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Compatibility with video card

I bought a Radeon 9250 video card (128mb DDR AGP version) early last year and now I am having some strange problems. I tried looking for up to date drivers but there are none because the card is discontinued. When using the computer the screen blanks out and then comes back on or not at all. Not sure if I need to replace the card again or if it may have something to do with the board. Also, when rebooting my comptuer it will come up to the Windows XP screen and reboot itself again...up to 3 times before fianally getting to the desktop. I've had this board for quite some time (6-7 yrs) so is it finally time to bite the bullet and get a new system OR new video card? If video card will a card that's 8 AGP capable of being downgraded to the 4 AGP slot? Sorry for all the questions!

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  • SurfQueen66 Jan 20, 2008

    Did the google search for drivers but they are the ones I already have from the original installation so I didn't think there were any more available. I will try pulling it out and making sure the contacts are clean and give it a try. I know I need a new system eventally but its not in the budget right now! Thanks for all the suggestions.

  • SurfQueen66 Jan 20, 2008

    One last thing. What about a card that's 4x/8x compatible? Thanks again.

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I tried taking it out and cleaning but it didn't help. Went to plan B which was to purchase a new computer. Really didn't want to get a machine with Vista but I bit the bullet. Thanks all for the suggestions. I still may get a replacement video card and give the computer to my mother. With having school online I really needed a stable unit. Thanks to all who responded!

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U can find drivers for it .... (usually in packages that have drivers for all radeon cards, u'll find them google some more... )

Try to see if the card gets to hot, if so cool it with a fan ....(or clean the one on it, if any ...)

Maybe the card is ok, have u tried to reinstall the OS ?

U can't put a AGP x8 card on a AGP x4 slot !!!

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SurfQueen66,
The cheapest solution would be to replace the card.There are good AGP cards out there for a good price.
Have you tried taking the card out physically and then reinstalling it. sometimes cards creep out from the heat, and sometimes there is oxidation on the contacts.When you take it out take a pencil eraser and very carefully clean the gold contacts (not touching them), then re-install.
Also random reboots could be caused by heat. Carefully blow out the case with a can of compressed air.
Please try this and let me know how it works for you.

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Ati x 850 pro 55 bucks used on ebnay would do it fast but y a u neeed 8x agp relly and new mobo 8 yrs thats getting old so wasy to build one cheap now days off new egg ducl core amd 70 2 gn ram 50 case 50 nice new video 125 ok

Posted on Jan 20, 2008

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    nick helpap Jan 20, 2008

    yes u can put a 8x in 4 x most 8x cards say 4x also

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