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Video Card. AGP or PCI

By Lynn Jones
Jun 7, 2005
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  1. hi im new to the site and not good with computers. i am wanting to replace my video card (Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics) with a ATI Radeon 9200.
    The problem is i dont know if the slot is AGP or PCI. i have a HP Pavilion 526X computer. I would be thankful with any advice.
  2. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 368

  3. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok so i need to buy a pci card?
    is any of the ati radeon cards pci?
    thanks for the help
  4. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    also is there a AGP slot in my computer if so where?
    and which slot is my current card in?
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    PCI is for you

    You do not have a current video card. you are using onboard graphics. That means a graphic accelarator is built into your Motherboard. Yes you will have to get a PCI card. The way to determine what card you will need depends on your purpose for upgrading. The problme with PCI cards, is that they do not offer a sigifigent improvment in gaming, as a AGP ot PCI-X would. But if you are not going to do alot of gaming, then a PCI card is a perfect match.Yes ati makes PCI cards, but the very best PCI cad you can get is an Nividia 5700LE. But i do believe that a 9200 is available in PCI format

    G'Luck

    Sean
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

  7. GoAvalanche

    GoAvalanche TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Hello,
    There is no AGP slot on your computer. The ATI Radeon 9200 is available in pci.
    Have a Good day
  8. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great, when i was looking at the Radeon 9200 it showed it was AGP and i got my hopes down on that card. But now since it is for PCI i am going to get it.
    I don't really want to buy it on the net first i want to check retail stores. Any Suggestions? An could anyone explain the process of installing it into the motherboard. Thanks
  9. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Also what do I do with the Onboard Graphics? Can you unistall or remove it or should you?
    Thanks again
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    You can't remove it. But you can definately disable it someway or another. check your user manuals, they should have the instructions on how to disable it (assuming its not done automatically). You probably need to install the new graphics card in there first.

    Of course, I've not played around with an on board graphics, but I have played with on board sound (I don't like anything on board). Apparently mine disables itself after awhile, and I've got no problems installing a PCI sound card.
  11. GoAvalanche

    GoAvalanche TS Rookie Posts: 66

    The 9200 card comes in both agp and pci so make sure of your purchase. Go to the control panel, System, Hardware, Device Manager, Display Adapters. This is where you remove the old video drivers. ok, The pci card goes in the white slots on your Mobo. Insert the application cd that comes with the card into your cd-rom. This will install the drivers. If you have any questions after doing this just check back here. Good Luck.
     
  12. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the info. Where is the Mobo? Is it one of the 3 slots or a different one?
    Thanks Again!
  13. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 368

    The PCI slot is one of the three slots that u have in ur MB.

    There are couple of forums here abt the best PCi graphics card so check them out befor getting that card.
  14. GoAvalanche

    GoAvalanche TS Rookie Posts: 66

    The Mobo is the MotherBoard...that thing where everything else is connected to it. You can find out lots of basic stuff at webopedia.com
  15. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks, last question i promsie there are two options with the onboard graphics (disable & uninstall) which should i do?
  16. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    oh and can i put it in any of the three slots?
  17. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    It can go in any of the slots. I uninstalled my integrated intel graphics when I put in my agp card. I uninstalled, turned it off, put the new card in, turned it on, and loaded the driver. It displayed with a generic driver until I got the new cards driver installed. It looked really low res. but useable. I didn't have to disable integrated in the bios(mine did it automatically). :)
  18. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright thanks for everyones help hope to talk again in the future :giddy:
  19. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 368

    which card did u go for finally.
  20. Lynn Jones

    Lynn Jones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Radeon 9200
  21. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 368

    coolm enjoy it.

    Happy hunting
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