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selecting a video card

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  1. r01axb

    r01axb Thread Starter

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    what terms do you look for when buying a video card to know if it will be compatible with your computer?

    My computer manual shows I have:

    Built-in AGP video controller and SGRAM video memory (4MB) on the mainboard.

    Two 32-bit PCI and two 16-bit ISA bus connectors.

    What do I look for when purchasing a video card?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Jtoast

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    1) check your manual and see if you have an agp slot/connecter.



    If you are not sure after reading the manual, open the side of your computer and look inside.....

    An AGP slot is usually brown and above the pci slots (the slots that your modem is in). It will be somewhat smaller than the PCI slots also.



    If you do not have an AGP slot, then you will need to purchase a PCI version of whichever video card you choose.
     
  3. MRCooLBP

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    Toast answered very well but to stay specific to how you're question was asked:

    If you have APG compatibility and desire an APG card then all you need is to find an "APG" card. If you don't have APG then "PCI" will do just fine

    note: APG cards are generally faster and a little higher quality
     
  4. r01axb

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    Thanks alot u2 for your answers.
     
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  6. r01axb

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    Thanks alot, those links help alot.

    I came across a video card that said only compatible with PCI 2.2, not PCI 2.0, what does that mean? I looked through my manual I don't see anything about 2.2 or 2.0.
     
  7. buckaroo

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    Have you determined whether your mobo has an AGP slot? If you do, an AGP video card is preferable to a pci card. If there's compatibility issues with whatever card you're looking at, then you have to know what your mobo supports. Giving us more info on your pc, may help us figure out compatibility issues.

    Although I haven't d/l this application yet, I understand it provides gobs of info about your pc and may give the pci info you need to know:

    http://www.aida32.hu/aida32.php

    :cool:
     
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