Graphics card/motherboard advice/help.

By Bradass
Jan 18, 2007
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  1. Basically I keep getting Ialmrnt5 display driver errors, even after reinstalling drivers and such, whenever I play WoW.

    Thing is, I've had this PC for years and I've been playing Warcraft for about 9 months and never had this problem.

    Either way I know I need a new graphics card, the only problem is that my PC was a ****ty one bought from PC world that has an integrated sound & graphics card.

    Is there anyway of getting a new video/graphics card without buying a new motherboard/processor?



    Also, if I do need to buy a new Motherboard, can you recommend me a decent but affordable one that I can upgrade with better VIdeo cards in the future (yeah, I know, I suck when it comes to computer hardware)
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    That all depends on what your motherboard is and what it supports in the way of graphics cards!!
  3. Bradass

    Bradass Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Operating System System Model
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) eMachines MS-6714 PCB 5.0
    Enclosure Type: Desktop
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
    8 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-6714 PCB 5.0
    Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 07/26/2004
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    402.33 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    309.14 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    BENQ DVD DC DW1670 [CD-ROM drive]

    Generic USB CF Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
    Generic USB MS Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
    Generic USB SD Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
    Generic USB SM Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
    HDS722580VLAT20 [Hard drive] (82.35 GB) -- drive 0, s/n VNR20AC2DVJDGS, rev V32OA63A, SMART Status: Healthy
    WD 3200JB External USB Device [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 5 1016 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM1' has 512 MB
    Slot 'DIMM2' has 512 MB
    Local Drive Volumes


    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 82.34 GB 64.12 GB free
    i: (FAT32 on drive 5) 319.99 GB 245.02


    Can I get a PCI card or something?
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    What is your emachine model number?
  5. Bradass

    Bradass Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  7. Bradass

    Bradass Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Actually mine is a little different, it has a slot (similar to the three on the left but a different colour and with catches at either end like the RAM slots) where I have shaded it red.

    [​IMG]
  8. Bradass

    Bradass Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok then. Thanks alot, you've been a great help.
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  10. Bradass

    Bradass Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Nothing, the whole section is grey and unclickable.

    FOr the record, what's the difference between PCI and PCI Express and how do they look different?
  11. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

     
  12. Bradass

    Bradass Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The slot on thy board (that I shaded in red on the picture) says AGP1 next to it. Is that what I am looking for?
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Well, that sounds promising...

    But we really need to know your model number to confirm. In that picture, I don't really see any slot. I am assuming that picture is not of your board, but one that just looks like yours?

    If it does in fact have an AGP slot, then your options are opened up nicely. You likely would also need a new PSU as well to power the new graphics card. Here is some good reading on upgrading:
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic66390.html
  14. Bradass

    Bradass Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Motherboard model: MS-6741 (the one in the picture) but it has an extra slot. In fact, here's a grainy picture I took with my phone.
    [​IMG]
  15. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    OK, so your board is either the K8TM-ILSR or the K8MM-ILSR. Both have AGP 8x slots so if your info is correct, then you actually do have an AGP slot for graphics which is great news! (That picture certainly does look like an AGP slot).

    That link I gave you in my last post has all the info you'll need for upgrading. Good luck!
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