, so I was wondering if there was any way I could figure out my video card with this information.. so heres my system information.

System Information
Time of this report: 5/8/2012, 20:50:26
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 03/13/07 09:55:22 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1536MB RAM
Page File: 847MB used, 2587MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

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Answer:[SOLVED] The system is using the generic video card.

Go to Start/Run and type devmgmt.msc and press enter. In the Device Manager under Display Adapter it might list the Display adapter by name.
The easiest way to do this is to take the card out of the computer and look at the label and report the make and model #. You can also sometimes use Speccy let it scan your computer and it might tell you the make and model# if you don't feel like pulling it out of the computer.

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I have recently built a new PC for gaming, nothing crazy, just a project. THe system specs are listed here.

Board - Asus M2A - VM
CPU - AMD Athlon X2 6000+
Ram - 2gb (Value Ram)
HDD - 250gb SATA
Disc Drive - DVD-RW dual
Video Card - Forsa Geforce 6600

Now, I am trying to play GTA IV, I have completly installed the game and all registration. the system requirments are listed here.

I think I am having issues with 2 video cards being installed, but when I try and load the game to play, the machine kinda lags then restarts.

My board has a built in ATI graphics card, I installed all the drivers and updates, tried to play the game and got the error; GTA FATAL ERROR DD3D50.

So I tried installing another graphics card I have. I installed the Forsa GEforce graphics card, icluding all neccessary software, installed and drivers and updates. I tried to load the game and it will load, very slowly and then the system restarts on its own. Is there some sort of hardware conflict here? What could be causing this and what do I need to do to fix it and play? Please help me out.


Answer:Video Card problems, system restarts

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Has anyone experience with video capture systems?
I recently put a Geovision capture card in my Acer Power APFH ( 3.2 Gig/80 Gig HD )and it really eats up memory. ( 1.99 Gig DDR2 RAM )
Another thing is my limited knowledge of computer structure.
I understand when I read that a certain processor is advertised at 3.2 but actually performs at 2.6, etc. Like automobile milage claims.
What I would like to know is what I can do to improve performance?
If that chip in this machine is replacable, what would be better?
I have a background in electronics, and I am handy with tools ( 35 years as a Tool & Die maker ) And this is not even my first computer. I have owned more than a dozen and put in various cards and drives; modem, video, capture card, floppy, etc.
From what I read here, there are some pretty savvy people out there.
What can I do on a budget? Am I trying to do too much with one computer?
On this same computer I have the Video surveilance card and software, I have designated it to the 'back' drive of my 80 gig that is partitioned 40/40.
On the front half, I am running several programs, including a great DVD/CD RW drive, all the Kodak EasyShare 5100 stuff and a couple of video editing programs. I also have Norton's 360 program slowing things down, but I once upon a time had this horrible confrontation with the devil in Trojan in THREE of my computers the same weekend. ( I learned the value of 'backup' that day. )
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Answer:Video captute card and system tweaking

The processor is an Intel Celeron D 3.2 Gig.
I actually found TechSpot doing a net search using the query:
Intel Celeron D 3.2 Gig VS Pentium 4.
What I want is efficient SPEED and multitasking capacity.

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Hi i own a lenovo 8811-v4k with windows vista 64
Operating System: Windows (TM) Vista Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.00.6002 Service Pack 2
Report Date: Friday 23 September 2011at 07:15


<<< System Summary >>>
> Platform : Intel Averill Fundamental
> Mainboard : LENOVO LENOVO
> Chipset : Intel Q963
> Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 2666MHz
> Physical Memory : 4096MB (4 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
> Video Card : Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
> Hard Disk : HDS728080PLA380 40Y9028LEN ATA Device (80GB)
> DVD-Rom Drive : Memorex DVD+-RAM 550L v1
> DVD-Rom Drive : ATAPI DVD D DH16D1S
> Monitor Type : DCL7A - 17 inches
> Network Card : Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5755 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
> Operating System : Windows (TM) Vista Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.00.6002 Service Pack 2 (64-bit)
> DirectX : Version 11.00
> Windows Performance Index : 3.4 on 5.9..

problem i am having is when i try to install my other video card that is a ati radeon 1600 pro pci-e 512 mb, my system beeps a code at me. it is 4 beeps then 2 beeps then 3 beeps and 3 beeps so 4233. i cant fin any info at all on this so can anyone out there figure this out thank you soooo much

Answer:System beeps at me when installing video card

That is a motherboard/BIOS beep code error that tells us where the issue lies. What BIOS does your system run?

Also, if you have onboard video disable it first in the BIOS and then install your card.

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any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
i'll get back asap with any updates.

