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slow 2d graphics with nVidia Card.

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  1. silvershield

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    I have a nVidia GeForce MX 4000 (I know, its cheap). This is'nt really a problem,more of an annoyance, but here it goes.. Using the Nvidia card, the 3d graphics in games, etc... are much faster. But when doing basic tasks, such as email, web surfing...stuff like that, the 2d graphics are much slower than when using the Integrated Graphics (ATI Radeon Xpress 200).
    any help appreciated..
     
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    Have you got both cards enabled at the same time? If so they may cause conflicts.
     
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    No, when I select the PCI Card from the BIOS, it doesnt allow Windows to detect the integrated one.
     
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    Well I think the MX4000 is a step backward from the Xpress200 graphics. After all the Xpress200 is on a PCI-Express bus, supports Hardware Texture & Lightning, and supports Directx 9. The Xpress200 should yield higher quality images but that might be why it seems slower. Allocating more memory to the Xpress200 IGP and lowering the quality settings in the ATI Catalyst Center may solve that problem.

    For both cards using the latest driver may also be the key to get the most out of it. Both ATI and NVidia release driver updates regularly.
     
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    But if I use integrated, wont it use system memory, slowing it down?
     
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    Yes, it will use system memory but on the otherhand the MX4000 PCI is such a lousy and old GPU.

    That said it shouldn't be so slow in 2D mode. You either have not uninstalled the ATI Catalyst Display drivers or the NVidia driver is not installed correctly or the driver has a compatibility issue.
     
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    Ok, I finally decided to rip the nVidia out and invest in a new video card.. Though I am on a tight buget, what good video card can I get without burning a major hole in my pocket??
     
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    How about the Geforce 6600, 6800 series cards?
     
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