Is my graphics card good enough for Win 7 ?

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bobb4ku

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I currently have the GeForce FX 5500...256MB...supports DirectX 9.0...after researching Win 7 requirements my system meets-surpass' all min requirements except that Win7 requires DirectX 10.0 and above...my question, is DirectX 10.0 (or 9.0) just for games ? Can I upgrade without a new video card ?

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The NVIDIA drivers site confirms the GeForce FX 5500 is not supported by Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Is your computer a desktop, and does it have an AGP 4x/8x slot or a PCI Express x16 slot for adding a video card?

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You can run Windows 7 on ancient graphics cards. Usually Windows has generic drivers if the manufacturer doesn't (in this case Nvidia). It just may run at a weird resolution, AND/OR have slow animations (you will probably need to disable them). CPU/RAM are more important for the O/S.
 
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You can run Windows 7 on ancient graphics cards. Usually Windows has generic drivers if the manufacturer doesn't (in this case Nvidia). It just may run at a weird resolution, AND/OR have slow animations (you will probably need to disable them). CPU/RAM are more important for the O/S.
Yes it will use the Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, but the problem with that is anything flash based will cause crashes or instability. Almost every site uses flash in some form or another so even surfing the web can lead to problems. Manufactures make drivers for a reason!
 
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Yes it will use the Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, but the problem with that is anything flash based will cause crashes or instability. Almost every site uses flash in some form or another so even surfing the web can lead to problems. Manufactures make drivers for a reason!
FlashBlock ;)

Though seriously, if you have to use Windows 7 it will work. It will probably work okay but there's no guarantee.

Trying to run a new OS on old hardware is likely to be painful. You would be far better off with a OS designed for your card, ie Windows XP. Or, even better, upgrade your card.
 

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Amd_Man....good idea but I crashed XP by "supposedly" cleaning it...I'm asking help via my Linux HD...I cant even access XP via Safe Mode...so obviously I cant run the advisory...do not want to rebuild XP and all those thousands of updates-fixes so I thought it would be easier to upgrade the OS...but it looks like from the replies that I will have to upgrade both card and OS :(
 

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Thanks dave will google drivers for my card..hopefully the driver will support DirectX 10
 
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Amd_Man....good idea but I crashed XP by "supposedly" cleaning it...I'm asking help via my Linux HD...I cant even access XP via Safe Mode...so obviously I cant run the advisory...do not want to rebuild XP and all those thousands of updates-fixes so I thought it would be easier to upgrade the OS...but it looks like from the replies that I will have to upgrade both card and OS :(
Well you never once mentioned you could not get into Windows so how was I supposed to know!
 
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