First off - Personal home built PC specs

OS - Win 7
Motherboard - Asus m4a79xtd evo
CPU - AMD dual core 3.2Ghrz
Case - NZCT Blackline
PCU - TX-650W
Graphics Card - Power Color gfx card - HD-4650
RAM - G-Skill ram - 10 gigs total - 1333 DDR3,

OS running off 500gig 3gbps
ummm I don't think im missing anything else?


Ok, haven't done a whole lot of gaming just yet,
I plan on upgrading my Graphics card soon to something hefty b4 i do,
but with everything else I feel like my system should be handling
things a bit better. The only game I'm playing now is the sims 3.

I have just about every game to-date installed
-other the outdoor living stuff.

up until I put this card in about a few weeks ago my
system - cpu - hdd - would never get above 38C.

now when I play the sims - although the graphics look a lot better and
it runs more smoothly(?), my card burns up to 48c. the rest stays around
25-34 or something like that - bare in mind im reading these numbers
off of the monitor that comes attached to the NZXT blackline case.

Now, the sims 3 isn't a very high-end game, but it does have / hold
a lot of information - you know with all the items and expansions I have.
and I've been trying to top the game out. (do everything with 1 family)

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Answer:high-end system in the making - still getting video lag & hot gfx card,

The temperatures that your case is posting don't really tell us anything. They are a way for you to recognize that something is wrong.

You should download and install HWMonitor.

HWMonitor will show us the Minimum/Maximum/Current temperature of your CPU/Motherboard/Video Card/Hard Drives if the components have the sensors.

After you have installed HWMonitor, start the program up and leave it running. Then you just need to play your game until it starts to lag, but before it crashes. When you exit the game you need to take a screenshot of the HWMonitor window and post it. Here's a guide to posting a screenshot if you need it.

Screenshot Tutorial

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Here's the deal, I was running registry repair wizard and there's an option where you can select which programs to start up when window's starts up. So I just un-checked small programs like quicktime, and itunes. Then I rebooted.

The first message that came up, from what I can remember was the problem is caused by (just blank after that) please contact "blank" Unable to load dlls. so I did a system restore in safe mode. No luck. So I did a system recovery. Which worked. But now I noticed after re-installing my NVIDIA card the perfomance isnt how it once was. Constantly stuttering when I play DVDs, qualitly is less. So does anyone have any idea? Thank you for your time
Windows XP

AMD Athlon XP 3000+
2.17 GHZ
448 RAM
evga/Nvidia GeForce FX5200

Answer:System Recovery Went wrong with My Video Card?

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Good day all!

I am contemplating purchasing a GeForce 4 Ti4200. They have come WAY down in price and are looking pretty good.

I currently have a GeForce 2 MX 440.

My computer is a P3 1 Gig with 512PC133 RAM.

I have noticed that I am having a hard time playing newer games like CFS3, IL2 FB and Unreal 2 without massive stutter.

Would I notice a difference? Is it worth the upgrade?

I f I spent the money I would expect a BIG improvement.

Thanks for your advice.



Answer:Is my video card bottlenecking my system? Should I upgrade?

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I just bought a newer video card off ebay an X1550. I installed the thing and tried to run 3dmark03 and it will run the first test fine but when it gets to the second one it loads it but when it goes to run it it restarts my computer. I get an message that says windows has recovered from a serious error and give me error code

BCCode : 1000008e BCP1 : C000001D BCP2 : E2F048FC BCP3 : EFBC588C
BCP4 : 00000000 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 768_1

when I click on technical info it says these file were involved


any ideas whats going on?
I am running windows XP SP3

Oh and other that that i have not found any other problems with it... I am using it right now

Answer:System reboots after installing video card

Have you downloaded the latest drivers from the ATI website?

Is DirectX up to date, etc?

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I am building a new system with a P4, 423 pin, 1.8 processor. I want to use a motherboard that supports SDRAM because I have the memory already. The problem I'm having is that there seems to be a new video board standard or design out switching the voltage of video boards from 3.3 volts to 1.5 volts.
I have a new visiontek GTS DRR 64mb AGP board already but I'm not sure if it is a 3.3 volt board or a 1.5 volt board or if I can change the voltage settings on the board by altering jumper settings on it.
So that's what I need help with. Also, where can I find a 1.5 volt board, who makes them, and what does a good board costs, or maybe I should think about buying RDRAM and keeping the VisionTek video board and using the motherboard that requires the RDRAM.
I wish manufactures would stop changes specs just to force us to buy multiple new devices when we don't need them.
Hey if you can help please do.

Answer:video card help in building P4 system with 423 pins

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Recently my PC has been shutting down during games. The error report I'm receiving is "Blue screen error caused by a device or driver" (the specific cause wasn't given). I have a Radeon x1950 Pro, I forget how long I've had it but definitely no more than 3 years. I have updated the drivers but that had no effect.

