Changing graphics cards

  NewestRoyWidd1 23:40 09 Jan 2008
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Hello,I recently bought a reconditioned pc with the following graphics card installed Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller [Display adapter]
My OS is XP Pro sp2.I have found that the card struggles with my limited gaming,therefore,could I safely install my old card-Nvidia Geforce MMX440? I'll check for replies later if I may.Many thanks in advance.

  woodchip 23:51 09 Jan 2008

It sounds like Onboard Graphics, If it is that's why it is struggles. Take the side off the computer to see. the monitor will be connected to a plug on the motherboard if it is, where if its a Card you will see it. Also check if it as AGP or PCI.E slot as you need to know if you want to fit a card

  NewestRoyWidd1 23:55 09 Jan 2008

Thank you woodchip,its too late at night now but I will certainly do as you suggest tomorrow.

  Coupon 00:55 10 Jan 2008

Your old MX440 will most likely struggle with gaming too.

  Killo Bite 01:12 10 Jan 2008

your machine may be a Packard Bell, Hewlett Packard, Emachine, Compaq or Dell will most likley have a AGP Slot for a Graphics card or PCI-Express slot. As M8t Woodchip on firth says.

As Coupon also states the MX440 is dated and not worth using.

We could help you better if we know what Brand of Machine and a model No if known.

Also I would check the Power Supply Wattage if you are considering a Dedicated Graphics card. As if you have one of the listed brands above then the PSU will be less than 350watt which i would say is weak.

Also what kind of games would you like to play are they online games or purchased box games ?

  NewestRoyWidd1 11:45 10 Jan 2008

Viglen CONTENDER VIG501S 00:0C:6E:95:DE:66
System Serial Number: 1727548
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P4B533VM REV 1.xx
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS P4B533-VM ACPI BIOS Revision 1008 03/14/2003
Hello Coupon and Killo Bite,above are the details you asked for.The only games I play are DeltaForce Blackhawk Down,and the occasional basic flightsim.
I take your point re the MX440,but it will at least be an improvement on the onboard.

  woodchip 13:27 10 Jan 2008

It will be better as it as it's own Ram. No harm in trying it

  keef66 14:07 10 Jan 2008

Your mobo has an AGP 4x slot so the MX440 will fit. As Woodchip says, try it and see what happens.

Mind you, the MX440 was seriously out of date when it was released. It was touted as supporting DirectX8, but it's basically a DX7 card, and we're up to DX10 now. Mine wouldn't run some of the benchmark tests in 3DMark2001SE!

I replaced it with a 6600 when the fan went noisy.

  NewestRoyWidd1 14:07 10 Jan 2008

Ok woodchip,thanks.Do I just install the MX440 then disable the onboard card afterwards?I no longer have the driver CD but know from past experience I can get the drivers from Nvidias website.

  NewestRoyWidd1 14:11 10 Jan 2008

You beat me to it keef66,I think I'll try the MX440,then if theres no significant improvement,looks like a newer card maybe imminent.

  Coupon 14:43 10 Jan 2008

Install the mx440 and your pc should automatically disable the onboard graphics. If not do it yourself in device manager.
But I think you'd be very pleased at the improvement if you invested in a new graphics card.

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