I recently bought a nvidia geforce 9600gt, and trying to run it on a aspire t180 but cannot find a plugin for the power supply to the vid card. if i plug the monitor into the designated spot on the tower it works but does not recognize the video card. when i plug the monitor into the vid card my monitor stays asleep i think this is why i need to find the 4 pin plug in but have searched and cannot find. hoping that plugging it into the power will help it recognize the new hardware. wondering if the t180 models come with this connection or if its another peice of hardware i have to purchase... any info in this would be grand.
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Re: Aspire t-180 4-pin power plug
Your aspire does not include a PCI-Express power connector... that's why you'll need to buy an adapter cable that transforms two other type of connectors (molex) available from your power supply into the one you need to feed power to your video card.
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Find out what type of Nvidia graphics card it is, then goto the nvidia site and download the installer from them. The installer usually supports multiple families/models of cards. But yes, you need to download the installer for Win XP pro. You can do it manually, or have it automatically scan for the hardware and download the correct driver automatically.
Here's a link to the automatic --> http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Scan.aspx?lang=en-us
Aspire T180 Specifications
AMD AM2 Athlon 64 x 2 or Athlon 64 or Sempron (940 pin)
256MB DDR2 533/667/800 SDRAM expandable to 4GB 1 Ok now that i found the spec for your computer here we go you can install the amd 64 x2 but not Phenom x4 9950
2 As for the graphic card you seem to know a little about computers so you can install and pci express x 16 graphics card that only needs one slot but remember some need power and this mean you my have to upgrade your power supply.So really you can by any single slot pci express graphics card for your computer so it comes down to how much you want to spend. 3.Ok for ram your max will be 4 gbs most likely ddr2 which mean that you have 4 ram spot in your computer. hope this help please vote for me.
YOu can download driver from the acer wbsite. or copy and paste to the address bar the link provided by geek63640, and then in "product line" select "Desktop" then in product select "aspire T 180" and in the download column select what driver you want to download.
But recommended to download all the drivers and then install all. pls install in series.