Solved Looking for a graphics card for a Pentiumn 3

Gateway / 8505945
August 31, 2013 at 17:40:22
Specs: Windows 2000 Professional, Duel Pent 3 600MH | 2Gigs Ram
First post and first question on this forum – how does someone find which video card is right for their machines? I’ve been looking at the other threads and you guys really know your stuff. Are you magicians or something?

I have a legacy machine from circa 2000 (getting rid of it isn’t an option) and I want a new video card so I can use a newer monitor on it since the old CRT monitor it came with died. (Are they supposed to make a crackle noise before making a loud “POP” like someone stepped on a wine glass? No?!? Oh! That explains it…)

Here are the stats on my Gateway 7210 Server (not to be confused with the 7210 Laptop) word for word.

Power supply:
320 W PS/2 power supply
Expansion slots:
Four 32-bit, 33 MHz PCI slots,
Two 32-bit, 66 MHz PCI slots,
One ISA slot

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August 31, 2013 at 19:43:20
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I've gotta ask, why do you insist on clinging to that old thing? It's pretty obvious you need to get a PCI graphics card, power supply wattage is a non-issue. If you're going to stick with Win2K, you'll have to find a card that's supported by the old OS. I'm guessing you need a card with a DVI port? This old Radeon is a safe bet but it cost more than your system is worth:

This Geforce 6200 will work too:

EDIT: here's a better look at your specs:

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August 31, 2013 at 20:20:12
Have you decided on what 'newer monitor' to get? Many have regular VGA connectors so you may not even need a new card.

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August 31, 2013 at 20:41:27
Thanks for the links, Riider;

I’m looking at what you’ve posted and I’m impressed with those findings. Will they fit my 32 bit PCI slots and is the wattage from my power supply handle that? How could I find that out?

As for your really good questions: The short answer is that I still use this server to access older programs and files from the past 15 years and it is still used as a storage device for my current work. It’s not attached to the internet and works as a really good archive tool. There are some older image generating programs that just aren’t supported or updated any more that I like to dabble with occasionally. I also enjoy using some fractal programs that tie up my most modern computer and I like to set the other computers to work on that while I’m doing my real work that pays and has deadlines.

This isn’t my only computer, my newest computer is only a year old, I have three others that I’ve hung onto as legacy machines. This Gateway 7210 Server just so happens to be the first computer I’ve ever bought myself; it wasn’t a gift or hand-me-down from someone else.

Restoring and refurbishing this unit is more like a hobby, like restoring a new car or furniture. I’ve learned a lot about other aspects of computers out there in the meantime and my wife and I have agreed that so long as the bills are paid and we’ve already put money into savings/retirement and I don’t spend too much I’m free to keep at this.

DAVEINCAPS – I’ve plugged in all the monitors in the house and I still have the same problem – I only have 800px X 600px resolution on all of them. That’s thanks to the on-board video driver on the mother board.

If I spend less than $50 to fix this, it’s money well spent.

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August 31, 2013 at 20:42:35
Or you can try looking at the Free section on Craigslist or FreeCycle, people give away CRTs all the time. You might even be able to find a 4:3 LCD.

EDIT: apparently you responded while I was typing out the above.

"I only have 800px X 600px resolution on all of them"

Did you try updating your graphics drivers? Oooops, nevermind, I just saw this - "Integrated Cirrus Logic CL-GD5480 graphics controller". You definitely need a card. Rather than spending $40-50, try eBay, Freecycle, Craigslist, Goodwill, flea market, dumpster outside a computer repair shop, etc.

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August 31, 2013 at 20:50:11
Riider: I'm actually debating on trying that again with the drivers. Through out the history of this machine I don't ever remember the resolutions being better than that, but I'm staying up really late and my memory isn't what it should be.

I'll check that out. Right now I'm leaning towards one of the boards you mentioned earlier.

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August 31, 2013 at 20:51:32
Look above, I editted my last response.

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August 31, 2013 at 20:52:03
Yea, I thought so. Good suggestion, regardless.Thank you.

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August 31, 2013 at 21:39:32
Yeah and the on-board only has 2 meg of memory. Can't do much with that.

Even though a new card is called for, if your new monitor has regular VGA connections you don't have to be so picky about the card.

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September 1, 2013 at 07:55:08
Thank you for your reply again, DAVEINCAPS. I have one or two orphan monitors hanging around and I'll be using the smallest of them for this server because I'll I want to do is monitor it's progress from time to time.

By the way, if I already got a a good answer - Thank You, Riider - Can I mark this "solved" or should I wait till I actually get the part and install it to see how it works.

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