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Id like to know if the graphics card that came with the pc is psi express or not

I have a dell graphics card x 300 server enhanced mrmga8. i want to know if this card is psi express or not

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Yes your card is PCI-Express.

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Replace integrated Radeon 4200


You can't replace integrated graphics, the chip is on the motherboard.

See what you have for PCI-E slots, a forty dollar graphics card is three times better then your 4200.

Apr 14, 2013 | HP Pavilion Computers & Internet

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My Dell monitor has gone black using the DVI cable. The monitor works fine on another computer using a VGA cable rather than the DVI cable. Then I tried starting my computer with the monitor hooked up...


Absolutely, good call!

IF the Inspiron 531s came with a video card as is an option, replace it.
IF it did not, and is using the motherboard Integrated Graphics, install a graphics card.

{There are those who think that Integrated Graphics is a graphics card, and not a GPU soldered directly to the motherboard. I'm going to do this, or that with my graphics card, when in reality there is No graphics card.

GPU is Graphics Processing Unit. The graphics 'engine', if you will.
It is a Chipset,

A GPU can be soldered directly to the motherboard, (Integrated Graphics), or soldered to a removable adapter card. (Graphics/Video Card),

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Processing_Unit

Chip and Chipset are slang terms to denote I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit


The Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop PC has a PCI-Express x16 expansion slot, on the motherboard,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd531/en/OM/appendix.htm#wp1149549

(Under the heading - Specifications. Scroll down to the subheading Expansion Bus, and look to the right of the second PCI Express heading.
PCI Express - connector - 1 x16)

You can use a PCI-Express graphics card.

To go a little deeper;
The PCI Express technology has changed since it's inception. (2004)
Went basically from version 1.0, to 1.1, to 2.0, and now 2.1

In 2007 (January 15) the PCI Express 2.0 version was brought out.
(As far as I know PCI Express 3.0 isn't out yet. Supposed to come out in late 2011, but it's delayed)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

Since the Dell Inspiron 531s came out in 2008, (According to my sources) it should be using the PCI Express 2.0 technology.

Both, graphics cards that are built upon the PCI Express 2.0 technology, AND the PCI Express 2.1 technology, will work on your computer.

The main thing you need to be concerned with is the power requirement.

Does your Power Supply have enough Watts to run the graphics/video card you're looking at?

Does the 12 Volt power rail of the Power Supply, have enough Amp's (Amperage), to run the graphics card you're looking at?

The Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop PC comes with a 300 Watt power supply.
Do not know what the 12 Volt power rail amperage is.


You also have to be concerned if the graphics card you are looking at, will FIT in the computer case.
The case measures 6.7 inches across, from the OUTSIDE edges.
(6 and 3/4 inches approximately, or 17 cm)

A good seller will state the physical dimensions of the graphics card. Look at the Height.
Computer unplugged from power, computer on a table, computer case open.

OBSERVE Anti-Static Precautions.
Measure the distance from the top edge of the PCI Express x16 slot, to the inside edge of the computer case.
This is the distance in Height that the graphics card will have to fit in.

(The graphics card will go down into the PCI Express x16 slot, a little. Approximately 1/2 inch.
Do Not include this. It will allow 1/2 inch of clearance from the top of the graphics card, to the inside edge of the computer case. You do not want the graphics card to touch the computer case )

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

{If you use a metal tape measure, touch it to the metal frame BEFORE using. Same thing with a wooden ruler that has a metal edge. Touch the metal edge to the metal frame of the open computer}

If you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

Recommendation for a graphics (Video) card?

I go with the 'Best Bang for the Buck' theory,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130680

I'm also watching the power requirement. {300 Watt power supply}

{It's 5.7 inches long (5 and 3/4 inches approx.), and 4.38 inches Tall. (Height. 4 and 3/8ths inches approx.}

Note that the video (Graphics) card has two DVI ports, and an HDMI port.
If your monitor has a VGA cable, you'll need to buy an adapter.
Female VGA (HD-15) to male DVI adapter.

{Monitor cable has a male (pins) VGA connector. Video card has a Female (Socket holes) DVI connector (Port)
Adapter VGA end is Female. DVI end is Male}

Example of female VGA (HD-15) to male DVI adapter,

http://www.directron.com/adp04.html

Click on the smaller photos under the main large photo, to enlarge them.

For additional questions, or to have me clarify anything I have stated, please post in a Comment.
(Upper right of your page, blue Comment)

Regards,
joecoolvette

Sep 16, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop Computer

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Does This Graphics Card Work With My Dell Inspiron 530s Even Though My Power Supply Is Only 250 Watts? Will my computer work with this card even though the PSU is only 250 watts?...


