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Geforce 8600GT gaming problem.

Recently installed a nvidia 8600GT into my Dell Dimension 5150, now when I play games there is reaally bad graphics, and there is like a chess board shape on there with different colours. The games worked before I installed it. I do have the drivers for the card installed too. Everything is fine and looking normal except for games. I'm a bit of a computer nub so I may not understand some of the things you say but I'll try my best ;].

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  • elliottdropp Feb 07, 2009

    I'm gonna sound like a reaaall noob, but how do I found out what power supply I have?

  • elliottdropp Feb 07, 2009

    Yeah I have pretty much the factory computer except with 2.50gig of ram. Are you sure its the watts because the video card works, it displays everything at 1680x1050 in high Q, just the games are bad quality.

  • elliottdropp Feb 07, 2009

    The games used to work fine (the ones I have tested) on my old graphics card and they aren't at all demanding.

  • elliottdropp Feb 07, 2009

    Yeah I have the green nvidia thing by the clock. I'll have a little play around, but at the moment not much seems to work. I have tried changing the settings in the game and the res but there is still the same problem. Thanks for the help so far by the way.

  • elliottdropp Feb 07, 2009

    I do have another comp but I'm not sure if I am able to test the card in it. I have a samsung syncmaster 22" HD TV. It's connected by a DVI cable



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Whats power supple do you have? i have a 8500gt and it needs at least a a 350 watt most of those dells have a 305 watt upgrade to a bigger supple hope this helps

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  • bassass Feb 07, 2009

    I just went to dell and put in 5150 and looked at your manuals this is what it said you can look for your self here hope this helps im sure you have a 305 watt

    DC power supply:


    305 W

    Heat dissipation

    1041 BTU/hr

    Voltage (see the safety instructions in the Product Information Guide for important voltage setting information)

    90 to 135 V and 180 to 265 V at 50/60 Hz

    Backup battery

    3-V CR2032 lithium coin cel

  • bassass Feb 07, 2009

    well ..if your running a cdrom and a high graphic game like far cry 2 it would lag you down a little
    make sure you have all the new drivers from the maker
    or try turning some stuff off on your computer thats running.. a good place to check if you can run a game is here there s drop down arrow find ur game and see if you can run it..
    what games are you trying to play

  • bassass Feb 07, 2009

    ok you say you have the new drivers?
    do you have a little green nvida thing down next to your clock?
    if so you can change some settings maybe the refresh rate?
    Or the resolution?
    Im sure there's some settings you can mess with. Just make a note of what you changed
    I know on mine if i try to run say streaming music and a game at the same time its laggy
    I got 4 gigs and a 512 vid.... or you could change the setings in the games?

  • bassass Feb 07, 2009

    No problem..i hate to see someone that likes to game NOT.. but do you have another computer you can test that card in? Do you still have the box? even tho your games work on your old card dont mean its gonna work with a 512mb card..that needs a 400 watt power supple ... you have to think ..everything that runs is using that 305 watt thats in your Dell..they do make some good 256 cards..but you sound like me and want the good graphic for your games...

  • bassass Feb 07, 2009

    Another thing..what kinda of monator do you have?

  • bassass Feb 07, 2009

    ok then maybe another monitor? to test it out? could be a bad card you never know.but I'm thinking more like the power supple

  • bassass Feb 07, 2009

    shoot sorry i didnt see this part ( it displays everything at 1680x1050 in high Q) thats your TV settings right? if it is ..drop your settings down on your card .see if that helps



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