Between graphic card and video card

March 30, 2011 at 03:17:58
Specs: Windows XP, 2 GB
Hello, seniors... We meet again !

I would like to know more about computer hardware. I begin interested in this kind of topic since my PC is having difficulty to install game...

1) What is the difference between graphic card and video card ? Are both of them are the same item ?

2) How to check video card in my PC ? How to check graphic card in my PC ?

Senior, can you explain to me ???

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March 30, 2011 at 04:39:12
Question1. No difference, different name, same thing.

Question 2. That depends. Not all computers,have a graphics card. The graphics hardware is often built into the motherboard. This applies to nearly all laptops and and some low end motherboards.

You can usually tell of the graphics hardware, either a card or built in, is not working properly when you get a blank or distorted screen. However, a blank screen can also be a symptom of other problems so without more details it is impossible to say.

The inability to install a game can be down to a whole raft of problems from incompatibility, lack of disk space, lack of memory, faulty memory, the list is endless. So without some symptoms it is impossible to say.

Diagnosing computers problems is usually a process of elimination, working out what it isn't so all you are left with is what it is.


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March 30, 2011 at 05:43:25

I am curious where we may have met before? This is your first post here.

Do you currently have a problem with your computer or are the above question just for the sake of the knowledge?

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March 30, 2011 at 06:13:32
Look at the system requirements for the game, they should be on the side ot the box or in the documentation that came with the game. Or you can try searching for the requirements using google. If your system doesn't at least meet the minimum requirements, the game will be unplayable.

Look at the back of your computer tower & find where the monitor cable connects. If it connects in the same area where the mouse, keyboard, audio, USB etc plug in, you have integrated graphics that are built into the motherboard. This is the area I mean, but this example doesn't have a graphics posrt:

If it connects in the lower slot area, you have a graphics card, like this:

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March 30, 2011 at 09:16:57
The first reason I post question at here is I want to know more about basic computer's knowledge. In my opinion, I'm as an ICT student (I already graduated Form 5, I'm 18 years old this year), I should know more about computer's stuff, troubleshooting and problems.

Know how to use computer doesn't mean you know everything about computer...
That's my teacher told me. The second reason is my computer is really having problem in installing PC game...

So, one of the seniors at here say it right, BINGO !
I just want to gain more knowledge, that's it~

It's really rare that a girl would like to know more about computer hardware...

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March 30, 2011 at 11:45:01
OK then, good for you. Hang around and you will pick up some good information.

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