I think you're asking for trouble. The specs at the link you gave recommend at least a 300-watt supply. By the time you figure in the normal load of everything else in the system, there probably won't be enough power from the 250-watt supply to let the card work reliably, and may affect overall system operation. One of the problems with small form-factor computers is that they often use a proprietary power supply to fit the case, and you can't replace it with anything larger. This limits expansion capability. I'd suggest saving your money.

Aug 15, 2011 | Dell Inspiron 530s Desktop Computer

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My Graphic Card is malfunctioning


goto amd.com radeon drivers support tab on the right edge

choose the appropriate driver for your OSsystem

download and update

be sure your bios is up to date... microsoft may have fouled things up

this is a rather old video card

it is possibly a hardware error too

Jan 22, 2011 | Dell MRMGA8 RADEON X300 SE, (128 MB)...

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Need to know the default resolution for this card


There is no default resolution on graphic cards, only on LCD monitors - on CTR ones there's a preferred resolution.
This card does its best at XGA 1024×768 when used in regular 2D tasks like Office.

Jan 13, 2011 | Dell MRMGA8 RADEON X300 SE, (128 MB)...

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What type of graphics card to buy for an emachines EL1600


Take the card back - take the pc tower with you - take the cover off and show the sales man where you need the card to fit - you do not have PCI slots - sorry - but there is a pc video card that will make you happy - just get one made for your set up-

Apr 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Video chip location on computer board


If this is a direct reference to the Dell Dimension 5150 Desktop computer, it is an Intel GMA950 integrated graphics chip, soldered to the motherboard.

You will see Intel at the top of the chip, and GMA950 under Intel.

This is Dell Support, and the Service Manual for the Dell Dimension 5150/E510 Desktop computer.

More specifically this is the Specifications Documentation, and the Technical Overview part of the Service Manual,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5150/en/sm/techov1.htm#wp1058472

I referenced this page, to show you the basic components on the motherboard. Click on the sub-heading - System Board Components, in the list.

At the top of the motherboard you will see the processor sitting diagonally.

Under it you will see the Northbridge chipset, and more specifically in this crude illustration, you are looking at the heatsink which resides on the Northbridge chipset.

(Has a Z shaped clip which holds the heatsink to the Northbridge chipset. The heatsink has a 'meat cleaver' type of design)

In the area that is blank to the Left of the Battery, will be the Intel GMA950 GPU.
(GPU = Graphics Processing Unit, or graphics chip)

If you are wanting to upgrade your graphics quality, purchase a graphics card, and install it in the PCI Express x16 slot.
{In the illustration the slot is over to the Left.
PCI Express x16 connector (Slot 1)

How to know what graphics card is compatible with your computer?

1.You have a PCI Express x16 slot for a graphics card. This is the style of graphics card you need.

It is the PCI Express 1.1 version technology used. I wanted to add this in case you need it for reference.

Be aware of this! No matter what anyone tells you, you can use a PCI Express graphics card based on the PCI Express 2.0 technology, in your PCI Express 1.1 slot.

Why?
Because PCI Express 2.0 technology is Backwards Compatible with PCI Express 1.1 technology.

Backwards Compatible. Means it will recognize the PCI Express graphics card utilizing PCI-E 2.0, and will work.

2.You have a 305 Watt power supply. You need to have enough Wattage, (Power), for the computer system, and the graphics card.

I advise using an ATI Radeon graphics card. Which one? Since you have a Pentium 4 processor, 305 Watt power supply,
(With all probability a 18 Amp, 12 volt power rail),
I suggest something along the lines of an ATI Radeon HD3850.

Depends on what you expect from your graphics.

If your reference in your query above is that you believe your graphics chip may be burned out, then I definitely suggest using a graphics card.

The PCI Express x16 slot is controlled by the Northbridge chipset. Doesn't matter if your Integrated Intel GMA950 GPU is burned out, or not.

Oct 12, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Upgrade compatibility continued


hiya

as this pc is skt 775 and has dual core support then it is quite likely that the e5200 will work but may need a bios update to support this cpu...

just goto dells site and choose the pc u have and select drivers then download the lastest bios, transfer it to the dell pc run it as its a self extractor system will reboot perform the update then bobs ya uncle.......pop in new cpu and hey presto cheapo ugrado

#and as for the graphics card you will need to accertain which pcie version u have as most dell pc's only have pcie v1 so wont be able to handle the newer gpu's on the market.......

hope this helps

Rik

Feb 24, 2009 | Dell Dimension 9100 PC Desktop

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More compatibility problems ?


what you will need to do is accertain which cpu format you have in your machine and find out if you have pcie 1 or 2

regards rich

Feb 24, 2009 | Dell Dimension 9100 PC Desktop

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