I've had the geforce 7800 GTX graphics card for near 2 years now, which has been operating inside a Dell Dimensions 5100 perfectly normally until recently.
I am aware that the power demands of the graphics card exceed the supply of the computer. However I gave it a go and it seemed to work.
2 years on my computer has started to behave strangely. Anywhere between 1-20 minutes, after booting up, the monitor switches off and the computer freezes - the monitor will not turn on again unless the power is switched off/on.
After removing the graphics card and running the graphics directly from the motherboard this problem doesn't occur.
Is there any solution that allows me to keep using the geforce? If it is power supply issues its strange that the the card worked without fault for 2 years.
Have you tried your card on another machine? One thing i have seen in several forums (though i have not come across it personally) is that if you run your VGA card with a PSU thats not powerful enough, the PSU may get busted but usually the graphic card due to being stressed running underpowered fails. Hence the reason why i inquired if you had tested your graphic card on another machine to see if the same symptoms occur.
If it does not happen you can then know its a problem related to the power supply, as the power supply capacitors too degrade over time, and hence they might not be giving the same power as before. Dell power supply units have been known to work well beyond there stated wattage compared to the generic systems (Some case dell 250W unit seems to run better than generic 400W units).
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This may be because your graphics card is not compatible with your motherboard, If you are using a newer Intel motherboard for example with Intel HD Graphics, there may be issues with using an older GeForce card with the board.
Both solutions are wrong. The Dell Inspiron 9400/1705 is a laptop. If you buy a Nvidia GeForce Go 7800 for this laptop, you need to buy a Dell Inspiron 9400/E1705 motherboard for a discrete video card. The integrated video is a Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950. The integrated video has the video chipset on the motherboard and the discrete video (GeForce Go 7800) has the video chipset on the video card.
The best place to purchase the Nvidia GeForce Go 7800 for a Dell Inspiron 9400/E1705 laptop is eBay. If available on eBay, the price could range from $230-$300 and search for "Dell 9400 video" or the card name. Some eBay sellers will give you a $50 or so credit, if you purchase a card from them. The video card can be downgraded (ATI Mobility Radeon® X1400 HyperMemory)
or upgraded (NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS or GTX). Also, you can try parts-people.com, but they're typically more expensive and reliable.
Yes, the video card can be repaired in most cases. Search eBay for Nvidia GeForce Go 7800 repairs.
errrr.... do you mean the 6 pin pci-e power plug and lead that normally comes off your Power supply?
You can get converters leads that change the pinout of 5.35 HDD power to 6-pin pci-e but this is usually NOT RECOMMENDED for any GTX series of GeForce.
You usually need the dedicated PCI-E RAIL (with its own PCI-E lead/connector... or even better x 2 of them) on your power supply for these builds.
Once again.... i definately do not recommend converting one of your other power outputs to run a GTX. At best it will not work.... at worst (though unlikely) you may end up damaged your shiny new GFX card.
If you do not have a 6 pin PCI-E lead and plug running directly from your power supply to run this card.... you need one. Do you happen to know the model of your current PSU?
If it can be resolved by a driver. Got to support.dell.com. Enter the service tag of the system and look for the nvidia driver for your system. If it's really bad call Dell. Give them the service tag or express service code of the system. They should be able to give you the correct part number of the expansion card that you need. Talk to technical support first to get the correct part number and ask to be transferred to their spare parts department.
Same problem with a different card - probably something else.
Games require lots of RAM. I would add as much as possible. I recommend crucial.com. They can automatically examine your PC online, and make suggestions. Cheap, fast, top quality. Been using them for years.
go into your display properties and you may have to look around for a sec, but there is a setting in there that will say enable boarder uncheck this and you will no longer have the boarder around the screen