I have Insignia D400a pc that geek squad says needs PCI VIDEO card to repair. they say NOT pci EXPRESS. I am fixing this to give to my grand daughter and don't need the most expensive card. advice please.
Please don't listen to her. I hate people who don't know what they're talking about.
Jastababe, they are asking for a video card, not onboard video!
Marshal, they gave you the right advice, look for a graphics video card that is of bus type: PCI. There are two graphic card makers: Nvidia, and ATI. Nvidia FX5200 PCI is good but it lacks in power. You're very limited to the choices because its standard PCI which is slow. Graphics cards are tough to choose, but just remember it's PCI, not PCI Express!
FYI, there are three types of bus types: PCI, AGP, PCI-Express.
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Re: PCI Video Card
The Specifications to your system states that you have Intel Extreme Graphics onboard. Below is a link where you can find manuals and drivers for that card. http://www.intel.com/products/chipsets/eg2/index.htm
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If you mean Backwards Compatible? This refers to PCI Express versions. Meaning a version 1 card will work on a newer version like 2 or 3, as long as form factors are compatible. Most PC hardware is designed to this way. Sadly you don't need to worry about this.
The D400-A PCs's were unfortunately made before the PCIe specs became standard. Almost none of the newer video cards will work, but I was lucky enough to find an nVidia GeForce 9400GT 1GB card that fits standard PCI. Be careful shopping for one online, make sure the product details state that it is the PCI version of the card, not the PCIe version.
Your desktop PC has integrated video card, Intel 845GV. What you can do is buy a PCI Video Card and just add to the PCI slot in on your motherboard. You need to open your computer and just insert it in a slot. Slots are either 3 or 4 slots in the back of the computer down to the bottom when the computer is in a normal position
I would recommend any of the Nvidia or ATI video cards that come in the PCI format. Your computer only has PCI slots. These are the older slot types, so your options will be limited for brand new cards, but there's still plenty out there. As long as the slot type is PCI and the chipset is a major manufacturer, it should work with no problem. Do NOT get any video card that says "PCI Express" or "PCI-X" - they won't fit.
Try reseating the RAM. If you have multiple sticks, take them all out and add one back. If you have video again, add them back one at a time until it fails. If you don't have video, take that stick back out and put in another.