Depending on the game, the error occurs within minutes but it can hold up for an hour or more. Today I was using AtiTool (although my card isn't overclocked) and on two occasions the system shut down as the GPU temperature reached 70 Celsius, so I think it's an overheating problem.

I took the card out and removed as much of the fluff and dust as I could, but this made no difference. So I took the heat-sink/fan off and found that the thermal paste/pad (whatever comes with the card) looks to have worn away, so I've ordered some new paste.

From what I've described, could overheating be lead to a bluescreen error?

Edit: My OS is XP Home SP3

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Hi all.

I just purchased a 64mb ATI PCI video card for my eMachine. Upon connecting it into the slot, and restarting, the system hangs at the emachine logo. I took out the new card, and plugged back into the old card and the system boots fine. I have Windows ME, a 633mhz emachines 633ids, with 256mb RAM. The old video card is integrated, I looked at the website ( and I believe it said there are no jumper settings for the card, and it will auto detect the new one. I assumed this meant there is no need to disable the old card.

What am I doing wrong? I really want this card to work. Please help me.

Answer:Video card, and system bootup problem

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Very similar to the many posts I've seen here about pcs shutting down while gaming.... My system has worked near perfect for the year since I built it, and never a shut down issue. Only within the past 2 weeks, after istalling, and learning to play BlackOps did the trouble start. Keep in mind that I haven't used the system for gaming in at least 6 months. Within 10 minutes of starting the game, the FPS starts to drop, and then the system shuts right down. A few times I first saw the BSOD, now I don't even see that, it just dies. Mobo, and CPU temps are moderate at aprox. 50, and 62c, but the video card is so hot I couldn't keep my fingers on it more than 2 seconds. I've shecked the obvious like blocked fan vents, slow fan speeds etc, and everything is normal, and free flowing. Is it the video card overheating that is causing the shutdowns, or is there a different issue thats causing it to overheat??? Confused & frustrated....:confused

Answer:Video card burning up, system shuts down

8800's do run far to hot with there stock cooler. I normally add a fan to create some air flow across these cards and sometimes have to do a spot of metal work to achieve it, it maybe to late to do this with your card.

Can you try the card in another machine as it could be some other issue your having like PSU, mobo, memory, software.

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I replaced my PNY GeForce 7900GS video card with a BFG GeForce 8800GT OC card. When I played Crysis with the old 7900 card the game would sometimes slow down to a crawl even at medium settings but it would never lock up my system. The 8800 works smoothly and fast but on a few occasions it suddenly and completely locked-up my system. I have to do a cold boot to start my system back up. I have only played Crysis so I do not know if this would happen with other games. One of the requirements for the BFG card is a 425w power supply. I have a 400w Antec and don't know if 25w less would make that much of a difference. My CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400. I have 2gb of Corsair RAM. Anyone have an idea why Crysis is locking up my system. Thanks.

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I should know where to find info about my video adapter card such as make and mb but I don't. I looked under System Infomation> under System Summary, OS is Windows ME. Thanks

Answer:where can I find system info for my video card?

The easiest way is download and install/run Everest; a free download right here at Major Geeks. It will display every little tidbit of info about all the hardware in your PC. For video card info w/o using Everest: Control Panel > Display > Settings > Advanced > Adapter and it should show the make, model, and how many MB's are on the video card. If the sequence isn't right, I apologize; I haven't used ME in a LONG time


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Hi to all.  Thanks again for your help.  I would like to upgrade my video card, but because my computer is old, I just wonder if you could tell me by looking at my system specifications below, if it would support a new video card?  And if so, any suggestions about what kind/type?  I'm not using it for gaming, just regular use (word processing, publishing, internet, email)  Thanks for helping a girl out   Computer:     Operating System   Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional     OS Service Pack   Service Pack 4     DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)       Motherboard:     CPU Type   Intel Pentium IIIE, 600 MHz (6 x 100)     Motherboard Name   Intel Mount Prospect MP440BX (2 ISA, 4 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM, LAN)     Motherboard Chipset   Intel 82440BX     System Memory   768 MB (SDRAM)     BIOS Type   Phoenix (11/30/99)     Communication Port   Communications Port (COM1)     Communication Port   Communications Port (COM2)     Communication Port   ECP Printer Port (LPT1)       Display:     Video Adapter   ATI Technologies Inc. RAGE 128 GL AGP (16 MB)     3D Accelerator   ATI Rage128 GL&... Read more

Answer:I would like to upgrade video card, don't know if my system supports?

That video card should be ideal for all the purposes you list. assuming it is functioning correctly. What kind of problems are you having that you think a video card will help?

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