I have a dell gx280 and i am trying to install a visiontek ati radeon 3850 graphics card but my power supply doesnt have extra 4 dot cables to connect to the graphics card. What can i do to try to fix this
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You hit that one right on the dot. ATI website showed the specs for that graphics card you installed as needing a 300 Watt power supply. Good news though... I researched newegg.com and I believe I found your 300W power supply. There are 4 different Optiplex gx280 designs with 4 completely different power supplies. Since you bought the low-profile video card, I believe you have the slim computer case and this power supply should work for you...
I'm looking at the specs of your dell and of the video adapter.
It appears the Power Supply in your dell may to under powered for the video card.
According to dell's website the largest psu that ships with that unit is 250 watts while the radeon x1300 needs a minimum of 250 watts to run and assuming you have the 250 watt version you need to take into consideration that the psu is also powering your CPU, memory,fans,hard drive/s and other components on in your system so 250watts just isn't enough.
You may want to contact dell and see if there is a larger psu that you can purchase. I would recommend one at least in the 400 watt range.
I hope you get it straightened out I certainly know how frustrating it can be to not be able to use new hardware.
Let me know how it works out.
has recently written some better drivers for the 2400 Pro AGP cards,...Make sure the setting in the BIOS for the motherboard is set to the AGP or PCI for primary video.
For AGP, make sure that you have the power from the power supply connected to the video card. Make sure that your motherboard does support 8X AGP video cards. If you are not sure, please check with motherboard manufacturer for compatibility.
Hello there. The Radeon 9700 Pro was a high end graphics card in its time. Today the latest Radeon cards are 3870X2, 3870 and 3850 models. The 3850, while mid-high end range, would be a substantial upgrade from the Radeon 9700 Pro.
If you are planning to upgrade your system, make sure you choose the correct type of card (AGP/PCI-E) and that your current system has a good enough power supply to power a new upgrade.