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joshua.wilbo

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What can anyone tell me about this integrated graphics chip? I've been hearing terrible things and that it is really hard to install a new card on a board with this...
 
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Most integrated graphics boards will take a separate graphics card. You need to check which one, if it has an agp slot it is likely to take a 4xagp card (8x ones are backwards compatible, the only problem is if its an AGP 1.0 slot as opposed to an AGP 2.0 or AGP 3.0 one.
 

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Its really the motherboard that determines if its possible to install a new video card and how easy it will be.

You want to disable the onboard video in the BIOS or on the motherboard with a jumper. The motherboard manual will be helpful with this. Some motherboards will automatically disable the onboard video as well.
 

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Triple6 said:
Its really the motherboard that determines if its possible to install a new video card and how easy it will be.

You want to disable the onboard video in the BIOS or on the motherboard with a jumper. The motherboard manual will be helpful with this. Some motherboards will automatically disable the onboard video as well.
The motherboard is a MB-MS6738 KM266 from microtel...I cannot seem to find a manual for it, could someone help me to locate it pls. Thank you. Btw, I very much appreciate everyones input. :)
 

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Here are full motherboard specs....

SPECIFICATION

CPU
o Supports Socket A for AMD® Athlon(tm)/Athlon(tm) XP/Duron(tm) Processor
o Supports up to Athlon XP 2600+ processor.

CHIPSET
o VIA® ProSavageDDR(tm) KM266 Chipset
- FSB @200/266MHz
- Integrated ProSavage8(tm) 2D/3D Graphic Controller, Up to 32MB Shared Memory
- AGP 4x and high bandwidth V-link host controller.
- Advanced memory controller supports PC2100 DDR266 technology.
o VIA® VT8235 Chipset
- 533MB/sec Vlink client controller.
- Direct sound ready AC97 digital audio controller.
- Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode EIDE controller.
- Supports both ACPI and legacy APM power management.
- 6 ports USB 2.0 controller.
- Integrated Ethernet MAC.

FSB
o 100/133MHz (200/266MHz) clocks are supported.

MAIN MEMORY
o Supports four memory banks by using two 184-pin DDR DIMMs or two 168-pin SDRAM DIMMs.
o Supports a maximum memory size of 2GB.
o Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM or 3.3v SDRAM DIMM

SLOTS
o One AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) slot.
- AGP specification compliant.
- Supports AGP 2.0 2x/4x o Three PCI 2.2 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots.
- supporting 3.3v/5v PCI bus Interface.

ONBOARD IDE
o An IDE controller on the VT8235 chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 operation modes.
o Can connect up to four IDE devices.

AUDIO
o Front Audio supported.
o Chip Integrated.
- Realtek ALC 650 codec.
- 5.1 channel AC 97 software Audio.

VIDEO
o Integrated ProSavage8(tm) 2D/3D Graphic Controller

LAN
o VIA® VT8235 integrated MAC + VIA 6103 PHY.
- RJ45 connector.

ON-BOARD PERIPHERALS
o 1 floppy port supports 2 FDDs with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
o 1 serial port (COM1), 1 Intel-spec serial port (JCOM2, Optional) and 1 VGA port
o 1 parallel port supports SPP/EPP/ECP modeo 6 USB ports (Rear x 4 / Front x 2)
o 1 Line-In/Line-Out/Mic-In porto 1 LAN RJ45 connector
o 1 IrDA connector for SIR/CIR/ASKIR/HPSIR

BIOS
o The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
o The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.

DIMENSION
Dimension 24.5 cm(L) x 23.8 cm(W) MicroATX Form Factor


Here are the computer specs:
AMD 2.0GHz Athlon XP2600 + processor
333MHz frontside bus
256MB DDR memory, expandable to 2GB
80GB Ultra ATA-100 hard drive/7200 RPM (total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment)
8x DVD/CD-Writer combo drive (DVD+RW/CD-RW)
Drive speeds: 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 12x DVD-ROM read speed, 8x DVD+R/RW read, 24X CDR, 10x
CDRW, 40x CDROM, DVD-ROM Drive 16x max speed
7-in-1 memory card reader w/ 1 USB 2.0 port
Integrated 10/100 Network connection
56K modem
Integrated shared video up to 64MB, default setting 16MB
Supports 8x AGP graphic add-in cards
Integrated AC'97 6-channel audio
104-key keyboard
2-button mouse with wheel
Stereo speakers
4 USB 2.0 ports - back
Available drive bays: External three 5.25, one 3.5; Internal four 3.5
Available slots: 2 PCI, 1 AGP 8x
Serial port
Parallel port
Audio port (line-in, line-out, mic-in)
 
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