Graphics cards

  Fleetblue 12:06 27 Feb 2008

Recently I posted a Help request regarding the game Ancient Wars - Sparta which would not install on my PC. I have now discovered that I do not have the correct graphic card and require a minimum of an nVidia GeForce 6600GT or an ATI Radeon X800 Pro with 128MB memory or better to run the game. Now as far as this goes I am totally PC illiterate! I have found a card PNY GeForce 7200GS 128Mb PCI-E Graphics Card and I am told to place this advanced graphics card into my PCI-E slot. OK now I'm lost. My PC is an E-Machine 5260. Does anyone have any idea where I would find this PCI-E slot? Any help would be most appreciated.

  Gongoozler 12:43 27 Feb 2008

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I don't think your E-Machine 5260 has a PCI-e slot. You can check though. Open the side panel furthest from where the USB slots are at the back of the computer. Have a look at the motherboard. There will be 2 or 3 long white connectors near the back of the case. These are the PCI slots for add on cards. If you have a PCI-e slot it will be a long black connector between the PCI slots and a device with an aluminium heatsink. click here.

  keef66 15:11 27 Feb 2008

click here

Looks like they did your pc's motherboard in 2 flavours, one with and one without a pci-ex x16 slot.

I have my fingers crossed

If you do have the requisite slot, I'm still not convinced the card you've bought is up to the job. I suspect you'll need a 7600 based card or similar if that's the minimum requirement

  harps1h 15:14 27 Feb 2008

from what i can find it is a basic setup using onboard graphics thus your problems. it would seem to be an oldish system but to confirm what you have download this small advisor tool. this will confirm what your motherboard has on it and its model and then post your findings here again

click here

  Fleetblue 20:58 27 Feb 2008

Thanks to all. harps1h I downloaded and used the advisor tool.Link to results below

C:\Program Files\Belarc\Advisor\System\tmp\(Your-8afc112bab).html

  keef66 22:44 27 Feb 2008

you can't post a link to files on your pc!

Copy and paste the details here

  Fleetblue 09:02 28 Feb 2008

Sorry keef66. Here's the details.

Computer Profile Summary
Computer Name: Your-8afc112bab (in WORKGROUP)
Profile Date: 27 February 2008 20:53:51
Advisor Version: 7.2v
Windows Logon: Rory Mackay

Click here for Belarc's System Management products, for large and small companies.

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Gateway 2000 5260uk
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.93 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Intel Corporation D915GAG AAC87709-302
Serial Number: BQAG51019748
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. AG91510J.15A.0812.2005.0204.1254 02/04/2005
Drives Memory Modules c,d
250.04 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
212.06 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552B [CD-ROM drive]

Generic USB CF Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
Generic USB MS Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
Generic USB SD Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
Generic USB SM Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
HDS722525VLSA80 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 0 502 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'J6H1' has 256 MB (serial number 0xF3044417)
Slot 'J6H2' is Empty
Slot 'J6J1' has 256 MB (serial number 0xF3054408)
Slot 'J6J2' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 246.50 GB 210.25 GB free
d: (FAT32 on drive 0) 3.54 GB 1.81 GB free

Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Administrator 24/08/2007 19:32:54 (admin)
David 18/02/2008 18:09:13 (admin)
Rory Mackay 27/02/2008 20:47:16 (admin)
Sue Cooke 27/02/2008 19:23:56 (admin)
local system accounts
ASPNET never
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account EPSON Stylus Photo R200 Series on USB002
hp psc 1310 series on USB001

Controllers Display
Intel(R) 82801FB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2651
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 266F
Primary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family [Display adapter]
Proview 17.1 [Monitor] (17.1"vis, s/n F5UC540099280, April 2005)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2658
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 2659
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265A
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB Universal Host Controller - 265B
Intel(R) 82801FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 265C Realtek High Definition Audio
Unimodem Full-Duplex Audio Device
Communications Other Devices
Smart Link 56K Voice Modem

1394 Net Adapter
Actiontec Gateway
primary Auto IP Address: / 24
Dhcp Server:
Physical Address: 00:0F:B3:3F:91:4D
Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Physical Address: 00:13:20:30:6F:03

Networking Dns Servers:
OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
USB Human Interface Device
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
HID-compliant Wheel Mouse
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Root Hub (5x)

  keef66 09:27 28 Feb 2008

Board: Intel Corporation D915GAG AAC87709-302

If the link I posted earlier is correct, your board should have a PCI-express x16 slot.

It's the one nearest the processor socket. If you look at the pictures of the boards with and without the slot, it's obvious.

  Fleetblue 09:56 28 Feb 2008

Thanks keef66 and thanks to all others who responsed.

  harps1h 18:54 28 Feb 2008

click here

i think this may be a more realistic setup of your motherboard and nowhere does it mention pci-e as a graphics slot. look at the link it appears there is only onboard graphics. those boards do not match the codings from your report and therefore are quite likely to have different specs. the "GAG" after the 915 refer to a specific motherboard and these have different letter groupings suggesting different boards. think carefully before you buy anything and make sure you have done your research

  keef66 19:49 28 Feb 2008

have another read of your link; under expansion slots it says one PCI-express x16.


Whip off the side panel and have a look

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