Upgrade video card for cheap?

Compaq presario 5000 / 5bw284
January 4, 2009 at 13:27:30
Specs: Windows XP 2002 SP2, Intel Pentium III / 384 MB
I need to upgrade my video card because I just purchased a wide screen monitor that requires a higher resolution than my current card can handle. I need an agp card and my power supply is 250 watts. I do not want to buy a new power supply and am hoping to find a very inexpensive video card, as I do not play any games, nor will I in the future. I just want better resolution on my monitor. It's native resolution is 1440 x 900. Anyone have any suggestions? I seem to be able to find agp video cards online, but most don't list max. resolution and do not list power supply requirements, so I'm at a loss.

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#1
January 4, 2009 at 13:47:39
How do you know your current card can't handle the needed resolutions? If a CD came with the new display install it. Then consider updating the drivers for your graphics to the latest that support the card.

What is the card/chip?

Are you basing your conclusion on what resolutions are currently available?


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#2
January 4, 2009 at 13:53:11
Current video card is Intel(r) 82810e DC-133 and I have tried to upgrade the drivers, but it does not change my max resolution. A cd did come with my new monitor, but only had drivers available for OS: Vista. I checked with their website and they explanation was that those running XP do not need to install any new drivers from them, and most who have Vista will not need to either. So I decided to try a cheap video card upgrade. I'm not a gamer. I don't need much.

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#3
January 4, 2009 at 14:02:07
I'm having trouble finding specs on your Compaq. Need to know if and what kind of slot your motherboard has available.

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#4
January 4, 2009 at 14:07:34
I was told by a compaq/hp rep that it is AGP and I have a 250 watt power supply.

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#5
January 4, 2009 at 14:22:12
I assumed AGP but for a period of time Intel was making boards that had AGP integrated graphics and NO AGP slot. Hopefully that isn't the case here. Have you been inside the case?

Look at the link below to try and determine for sure that you have an AGP slot on the motherboard. It will be at or next to the top.

http://www.kids-online.net/learn/cl...


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#6
January 4, 2009 at 14:45:51
From what I have found, the maximum resolution for that unit should be 1600x1200. Have you tried the driver from the Compaq web site?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

TWIMC
NTVDM = NT, Win2K and WinXP Virtual DOS Manager
http://kb.iu.edu/data/acxn.html


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#7
January 4, 2009 at 15:45:28
I had already updated the drivers, but I clicked on the link you provided and tried again. Still no luck. Restarted my computer after install and checked my choices for resolution and they are the same. Where did you read that the resolution should be 1600x1200?

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#8
January 4, 2009 at 16:16:39
Apparently I do have an agp slot.

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#9
January 4, 2009 at 16:22:43
I found the 1620x1200 at two places. The following is one:
http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Compaq-...

Have you checked your manual?

TWIMC
NTVDM = NT, Win2K and WinXP Virtual DOS Manager
http://kb.iu.edu/data/acxn.html


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#10
January 4, 2009 at 16:39:44
From what I read on my display settings, that resolution is only possible when set to 256-color when playing certain games, etc. It can't be a permanent setting and the max resolution I can set my display to is much lower.

Still curious if anyone knows of a agp video card available that can run on 250 watt power supply for fairly cheap??


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#11
January 4, 2009 at 17:08:57
Barb

We still need to determine if your motherboard has an AGP slot on the board. That is why I gave you that link. It shows what an AGP slot looks like. As I stated you might not have a slot at all. It that case your only choice would be a PCI card. Open the case and look.


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#12
January 4, 2009 at 18:54:53
I'll do that, thanks.

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#13
January 4, 2009 at 20:39:27
According to the following old "QuickSpecs" sheet, there is no AGP slot:

"Expansion Slots (four total)
• One PCI slot with modem installed
• One PCI slot with networking card installed
• Two PCI slots open for expansion"

http://support.radioshack.com/suppo...

This link might come in handy to all you fans of old Compaqs:

http://support.radioshack.com/suppo...


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#14
January 14, 2009 at 18:45:50
>>I assumed AGP but for a period of time Intel was making boards that had AGP integrated graphics and NO AGP slot. Hopefully that isn't the case here. Have you been inside the case?<<

Have been in the case now, and you were right, only pci slots. Found some older pci video cards online that have the resolution I need for my monitor, but have no idea how to find out if they will run with my limited 250 watt power supply. None list that info. Any ideas?


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#15
March 11, 2009 at 10:04:30
I have the same model from compaq, it's definitely PCI slots only. I am running an ATI Radeon™ 9250 DIAMOND STEALTH S9250PCI 256MB without problems. I just upgraded to an 22" widescreen LCD and I am running 1650X1080. Here's a link on the video card
http://www.diamondmm.com/S9250PCI25...

David


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