Card not allowing more then 640x480 and 4bit colors.
I recently got a 'hand-me-down' Dell 2400. I replaced the RAM and have put in a new DVD drive, and picked out this video card so that it would be usable for me and my school work - any maybe a couple of old [old] school games.
Anyway, I install the card/drivers [have done both off the CD and newest from website with a system restore] and although the card works fine during boot and while playing in the BIOS, the issue comes when XP loads. It switches back to the on-board, and when I try to set the Geforce as the "Primary" card I can only get very low, unusable settings.
After what I have researched my thoughts are that the stock power supply isn't enough: 200w. Looking at newegg [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133233&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-] specs I am guessing that the 200w power supply isn't enough for the card[?].
So my question is am I right in assueming the power supply is the issue here?
I don't mind investing in a replacement, as the recommened one still keeps me within my budjet on this computer [not spending more then $200 bucks]. I just would like to ask someone who would know better then me if this is the issue.
Card trying to use: NY VCGFX522PEB Geforce FX 5200 256mb 128-bit DDR PCI
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you can buy ANY agp card at all to use for diagnostics. go here, and buy any of these. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=28&sel=Detail;55_158_2064_2064
i think you should remove the card and re install it. sometimes these bars you see can be caused by the card not making full contact. this would be my 1st step. then i would attempt to replace with a different card for diagnostic purposes. if you have a friend with an agp card, this is identified by a brown colored slot that the card goes into, i would borrow his to test. if it clears up then buy a new card. i recently had the same problem. when i pulled and put back my card it got no better. so i tested a new card and it was fine. check the warranty on your video card. some manufacturers like xfx and evga offer lifetime warrantees. just check your maunfacturer and see. if it has a lftm warranty they will issue you an rma (return merchandise authorization). this will let you ship it back to them and they will test and repair or most generally replace it. in my case it was an xfx geforce 9800 gt. they replaced it with a 9800 gtx. a much better card that has better cooling and cost $100 more than my old gt. they did this because they didn't have the gt in stock and i guess they figured i game too hard for a gt and they didn't want to replace it again. lol
Remove all traces of ATI drivers from add/remove programs and reboot before trying to install the newest Catalyst Control Center. The latest - 9.4 - does NOT have your card listed (they list the PCIe version, not AGP).
Recently ATI removed support for many of their "legacy" cards. 9.3 may be of more use to you.
It appears something has happened with the video card or connector especially if it displays fine with the onboard video and original memory. Disconnect power and reinsert the video card into it's slot.
Intel Pentium® III, AMD™ Duron or Athlon™ class processor or higher 128MB system RAM A 300W system power supply An AGP 2.0 (or higher) compliant motherboard 50MB of available hard disk space CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive Microsoft® Windows® 98, ME, 2000, XP, or Windows® VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor This is what you need for graphic card to work!!! Its very good card!!!