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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im in the car forum , why is this here? i truly dont know....... but if true, answers will be hard to find.
that RC4 card is old and slow.... id computers too, and can answer. the card you have , uses what is called a buss. what you do is , read the mobo spec for you PC and find which expansion slots you have. then match the video card to that slot. some E-machines (warmart junk) have no slot. msi page, (home) shows One PCI Express x 16 slot. (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant) • One PCI Express x 1 slot. (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant) • Two 32-bit v2.2 Master PCI bus slots. (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface)
so you have these slots. find a video car that 1 one of those bus, connectors. and if said video car , needs special, power connectors your old power supply will not do that. its too old. go to geek squad, they know the ropes. ask them for options better, ask and say why you need to change video on such an old slow machine.?
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.
The ATI Rage XL 8MB PCI video card is a very old and low power video card.
PCI graphics cards are not as fast as AGP graphics cards so if your motherboard has an AGP slot (it's the slot closest to the CPU and is usually coloured brown) then that would give you better performance.
These days AGP has been superceded by PCI-Express but since your motherboard does not have a PCI-Express slot then the best graphics card for it would be something like this one:
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.
Hi there. Your motherboard will support both kinds of Video card. PCI is quite old and is only supported up to 128MB of video memory. PCI Express is new technology and is by far the best card that you can buy giving you the best graphics experience and can support up to 1GB of graphics memory making it good for gaming.
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.