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Video Cards Hello, I am looking to purchase a new video card for my PC, and I have 2 questions. 1. What is the major difference between gddr4 and gddr3? 2. I have looked on my control panel and my PC say I am currently using a PCI slot for my video card, can I use a PCI express in that same slot or no? My computer is a HP pavillion a6238X if that helps, thank you

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After installing new ATI HD4670 video card on my Gateway zx6810 I boot system hear no beeps computer powers on but screen is black


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Is this new video card the only video source on the PC (i.e. there is no other VGA connections on the PC)?

Without knowing the make and model of the PC, I will list the most common issue when replacing the video card in a PC.

1. Connect the monitor to each available VGA connection and boot the computer - to see if any VGA output is working

2. When you find a working VGA output, go into BIOS and change the VIDEO settings to either allow BOTH the onboard and add in video OR allow the add in video only. Save the changes and turn the computer off.

3. Move the video cable to the add in video card, turn the computer on and see if the BIOS is using the new Video card

Nov 03, 2013 | Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 4670, (1 GB) PCI...

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SELECTING YOUR VIDEO CARD


Introduction
With the popularity of computer gaming video cards are becoming of of the most commonly upgraded components in a computer. However, purchasing a computer video card can sometimes be a very confusing and frustrating task. Before purchasing a video card, keep the below recommendations in mind.
Connection
Today there are three types of bus (slots) a video card is capable of connecting to. Although with most modern computers today it'll be either PCI-E or AGP. Before buying a new video card make sure you get a video card that will be compatible with the available slots in your computer.
PCI-E or PCI-Express was approved as a standard on July 2002 and is the latest computer bus found in computers. PCI Express is designed to replace PCI and AGP and is available in several different formats: x1, x2, x4, x8, x12, x16 and x32. See our PCI Express definition for a full description and related links.
pcie16.gifAGP or Advanced Graphics Port, is a new standard available on Pentium II and later motherboards. Introduced in 1997, AGP is a 32-bit Bus designed for high demanding video cards. AGP has a direct line to the computer memory, which allows 3-D elements to be stored in the system memory instead of the video memory and is available in three different standards (1.0, 2.0, and 3.0). See our AGP definition for a full description and related links.
agp.gifPCI or Peripheral Component Interconnect, was first introduced in 1992. Although still in use most computers today will have an available AGP slot and should be used instead of PCI. See our PCI definition for a full description and related links.
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  • See document CH000258 for additional information about determining the type of video card you're using including the BUS type.
Power supply
Today's video cards are one of the must power hungry devices in your computer. Make sure that your power supply will meet the requirements of your video card. Many video cards will require a 500W or more power supply. If your computer doesn't meet the power requirements you'd need to upgrade the power supply before being able to install the new video card.
  • Additional information about determining what type of power supply you have and how many watts it has can be found on document CH000800.
Memory
Another important consideration when purchasing a video card is the amount of video memory the card has. Like system memory, the more memory located on the computer video card in most cases the greater capability of the video card. Today we suggest at the minimum a video card with 256MB of video memory.
Other considerations
Below are some additional considerations you may want to think about when buying a video card.
Ports - Many newer video cards will only have a DVI connection or both a VGA and DVI connection. If you're using a video card with a monitor that has a VGA connector it can still be used, but you'll need to also purchase a DVI to VGA converter if not included with your video card.
Chipset - There are dozens of different video card manufacturers. However, there are only two major chipset manufacturers; Nvidia and ATI. Although both are great manufacturers there can be great big differences between the two as far as performance. Before buying any video card it's a good idea to look up a hardware review on the video card before purchasing it if you're concerned about it's performance.
Size - If you have a smaller computer case fitting some of the new video cards in the computer many not be possible. Video cards today are much larger than older video cards because of their increased capabilities and need for cooling fans. Make sure your case is going to have room for a new video card. The only way to do this is to open the case and physically look.
Warranty - How long is the warranty and what does it cover.
Support - Is the technical support number a free number and is it open 24 hours, 7 days a week? You can find contact information for all major video card manufacturers on our video card contacts page.

Price range
The price range can vary depending upon the type of video card purchased, amount of memory, the interface used, and the available options. In general prices can range from $100 to $500 USD.
Where to purchase
For best price we often recommend that users purchase all computer hardware online. You'll be able to look at other customer reviews and get a much lower price. If you're uncomfortable buying online or want to talk to a sales rep you can always visit a local retail store and then buy online. See listing of places to buy computer hardware.

Video card installation
Additional help and information about installing a computer video card and other computer hardware can be found through in this page
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335145-installing_video_card

on Mar 14, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to fix when cpu on but monitor no signal?


