E-machine AGP Video card help

By 87gsxr711
Feb 15, 2007
  1. I know it's a piece of crap but it is all I have right now. I want to put an AGP card in my W2247. It has an FIC AM37 Motherboard with a 4X AGP slot. Here is my question/issue. The 4X slot looks very different than most slots I see on other MB's and very different than most AGP cards I see. It is a very short slot with no divided sections. Here is a picture, not of my slot, but this is what mine looks like. Can someone recommend a 126MB AGP card that will work for me. Not looking for anything real serious. This is my kids computer, 4 & 7, so they aren't playing anything that requires that much horse power yet.

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  2. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    Well first of all you will need a new powersupply (E-machines PSUs have a tendency to die and take the motherboard with them). I recomend this one:

    Here are some recomended video cards for your needs:

    All of these cards are 256 mb but they don't cost much more than most 128 mb cards.
  3. 87gsxr711

    87gsxr711 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    dmill89 -

    Thanks, I will definately replace the PS, I actually already have one. A few more questions. All of the cards in the links have a gap or "key" in the connector. My slot does not have a "key", does it matter? My slot also does not have the locking lever to fit the into the locking tab on the card. Will a card with the locking tab fit into a slot that does not have the locking mechanism? I certaily don't want to spend $50-$100 on a card that won't fit.

    Thanks again.
  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    I don't see any problem. Many older slots don't have the locking leaver. Your slot doesn't have a key because It can take 4x/8x cards as well as the older 2x/4x cards. The key is to prevent cards fron being installed in incompatible slots which is not a problem for you.
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I can tell you from the picture that it definately an AGP slot, being set in and black.
  6. eroz

    eroz TS Enthusiast Posts: 76

    I also have an Emachines FIC AM37 motherboard. I recently bought the Radeon 9600XT. My MB had the key, but the card works great. No problems.
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    My friend has an eMachines running of an FIC (First International Computer) motherboard. It is model #T3256, although it does have a notch in it.
  8. 87gsxr711

    87gsxr711 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    You guys rock

    Thanks for all the help everyone. One last question. Since you are saying this is a 4X/8X slot, does that mean ANY 8X AGP card will work. For example a Radeon 9800 Pro. Or does it have to specifically be a 4X/8X card. I thought I understood all cards to be backward compatible, and therfore any 8X should work, but wanted to verify that with the group who knows.

    I appreciate everyones input.
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    An AGP 8X card can fall back onto a 4X slot; that's all it's really saying. It's compatible with both.
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