Need help with graphics card

By JOEBROWN
May 15, 2009
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  1. hi guys i need help, i just bought a new comp and was told a lie ab the graphics card and currently don't have the money to buy a new one. i have a pretty old card and i need to know were to look for drivers to put it up to date and play WoW
    plz help
  2. fastco

    fastco Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,511

    What video card do you have? If the card is too old then drivers aren't going to help you play WOW.
  3. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hi guys im new and i just bought a new computer to play wow and i was lied to ab the graphics card. i was told it was a 7200 but it isnt. its a diamond VIPER 2 Z200 and when i try and load wow it tells me i dont have a good enough graphics card. is there anything i can do to update it so i am able to play the latest version of WoW?

    idk i think its called a diamond VIPER 2 Z200.
  4. fastco

    fastco Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,511

    I've been researching and looking for drivers for that video card since you posted the model and so far i have nothing. The card was apparently made in 2000 so all of the driver links (so far) are outdated and don't work. If you are a registered member of www.Driverguide.com you might be able to find something on there. Sorry, I will look more tomorrow!
  5. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks alot man. im just irritated she told me something else. i bought it specifically for wow too. . . lol
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,020   +83 Staff Member

    I assume that means you have an AGP slot and not PCI-E, yes? What is your budget?

    Providing the rest of your system specs could be useful...
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    Hi Joe brown,
    unfortunately, that card is a relic from the turn of the century. not only can you not upgrade the drivers, you would be hard pressed to find the original ones. the only upgrade you can make is to replace the card. this is the top end of the x4/x8 AGP cards from ati: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131141 and I believe that from Nvidia the 7600gs is the top AGP card, maybe someone can confirm that. keep in mind that the Nvidia 7600gs calls for a 300W Psu, and the Ati 3850 needs a 450W, hope that helps :)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133176
  8. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    well the rest of the comp is decent. its a INTEL LGA 775, 2.8 gigahertz dual core processor, 1GB RAM with 120GB Hard drive. . and SUPPOSEDLY a 7200 but instead this piece of junk.

    Thanks RED, i guess ill have to start saving up my paychecks again. . . lol
  9. fastco

    fastco Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,511

  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

  11. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    well honestly I'm not really amazing knowladged on computers so i don't know what the phrases your using means. lmao. but yes that is the card I'm using.

    so im prolly guessing the next option is too go buy a new Graphics card. lol
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    heres the problem, LGA socket 775 motherboards dont have AGP slots
  13. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    so basically the computer i just bought is a piece of junk and i should return it sense i bought it yesterday.
     
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    I just looked it up, it seems there was some 775 that had agp...cant find them , but there was. so if thats the case with yours, those cards are the best bet. wow is not terribly intense graphically , but on other modern titles your going to run into problems and only be able to play at lower resolutions and settings
  15. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ya, i just normally play xbox every now and then. then play some wow but i have friends to play with so im not so sure ill be switching to other titles. idk what to do i just got into all this **** a couple days ago. i just wish that sales lady didnt tell me something different bc the friend i went with who build comps says a 7200 is a great graphics card but it seems i got swindled
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    I didn't even know the 7200 is a graphics card, which means if it is, it must be very old, so no it isn't a good card :). Very strange computer you got there. Where did you get it?

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic127622.html
    Don't post the same thread twice, especially at the same time, I believe it is against forum rules.
  17. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    i bought it at a shop that builds comps. a small shop in my town. i have it like 2 days and have had more problems then with my 360 in 2 years.
  18. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,390   +16

    Not to sound mean here Joe, but it seems you got taken advantage of especially if they advertised one item in there and it was something else...while I support Mom & Pop shops I've seen a few PC shops (in my town at least) who do take advantage of computer illiterate individuals by overcharging for products/services. I'm not sure what route you personally want to go, but if your having other issues with the PC as well besides the GPU you should return it.

    As you can see there are plenty of friendly and very helpful members here who will gladly give you advice on much better buys or even build yourself a small system just for your needs (your friend who builds PC's would have to help ya thou imo :D ). Just make sure you let us know your budget so we have something to work with to give you advice.

    If you don't wanna go the route of re-buying another PC getting another GPU is your best option as everyone has said just make sure you are getting exactly what you need and can use. Whatever you choose, hope it works out! :)
  19. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    well basically this computer is pretty good as a friend has told me except the graphics card and i only paid about $312 for everything but the monitor. i had one of those lol.
  20. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    And we should implicitly trust you because you just got ripped off :D.
    $300 is a decent price, i'm sure a home built computer would be cheaper and better, but with such low prices, the price difference is only marginal. Best to just return or up the graphics card for gaming.
  21. JOEBROWN

    JOEBROWN Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ya basicly what i have to do
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