Hello,

You may have a faulty video card/port. 2 things to try: 1. If you have a PCI video card (not embedded on the motherboard), remove any other pci cards and reboot, check for video. 2. If 1 does not work, connect a known video card to your system and reboot.

Good Luck,
C2Solutions

Dec 06, 2011 | HP Computers & Internet

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I'm trying to connect my IBM Thinkpad T61 to my television. Question # 1. Does the T61 have a video card ? Question #2 Does the T61 need a video card?


Hi,

Question #1. Yes, all laptops has a video card. A laptop will not boot up without a video card.
Question #2. No, your laptop already has a video card.

For some information.
In a laptop, you either have 1 or 2 video cards installed in it. One is the video card that is already bundled with the motherboard (we call it integrated) and the other one is another video card that is attached to the motherboard (we call it dedicated). A dedicated video card is bundled to a laptop for purposes of use, mainly for graphics related businesses (like drawing, animation, gaming etc.).

Hope this helps.

May 30, 2011 | IBM Computers & Internet

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We are trying to load modern warfare 2 and I am getting a message Error during initialization: Video card or driver doesn't support UBYTE4N vertex data. What are some options?


1. Look online for the newest device-driver for your video-card.

2. Purchase a new "high-end" video-card, remove the old video-card, install the new video-card, and load the device-drivers from the CD-ROM that came with the new video-card.

3. Don't try to load the "Modern Warfare 2" software.

Sep 22, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Vista 32 bit Code 39 on different drivers and 2 9600GT cards


Hello, well on your description I understand that the card works on other systems but I dont understand how or what happens on this system that it is not working. Is there no video at all, or is the resolution faulty, or is it just 3d games having problems or running slow?

In any case sometimes driver / software issues may happen and the windows registry can get corrupted. 1 possible solution is to run system restore from (accessories system tools) and take back the system to a date where the card was known to work.

good luck!

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How do i install a better graphics card


Start by Identifying what type of Card you need to buy. The Manual would be Extremely helpful in identifying What type of Video card slot you have. If that option is out you can look in the device manager and that should tell you what type.

There are many types For any modern Cards your Hoping for an AGP or PCIe Slot bare minimum you need a pci slot.

If you have a Vesa or ISA slot you'd be better off spending money on a new Motherboard & CPU

Once you know what type of card to buy PCI, AGP, or PCIe go out and look for the best card that fits your budget and that your PC meets its requirements

Most new Vid cards require a power supply connection or sometimes two or a special power supply adapter in addition to the available card slot PCIe comes in different speeds x1 x8 an x16 Make sure you have the right one that your card needs before buying. AGP likewise comes in 2 varieties AGP and AGP2 they have a different pin count on their edge connector so make sure what connector it has. PCI just about every semi modern PC has at least 2 PCI slots question is are the currently filled with other cards

Once you've purchased your card, you need to determine if you have an integrated video card.
This would be a video connection that is built into your motherboard.
If you do then you need to look up how to enter your BIOS to disable it (Usually pressing<Delete> or <F12> during boot up. Then go through and change the on board video card to disabled

press <F10> to save and exit
power down PC
Unplug power cord
Remove case cover and install new Video card
Replace case cover and plug back in
Boot up PC
Get Operating system up
insert the CD that came with the new card to install drivers and utilities (Another alternative is to go to the website for the GPU or card manufacturer and get the latest drivers) [ often times the drivers on the install disc are already outdated]

reboot ....... Congratulations your need Vid Card is install Now go play that game your dying to beat ;)

Hope this helps
Dave

Nov 07, 2008 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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Video Card


Without knowing the extent of your experience with PCs that's nothing but a guess really, but, yes it is possible, and is actually an easy task to learn with. I would suggest browsing for tutorials or techsites like this one and learn as much as possible before ever trying it. One little mistake can be expensive, but as you get to know your machine you will probably find yourself doing a lot of different upgrades.

It wouldn't hurt to check Google or even your PC manufacturer site to see if these are regular occurences with their products. If so you can replace other small parts while you have it torn apart. Though it is recommended that you only change one thing at a time and test for a while to assure no problems. Some puters are finicky about different parts. I've had it happen with network cards, video cards, and even new hard drives that just wouldn't work. They all worked fine in a different system but it's one of those things that are not predictable and can happen!

I would suggest a good upgrade and/or building a PC guide if you are not sure about what you are doing. An I hope you are successful if you do try it!

Jul 20, 2008 | Gateway GT4016 Desktop PC

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3D Video Card


what would the price range of the video card would you be looking for?

depending on the price range is depending on the card i would suggest.

Apr 07, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Do you have the 6-pin PCI-E power connector attached to the new video card? If you do it's possible you power supply is insufficient and may need to be upgraded.

Dec 18, 2007 | ASUS P5GV-MX Motherboard

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