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When i turn on my pc i get no picture what video card do i need to get

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    joecoolvette Jul 05, 2010

    Suggest you diagnose something else first, and not assume it's the Integrated Graphics on the motherboard. (Integrated Nvidia GeForce 6150LE. This is a GPU soldered to the motherboard, not a Graphics Processing Unit, soldered to a removable graphics card) . (http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/100915... ) It could be you have a bad Power Supply. Weak Voltage power rail. 1) ALL the LED lights together use less than 1 Watt of power. 2) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts of power. 3) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts. Depends on what Processor it is. The Gateway GT5220 comes with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+, that uses an AM2 processor socket. This Processor can use up to 89 Watts. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD... This is why you may see LED lights light, fans spin, and maybe even hear the harddrive spinning, but there isn't enough power to turn the Processor on. No Processor running, No Computer. Therefore No Video Signal to the monitor. Suggest you test the 12 Volt power rail of the Power Supply, before looking into purchasing a graphics card. Need to know how, post in a Comment.

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That only depends on how much money you want to spend really. The thing that nees to be matched with a video card is the power supply. Look at the specs on the video card, and it will recommend a certain wattage of power supply. Or, you can start by looking what wattage power supply you do have, and then google "what video cards will my xxxWatt power supply support"...or something like that.

Some other things to consider with a video card..Do you want to do anything special? Hook up 2 monitors at once? Get one with 2 DVI (or vga, whatever type connectors your monitor has) connectors.

Also, video cards come with different amounts of memory on them. This memory is usable on your system just like your ram. It's just something to be aware of...256Mb, or 1Gb, I'm not sure if they are up to 2Gb yet, it's been a year since I bought one...but that's another thing to look at when buying one.

But for compatibility, it's just the power.

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  • Donna Sander Jul 05, 2010

    And maybe I took this for the obvious and probably shouldn't have. Make sure the monitor is good. Connect another monitor to it first, then check it with another cable and also take a good look at the pins on the connector and make sure nothing is bent or broken. Don't do anything to the computer until you verify the monitor is good.



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