specs for motherboard

Sony / Pcv2200
February 1, 2010 at 08:15:34
Specs: Windows Vista
i need to upgrade the video card. how do i find out if it is integrated in the motherboard or not?

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February 1, 2010 at 08:29:26
Look where the monitor cable connects. If it connects in the port area where the USB, sound, keyboard, mouse, network, etc are connected, you have onboard graphics. If it connects in the lower slot area, you have a card.

If you're currently using the onboard & you want to upgrade to a card, you need to know two things:

1. which graphics upgrade slot you have available (standard PCI, AGP or PCI-express)
2. specs of your power supply, both the overall wattage & the amperage spec for the +12v rail

If the following applies to your system, it appears you only have standard PCI slots to work with:


What is the reason for this upgrade? Gaming? Post the games you're interested in. If you're stuck getting a standard PCI card, you're not gonna be able to play any recent games.

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February 1, 2010 at 08:37:57
one game I wanted to try is: heroes of hellas 2. I also recently upgraded to an LCD flat screen monitor (Emachines E191W TFT LCD) and most of the screen savers will not run, I get a message saying that I need a newer video card, or one that is compatible with direct3d. The person I got the computer from was pretty sure that th evideo card IS compatible with direct3d. I didn't notice the problem util I upgraded the monitor. Ideas?

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February 1, 2010 at 08:42:38
I told you what you need to look for. Until you post back with the info I asked for above (1 & 2), I can't help you.

While I'm at it, how much are you willing to spend to upgrade?

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February 1, 2010 at 08:43:28

Use this site to see what you can run.

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