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The machine doesn't think there is a video card in it. This just started to happen.

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If it has an on-board card, then check if it is enabled in the BIOS. if it is, then chances are, it is broken, and you might need to buy an AGP or PCIx one. if it is a dedicated card, however, try to reseat(i.e. remove, and place it back) the card in its slot. make sure it is turned off. then turn it on and check if it detects now. if it still does not, then the card might already be broken.

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Nothing happens when I hit power button

If it uses the normal header pins for the front panel, trace the wire from the power switch back to the motherboard. Remove the connector and short the two power pins on the motherboard to see if it starts up.

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Video cards replacement and upgrades. Cheaper than a new computer!

Video cards are one of the few things that no one really pays much attention to. Unless you are a hard core gamer or you use a program like a 3D cad program you may think it doesn't matter much. Boy you would be surprised just how much difference it does make.

Recently I needed to replace a video card on a older computer. This was a 2.8ghz desktop with a single P4 processor. Was pretty good when it was new but didn't seem to be able to handle some of the newer games and updates to the 3d cad programs I use. I figured I was going to have to go buy a new machine to get something that would be good enough. Boy was I wrong about that.

My machine used the older 4x AGP style of video card, and not even the faster 8X AGP version. So while I had originally installed a good video card there hadn't been any real improvements in what could be installed. Almost all new video cards are now using a PCI-E connector so I couldn't use one of those. So figuring I was going to go buy or build a new system I started shopping around. What I found was a brand new (early 09) AGP video card with either 512 or 1GB of video ram. More importantly (and the entire reason for this tip) is that these new generation of video cards have a dedicated video processor. This VPU can actually be more powerful than the main processor on your computer. And because it has more power the main cpu is no longer used to help generate the images. So your main cpu now has extra processing power to spare. And because your new video card has lots of its own fast video ram you will actually be able to increase the video settings.

So what happened was after a bit of wondering if it was worth putting money into a old machine (that was taken out of my budget for a new computer) I bit the bullet and purchased a 1gb XFX video card. These are based on ATI video chips. There are other brands which are just as good so don't be concerned about that. I replaced my old video card installed the drivers and started to explore what the changes were. To sum up it was just a huge eye opener. I would not have thought a video card would make that much of an improvement. And it seemed to improve everything.

As an example. I had installed call of duty. Even with the video settings set as low as they would go it was still totally unplayable. With the new video card I can now play with all settings set to the maximum detail. In testing it when from a very few frames per second to over 100. So not only was the picture better but the game play was super smooth because of the much faster frame rate. And if my monitor could display higher settings I could crank it up even more. This card improved things so much that I can now even play multiplayer on-line. As I tried more and more programs I found everything had improved. Even the way windows opened up things was better. Watching movies on dvds was better. Basically for $75 I have a new computer. It improves everything that much!

So when you think about a video card replacement or upgrade you should look for a few things. One is to get as much ram as you can. 512 is good but 1gb is better. If you are comparing video cards you also need to look for the number of 'pipes'. The more the better. And you want to check the speed of the DAC (digital to analog convertor). the faster the better. You will easily be able to find a great video card for PCI-E or AGP for under $100. I've seen some sale prices for the 512mb versions as low as $45.

If you don't really want to spend the money on a new computer, consider about upgrading just the video card with one of the newer generation video cards. It will make a new machine out of your computer.

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Hp compaq 6200 not starting

A few things can go wrong when you are performing a computer upgrade of any kind, because during an upgrade, you remove and install parts, and it's easy for something to come loose, which may prevent the computer from starting.

Open the computer case, unscrew the video card and lift it out.

Make sure you move any release tabs before getting the video card out.

Put the video card back in place.

Check the nearby components, and make sure everything, especially the memory, is securely in place.

Close the cover and try to start the computer.

If it still doesn't start, replace the new card with the old card and check again.

If the computer starts with the old card, the new card is likely bad.

If it doesn't start with the old card, you may have shorted out the power supply and need to replace the power supply, but this is rare.

The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or failing.

The device drivers for the hardware are faulty or incompatible.

There is a connection problem such as a bad cable

for internal hard drives

Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA

the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a

secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide

this will be the first to fail

Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty

or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error.

Hope this helps

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My dell 160l does'nt have video can i install?

A Dell 160I is a printer, as far as I know. They don't come with video cards, although many modern printers have a small LCD display.
Apparently yours doesn't have this.
If you don't have it, then you're stuck with what you have.

Mar 30, 2012 | PC Desktops

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My computer mouse stop working, my computer has been crashing and the culprit the message says is the video there is a yellow icon down in the tray..device driver ...tried to start it in safe...

Your problem is probably the video card is bad. Try taking out the video card and plugging your monitor directly into the onboard VGA on your motherboard. Your video card is probably causing some power issues that cause your machine to shut off to prevent any damage.

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I have window service pack 3 and my display is not very good so i think my monitor doesn`t work properly so i have started installation of monitor but below massage is displayed``video card driver not...

First of all you have to remove the video card drivers which you have already installed.Restart your and again install the video card drivers.and restart your PC again.

If the problem persists, then,you have to find appropriate drivers of the video card, and install them

If you need any further assistance please feel free to contact me again.

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I have an eMachine that the moniter will not turn on. I run a virus scan. But cannot get the moniter the stay on. the power light is on, the screen is not working.

The first thing we need to do is figure out if the problem is the computer or the monitor.

Have you got another computer around, a laptop will work too.

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Need help with new AGP video card for T3092 E-machines desktop

You should go in to your start-up bios and ensure the on-board video is disabled. The computer will auto-detect the video card but if the on-board video is enabled then it will cause a conflict. Let me know what happens. Good luck.

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T2682 emachine running fine video lite went yellow & HD also

The first thing you should do is remove the video card and try to boot the PC using the onboard video (video on the Motherboard) and see if that solves the problem. If it does, try putting the video card back in in a DIFFERENT PCI slot and try it again. Sometimes Windows loses its marbles about cards inserted into PCI slots. My nieces eMachine loses its marbles over the Wireless LAN card about once a year, so I just move it to a different slot (swap it with the phone modem card). If that makes it flaky again, try updating the video card drivers. If it doesn't help, your video card is shot.

If it isn't the video card, try taking out one memory chip at a time and booting with the first one in. If that doesn't do it, swap the memory chip with the other one and try booting it again. If needed, replace bad chips....

After that, it is probably the power supply or the MB itself. Swap out the power supply first. If it is not the power supply, then it is probably the MB, and you are SOL.

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Computer turns on, but nothing happens

looks like you have a bad video card try to reseat the video cable to see it that helps if not tri a new video card.

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