recommendations for a Windows ME PCI video card?

January 23, 2015 at 08:03:54
Specs: Windows Me, 256
my WinMe computer had only 6 MB of video after windows install. I updated the drivers for the onboard card, made it 6.5 MB. can't really do anything with it. surprisingly it can run sim city 2000 network edition as is.

I do not plan on spending a bunch of money, I prefer 64 MB video, (minimum 32 MB), and eBay is my best friend for this. can I get some recommendations? it has to be compatible with WinMe


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January 23, 2015 at 22:39:10
Most video cards with 32 or 64 meg of ram are going to be old enough to have windows 98 and ME drivers. You just need to make sure they're PCI and not AGP.

Several years ago I bought some video cards with 64 meg based on the nvidia mx400 chipset. I still have 2 of them but they're AGP. I checked the specs on the box and they have drivers for 95 thru XP. That chipset was used by several card manufacturers. The ones I have are from Mad Dog--I don't know if they still exist--but all should have ME support from nvidia. You'd just have to download one of their legacy or archived drivers.

So you might want to check what ebay has along those lines. Again make sure what you get is PCI and not AGP.

Edit That chipset is also called GeForce 2.

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January 25, 2015 at 08:42:48
You should be able to find a GeForce FX5200 256MB PCI for under $20US. Don't put a limit on the graphics memory or graphics memory type. 128MB & 256MB cards will work fine & it doesn't matter if it's SDRAM, DDR, DDR2 or DDR3, except that the newer the RAM type, the better the graphics performance.

Check the following links from nvidia & AMD/ATI. They will show you which cards are supported by Win98/ME drivers.


See "ATI product family support":

Why are you running such an old OS? You'd be better off running a modern version of Linux that's designed to run on old low spec machines.

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