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Silly computer problem, but problematic

How do I figure out what video card is in my laptop when the computer doesn't know either? [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate on Jan 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Cheap graphics card for 2008 iMac?

Apple iMac A1225 desktop computers from 2008 came with the notoriously unreliable Nvidia 8800GS graphics card that burns out and turns the iMacs into bricks. Getting a new Nvidia 8800GS graphics card costs about $650 for the part. Getting a used one on costs about $300. Is there a cheap alternative -- something that costs, say, $50? As I understand it, the only alternative is the ATI 4850, which go for about $300 used. Yet I find it hard to believe that there are no other graphics card options.
posted by Eiwalker on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

powering video card in a new computer

I bought a new computer and realized that the power supply does not have a dedicated six pin cable for my video card. It does, however, have two sata cables coming from it (like this) that are situated in reserve for an extra bay device and also an extra hard drive. Can I use an adapter to sufficient convert them as a power source for a six pin Radeon HD 6850? If so, would it require a converter for both sata connections, or just one?
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 12, 2014 - 17 answers

What video card should I buy?

I've never cared about having the latest, most bleeding-edge graphics card, but my ATI Radeon HD 5450 has trouble keeping up with newer games. What should I buy to replace it? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Feb 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Can my laptop run "Gone Home"?

I don't think I have the required video card but wanted to be sure. [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash on Jan 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me out of the graphics card minefield!

I'm looking to upgrade my 2009/10 model computer with an improved graphics card so I can get back into gaming. I haven't bought computer equipment for years and have no idea where to even start! Snowflake detail: I use Ubuntu as well as Windows. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Sep 24, 2013 - 11 answers

vga to dvi converter: did I buy the wrong one?

Need help troubleshooting my new monitor set up. Problem is my new VGA to DVI adapter [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 21, 2013 - 5 answers

[Videocard filter] I am trying to help a friend run a gtx265 and gtx295

I recently helped a friend gut a PC and put a bunch of new parts in it. I consider myself no slouch to these things as I've been tinkering with computers for almost 20 years, and majored in Computer Science to boot! However, I could not for the life of me get both of these video cards to work, non-SLI, such that my friend could run two monitors off one card, and use the third as a dedicated physix card while also giving output to a 3rd monitor (a tv). 750w power supply. Help! [more inside]
posted by irishcoffee on Apr 30, 2013 - 6 answers

The incredible spontaneously crashing graphics drivers

A buddy of mine has been having some utterly bizarre issues with his upgraded build: Gaming consistently causes his video card to crash. This problem is not present in any other use case—other GPU-intensive tasks such as BTC mining does not trigger instability. Isolating and stress-testing individual components fails to identify the culprit. Card itself continues to run fine in the old motherboard/CPU setup. Rolling back drivers, undervolting, etc. makes no difference. Help? [more inside]
posted by pinsomniac on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

New video card, blue colours are off

Upgraded my video card from a Radeon HD 5770 to a GeForce GTX 660, now the blue colors are off (in some programs) and giving a purple tint... [more inside]
posted by querty on Jan 28, 2013 - 5 answers

CPU or Graphics Card? What's the better upgrade?

I'm buying one of the new iMacs. I'm torn between paying for an upgrade to the CPU or an upgrade to the video card. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Video card recommendations

I have an older Gateway PC acting as my media center/file server. I have it hooked up to a 42" 720p Samsung Plasma TV via VGA from the on-board connection on the PC. As such, the resolution is not very good: 1024x768 and the picture doesn't really fit on the screen. Can you recommend a cheap video card (under $50) that will let me connect via HDMI and show things at a decent resolution without stretching or cropping the picture? No gaming, just playing video files.
posted by nitsuj on Aug 24, 2012 - 37 answers

Best desktop graphics card available right now for under $200?

What is the best gaming-appropriate desktop video card available right now for under $200? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jul 13, 2012 - 4 answers

f.lux my mouse cursor

Using f.lux with an ATI video card and the latest AMD Catalyst drivers, how can I get the mouse cursor to change colors with the rest of the screen? [more inside]
posted by querty on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Help Me Rule The Galaxy at 1280x1024

I've just purchased Star Wars:The Old Republic, and my four-your old HP Pavilion is having a hard time keeping up. The game is playable if I drop the resolution to 800x600 and move all the video settings to "low". Obviously, I'd like a better play experience. However... [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Dec 31, 2011 - 15 answers

I just want to pew-pew again!

What has happened to my computer/video card after an in-home technical/hardware support issue? [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs on Oct 5, 2011 - 6 answers

How long-term would a video card upgrade for my Mac Pro be?

If I upgrade the video card in my Mac Pro to allow me to upgrade Final Cut Pro X, can I be confident that I will be able to continue using the software with this computer for the foreseeable future? [more inside]
posted by Grangousier on Sep 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Upgrading a videocard - need advice

Upgrading a videocard - need advice [more inside]
posted by Cloud King on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Should I just DTMFcomputerA?

My dad's desktop screen looks like a kaleidoscope... [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Jun 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Upgrade my PC to fit a high profile graphics card.

How do I upgrade my computer to fit high profile video cards? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on May 19, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited.

Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited. [more inside]
posted by Ephilation on Mar 27, 2011 - 6 answers

How to diagnose a new video card problem.

I am having problems with a new video card. I'm wondering if it's the card, the system board or some other part of the whole system. I would like to figure this out in time to send the card back to Newegg. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA on Mar 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Surprise! My computer doesn't work!

I accidentally pulled on the video card on my computer, and now it will only boot in safe mode. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Oct 4, 2010 - 10 answers

My computer is (sort of) dead

Could defragging have killed my video card hardware? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 26, 2010 - 8 answers

27-inch iMac buying advice: processor, video card optiions

Advice on choosing between the two 27-inch iMac options at the online apple store. [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jul 30, 2010 - 22 answers

Do I need an upgraded video card to watch HD video?

