I own an HP pavillion a420n with AMD XP 3000+ cpu, my current display is VIA/S3G Unichrome IPG, installed in a PCI slot as near as I can tell from system info on control panel. I'm looking at a nVidia GeForce FX5500 card which is also PCI. I was told that power consumption by a new card can be a real issue. According to the specs on the GeForce, 250 watts is min. and 300 watts preferrable for operation. I have tried everything to determine how much power my current setup may be using and whether my system can safely support this new one. I can take it somewhere and have it looked at, but am hoping to be able to do this myself, just want to make the right choice.
Can you help me?
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I would say that you can use that graphic card easy, that 250w is only used if you run that card on maximum. It normarly use about 175-200w. If you have a lot of other items in the other pci slotts, you may have problem.
My recomendation is therefor to buy a 450w psu to be sure that everything runs properly even if you playing a game that use the maximum power of your graphic card.
Good luck to you!
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Re: I want to upgrade my video card
I would just upgrade your power supply along with your video card. You can pick up a 500-600w for around 35$. If you need any further assistance in doing this please let me know. This would definitely be your best option. also please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly. Thank you, Lee
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The Compaq s3200nx comes with integrated video; Via KM266 graphics. It has: Available slotsTwo PCI AGP4x 1.5v
AGP is for Video but nothing else and it must be 4v. PCI is for all types of cards including Video.
You can get a PCI Video card with more memory on it than your current video. You must verify your monitor connection. Is it VGA? or DVI? Make sure the card has the right type of connection.
You need a more larger power supply. The current one is a 145 watt u-ATX Form Factor; you need at least 250 watts in that form factor (size)
A better choice might be a new motherboard. Look for board with a AMD Socket 7 if you want to keep this CPU. The motherboard will need to match the size of the current one to reuse the case. It's a uATX "like" form factor (7.4" x 9.35"). Also plan on a new power supply any AGP or PCI-e video card will want more than 350 watts (for the low end cards). Getting a new computer might be worthwile.
the message is clear, the problem is clear, the solution is:
- upgrade your videocard to one that does support per pixel rendering,
- simply not to use that option,
- try to find another piece of software that has the same functionality but doesnot require per pixel rendering,
- get in touch again with the card manufacturer and see if per pixel rendering is indeed not available,
- if possible, buy another graphics card that has the option and put them in SLI (if supported) which will improve your graphics for other software as well.
The IGP in VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP stands for Integrated Graphics Processor. The WindowBlinds error message indicates that onboard graphics tend not to support per pixel acceleration. There's your answer: your graphics cards do not support this kind of advanced processing; unfortunately a driver update isn't going to solve the problem, as it's hardware-related. You will need to upgrade to a more powerful card if you want to use the translucent borders.