Hi, I upgraded my OS to Vista, and due to this I had to upgrade my network adapter since my previous one(Linksys WUSB11) is not compatible with Vista. So I bought Linksys WMP300N. Sonehow, all 3 PCI slots don't seem to detect it. I tried it on another computer and it works. My CPU is about 6 month old, motherboard is BIOSTAR P35D2-A7 and this is the first time I'm utilising the PCI slots. I also tried slotting other cards in them, but they're not detected as well. Is there any way I can fix this problem or are there drivers I can download to solve it? Thanks in advance.
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Vista has a cutoff date on desktop computers for supporting drivers for video.
Your options are to go back to XP, or see if your computer has a spare
PCI slot, if so then buy a PCI VGA board that is Vista supported.
When you open your case and install the board, bootup and Vista
will detect the new VGA board and install the required drivers.
That motherboard does have 2 standard PCI slots, also a PCI express slot (the small slot). If these slots are already being used you can buy adapters which will convert a USB slot into a network connection.
Your Pavillion has 3 PCI slots and 1 PCI-E slot. I would recommend using the PCI-E slot as it is the fastest. Also, for editing I would go with a 1GB PCI-E card as this will give you 1GB of DEDICATED video memory. Once you have the card, it is as simple as putting the card in the PCI-E slot (The shorter slot of the four you will see) and powering the PC on.
You mean USB 1.0 to 2.0, yes you can. As long as you have a PCI vacant slot inside your pc. You just need to purchase a usb 2.0 PCI card. You will have new USB slots. You will need to use those new slots to benefit from 2.0( it will do nothing to the older 1.0 slots) .
Upgrading video cards will definitely increase in performance. You asked whether you should upgrade your entire PC or just the card and that really depends on the hardware you are running. If all of your hardware just barely meets the requirements than upgrading the videocard WILL give you a noticeable improvement but obviously it will not be as good as getting a better CPU and more RAM as well as a new card.
A good measure of a cards performance is based on the series of cards it is from. Your Geforce is from the 6000 series of Nvidia cards, they have 7000, 8000, and even 9000 series cards atm.
I would recommend something like an XFX Geforce 9800 GTX+ series card with 512MB of onboard memory, or any other competing card in the 200$ price range. This will definitely give you an increase in performance, and is a very popular card.