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Grafix card help with AMD XP dinosaur

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cactospiza, Jun 27, 2012.

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  1. cactospiza

    cactospiza Thread Starter

    Jun 27, 2012
    Having trouble with internet video on my OLD eMachines system. Have good 15mb/s internet connection with >10mb/s actual download speed, but internet video always seems to be dropping frames and the video audio sounds choppy. Have no audio/video problems when running audio or video from my hard drive.

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 3200+, x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 1471 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU, 64 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 152625 MB, Free - 26880 MB; D: Total - 152625 MB, Free - 17406 MB; L: Total - 1907695 MB, Free - 1358460 MB;
    Motherboard: First International Computer, Inc., AU31
    Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated:Yes
    On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    Planning on new system soon, but thinking a grafix card will help in the meantime. The problem is, i have no idea what card might work in my system. Attached picture shows my expansion slots. Any help (other than buy a new computer!) would be much appreciated.

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  2. Oddba11

    Oddba11 Jim

    May 12, 2011
    On first glance, and based on the color, I'd say it's a AGP slot. Those cards are getting hard to find.

    In any case, if HDD files are fine, but internet video is not, it isn't a video (card) problem. Update reinstall the software used for the page you are viewing (ie: Flash, java, etc.).
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Rob Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
    For HD Flash video that system will struggle. But have you tried updating Adode Flash Player and trying a different browser such as Mozilla Firefox 13.01 or Google Chrome 19?

    But chances are the graphics card is the main problem, Adobe recommends a 128MB card. But if you get certain newer cards they can offload some of the processing off the CPU and load it onto the GPU which will helpo too as Adobe Flash will tax the CPIU heavily and teh XP series are not power houses compared to whats available now. Radeon HD 3xxx or higher and Geforce 8400 and higher cards will offer that. You may want to look on eBay or Craig's list as a new card will cost about half or even the full value of what the whole system is worth.

    But an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814139053
    Ebay options: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=radeon hd agp&_sop=15
  4. Triple6

    Triple6 Rob Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
    Additionally, you could go into the BIOS setup, F2 or DEL on bootup, and increase the shared video memory size to 128MB or 256MB since you have lots of RAM and see if that helps. You can also install the latest drivers for the Geforce4 series which is located here: http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/5
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