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
errrr.... do you mean the 6 pin pci-e power plug and lead that normally comes off your Power supply?
You can get converters leads that change the pinout of 5.35 HDD power to 6-pin pci-e but this is usually NOT RECOMMENDED for any GTX series of GeForce.
You usually need the dedicated PCI-E RAIL (with its own PCI-E lead/connector... or even better x 2 of them) on your power supply for these builds.
Once again.... i definately do not recommend converting one of your other power outputs to run a GTX. At best it will not work.... at worst (though unlikely) you may end up damaged your shiny new GFX card.
If you do not have a 6 pin PCI-E lead and plug running directly from your power supply to run this card.... you need one. Do you happen to know the model of your current PSU?
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.