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Video Card You responded to my question about replacing a video card. It is on the motherboard however I am unsure as to where I would plug the new one into, also, I havent a clue as to the type all sites talk about pci and something else and when I look inside my pc I dont see what they are talking about.

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  • amycorsi5 Jan 28, 2009

    I have one pci slot empty and the agp slot has something plugged into it - it looks like another plug in for a monitor. Ok I feel like a complete dunce when I plug my monitor into that slot it works. Is this a backup?

    Thanks for all of your help.

  • amycorsi5 Jan 28, 2009

    Done - not sure how it gave the other rating....clearly I am having a non tech savvy week!

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Okay this model is rather hard to find the specs for lol. I need to know what type of slots you have on the inside. You should have some PCI slots which look like this. I need to know if next to them you have an AGP slot which looks like this. (Note, the AGP is usually brown and above the PCI slots).

Based on this information, then you can purchase either a PCI video card or an AGP video card which will work in your system.

PCI Video

AGP Video.

Thanks and please rate as fixya.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    Kevin Shafer Jan 28, 2009

    Not a problem; that is your working video! Can you come back and change this from a bad rating to a fixya rating? Thanks!

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer Jan 28, 2009

    lol I'm glad you had one already there and you didn't have to replace it. Good luck!

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