Do I need an upgraded video card to watch HD video? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Nov 30, 2009 - 6 answers

What should I do about my old computer??

Windows xp and Ubuntu? PCI video card? Mac Mini? Opinions? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Sep 2, 2009 - 7 answers

No video input detected on bootup.

Computer froze completely during a game, all subsequent downloads of various installer files were corrupt. BSODs galore. Now, when I turn on my computer, no video input is detected whatsoever. Next step? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Jul 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Fun and games

New to gaming. Please help me with upgrading my system (PC) with gaming in mind. Also looking for game recommendations. [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Jun 20, 2009 - 25 answers

Salvage or DTMFA and Start Over?

I've inherited an older PC from work and would like to turn it into a media center / game-playing box, but I'm not sure if it's up to snuff. [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Jun 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Possible to upgrade video on a Dell Inspiron 9300?

I have a 3 1/2 year old Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop. It's a 1.86Mhz Pentium Centrino with a 17" screen and on-board video. I'm still pretty happy with it overall. However, I was wondering if it is possible to add a discrete video card to it? [more inside]
posted by atm on May 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me pick a dual-head video card compatible with OSx86 (hackintosh) and Linux

Recommend a video card that can push dual monitors on OSX86 (Hackintosh) and Linux. Lots more info about my setup inside. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker on Mar 25, 2009 - 9 answers


Why won't my computer post? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 13, 2009 - 12 answers

What specs are important in a PCI video card for a livingroom media computer?

My livingroom media computer onboard video can only reach 1024x768, and the mobo has ONLY has PCI slots. So I need a PCI video card. It will be used mainly for playing / streaming video to a 1920x1200 HDTV, and perhaps occasionally for stuff like Nintendo64 emulation. What specs will be the most important to ensure no choppiness or other problems when playing videos full screen? Is DirectX 10 or above important? Keeping in mind this must be PCI, am I doomed to choppy videos no matter how fast the card processor or how much memory it has?
posted by brenton on Jan 22, 2009 - 33 answers

Will My Video Card Show Me Where The Critters Are?

Will My Video Card Show Me Where All The Mutants Are? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jan 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me choose a video card that is good but not too good.

I need a suggestion for a video card to create a dual-monitor setup for my assistant. I'm not as concerned with getting too little power in a card as I am paying for much more than I need. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 31, 2008 - 13 answers

Video causes my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) to restart after watching fro 30-45 minutes, motherboard or video card dying?

HP laptop video card issues filter: Video problem with my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) - artifacts appear then increase while watching Hulu, after 30-45 minutes the computer freezes then restarts. Pausing the video then letting the computer sleep for a couple minutes resolves the issue for another 20 minutes of video watching, then it repeats ... bad integrated video? Bad VRAM? Evil monkey? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Dec 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Dead display on Dell laptop. Tell me its not terminal.

Dell Vostro 1400. Screen has died. I need it to not be dead, all details inside. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Oct 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Can anyone suggest an upgrade to the eVGA 6800GT video card?

What is currently the fastest AGP video card out? I am on the fence about spending money on upgrading my computer, If i can find an upgrade to my videocard eVGA 6800 GT and more ram then I will most likely be good for now(playing warhammer online). [more inside]
posted by Mesach on Sep 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Looking for a cheap videocard for use with two 22" monitors.

Looking for recommendations for a basic videocard that can be used with two 22" displays. [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Sep 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Graphics driver issues for XP on an iMac

We can't boot into Windows XP, except in VGA mode, without the screen going black after the Windows XP "loading bar screen"; we can still hear everything, though. This is on an Intel iMac running Boot Camp, and the Mac side (Leopard) works fine, which leads me to believe this isn't a problem with hardware. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Aug 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Death of a laptop

Laptop is giving up the ghost. Ram? HD? Videocard? Full explaination of symptoms inside, help me get it at least to a place where I can back it up. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jul 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Which of these computer components is faulty?

I bought a new motherboard and a new video card, and now my computer beeps and won't boot to Windows. Which one is to blame? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Upgrade! (To contined obsolescence)

Budget upgrade: Will my PC game performance improve more from upgrading my Athlon 2100 XP (1.7 Ghz) processor or my GeForce 6600GT (256mb) AGP video card? [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose on May 8, 2008 - 26 answers

Laptop display is suddenly very dark

Weird laptop display problem: A second after starting it up, the screen gets very, very dark. [more inside]
posted by sotalia on Apr 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Graphics card conflict?

Why might my computer be rejecting my new video card? [more inside]
posted by Spike on Mar 4, 2008 - 19 answers

Upgrading a video card vs. upgrading a CPU for gaming?

I just got a relatively new PC secondhand. What should I upgrade first in order to most successfully play games? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Feb 9, 2008 - 18 answers

possible upgrades for an old computer

Potential upgrades to my aging desktop system- some advice from geeks would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by baphomet on Jan 21, 2008 - 14 answers

My videocard is rusty. What the hell, science? I thought we were friends.

All the screw holes on my video card are corroded. Is it worth my time to return it, or should I just clean it off? [more inside]
posted by tracert on Jan 18, 2008 - 10 answers


Up in ur antique pc's optimizin ur network. I, a previously porn-surfing net monkey whose "kit" was a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop (a retard's computer if there ever was one), have through recent endowments of hardware and employment opportunities, become the proud new owner of a fleet of slightly antiquated electronics that will need to be strung together and (probably) modified and moved if I'm not going to go insane tranferring massive volumes of data from one to another. This isn't so much a tech question as a planning one - what would you do with all this stuff? How can I get the best use out of it? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Sep 27, 2007 - 6 answers

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