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I have a compaq D51C with new 450 power supply, 512mb ram and no idea which vid card to use. I've been told there is agp, pci and pci express. any suggestions? thx.

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  • svnty2 Feb 22, 2009

    I've added the Nvidia Geforce 8400Gs to this, and I've been reduced to 16 colors and 4bit color quality. I checked the bios, and the internal graphics is set to disabled. The drivers have been installed from the disc. Did I miss a step, or should I remove and start over?

    Thanks, Svnty2.

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Your computer uses an agp video card.

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