Solved PCI Video Card Compatibility

January 29, 2013 at 16:51:45
Specs: Windows 2000 Pro, 600mhz/ 640 RAM

I'm trying to buy a PCI video card, but I can't tell if any of them work with Windows 2000. It's going in a Dell GX1. Can someone suggest what I should be looking for? I'm looking for either 256mb or 512. Thanks.
My power supply is 250W.

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#1
January 29, 2013 at 17:07:49

Probably a HD 2400Pro PCI card if you can find one. If you do locate it, it'll be worth 4X-5X the value of your entire computer.

Look for games to play that were produced prior to 2003.

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#2
January 29, 2013 at 17:15:27
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You certainly don't need a 256MB or 512MB PCI card for that old rig. And no matter what you get, do NOT pay much for it. Here's an old Radeon 9250 128MB on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Visiontek-9...

Drivers: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...

Or an FX5200 256MB:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PNY-GeForce...

Drivers: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_...

I doubt you'll find Win2000 drivers for a HD 2400 Pro PCI card.


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#3
January 29, 2013 at 22:32:34

Believe riider is right about the drivers...he knows what he's talking about.

Checked my notes and the 2400Pro I used went into a Dell with a 2.2 P4/400 running XP.

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#4
January 30, 2013 at 13:20:25

Thanks, people. I saw a lot of good cards for sale, but they did not mention anything about Windows 2000. Can't they get with the program? :)
The 9250 sounds about right.

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#5
February 3, 2013 at 08:07:38

"I saw a lot of good cards for sale, but they did not mention anything about Windows 2000"

That's why I posted the driver links, to show you that those particular cards ARE supported in Win2000.

"Can't they get with the program?"

I'm guessing there's sarcasm in that comment? Why are you still running 2000 anyway? XP will run on that system although it will probably be somewhat sluggish, but at least you'd have better hardware & driver support. And there's always Linux.


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#6
February 3, 2013 at 11:55:39

ATI dropped support for Windows 2000 in 2007, right around the time the HD 2400 was released :

AMD Unleashes The ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 and ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series, Delivering DirectX® 10 Graphics with Built-In High-Definition Video Processing

You can always try the final Catalyst 6.2 software package for Windows 2000 (Catalyst™ 6.2 Display Driver for Windows 2000), but there's no guarantees it would work since it came out before the HD 2400. I've had luck getting older Catalyst packages to work with *some* newer video cards, but since the HD was significantly different and a brand new card at the time, there's no guarantees.

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