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Need a graphic card

By lilaaron
Apr 11, 2007
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  1. Hi

    I need a graphics card for my system, but i am not sure what will be compactable for my system.

    Heres my system spec

    Asrock P4VM890 Motherboard
    550Watt Enermax PSU
    Pent 4 3.2 Prescott CPU
    1 GB Ram

    Currently have onboard video, which is rubbish for gaming, i dont have lot of money so i was thinking about something like Asus ATI Radeon X1050 or the Asus ATI Radeon X1550 but i dont want to waste money and find out that they wont work, as i have already bought one and its not working and causes the system to not boot up its was a Connect 3D ATI Radeon X300

    Thanks for any help!

    Aaron
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Decent board with Socket 478, DirectX 7 integrated VIA graphics, and a PCI-Express slot.
    And PCI Express video card should work... but drivers can be a problem.
    You have to disable the video graphics in the device manager, sometimes, when you install a new video graphics card. Then install new drivers using the disc that came with the card, or by downloading new drivers from the video graphics card manufacturer.
  3. lilaaron

    lilaaron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So should i disable the onboard before inserting the new card ?
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    you will have to. chances are its gonna disable automatically.
  5. lilaaron

    lilaaron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Because when i installed the card last time, the system wouldnt boot up i got no post, and the card is brand new.
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    hrm.... yes, you'll need to disable it.
  7. lilaaron

    lilaaron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    made no difference... still didnt boot up
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,813   +159

    You have to set the first video device as PCI in the bios, as well as disabling the on-board video
  9. lilaaron

    lilaaron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    is that before installing the card ?
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,813   +159

    No, you can set the bios properly after the card is installed. If the card still doesn't work, boot into the safe mode by pressing F8 repeatedly before you see the Windows screen. Select VGA Mode and reboot. Have you connected a PCI-E power connector to the video card, if it has a power connector on it?
  11. lilaaron

    lilaaron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How would that be even possible when i cannot boot up with the card installed i dont get a bios when the card is installed.
     
  12. lilaaron

    lilaaron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No power connector on the card.
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,813   +159

    Pull the card out and see if the video returns. If the video returns, your card is bad
  14. lilaaron

    lilaaron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok... or it could be not compactiable ?
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