Video card running slow

Gateway Gt5220 desktop
April 11, 2011 at 22:34:10
Specs: Windows XP, 2.2ghz/2gb
I just installed a new video card and graphics intensive programs (mainly games) are running just as slow as they were on my old card.

I've got a 5 year old Gateway, so not the best machine, but all of my system requirements are meeting or beating the requirements for the games I am trying to play.

Here's what I've got.

AMD 2.2 ghz x2 processor
2gb RAM
old video card: geforce 6100
new video card: geforce 9600 gso 512

The game I'm trying to play requires 2 ghz processor, 1gb ram, geforce 8800 card or better. So hypothetically replacing my video card should have made the game playable, even if it has to stay at lower graphics settings.

I disabled the existing video card (tho I didn't un-install it). I downloaded the latest drivers. Everything installed very smoothly and the device manager says the card is working properly.

Any idea what the issue could be? BIOS settings? Power supply?


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#1
April 12, 2011 at 03:24:18
There are two requirements 1>minimum system requirements 2>recommended system requirements, even if u met minimum requirements the game will not run well.
Geforce 6100 is not a video card it's a nVidia IGP(intergrated graphics processor), u need to un-install geforce 6100 driver then install new 9600 gso driver. also use gpu-z to check if the card is running at x16. List the games u are trying to run.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#2
April 12, 2011 at 07:26:29
If the geforce 9600 is a PCI-E X16 card, make sure that the setting for Primary video or Intialize video first or similar is set to PCI-E or similar in the bios Setup, otherwise Windows will not be able to properly use the enhanced capabilities that are provided for by the specific video drivers that you have loaded for the card.

Similarly, if the geforce 9600 is a PCI card, make sure that the setting for Primary video or Intialize video first or similar is set to PCI in the bios Setup.

"I disabled the existing video card (tho I didn't un-install it). "

There is no setting in the bios that disables the onboard video.

If the geforce 9600 is a PCI-E X16 card, when you install the PCI-E X16 card in the PCI-E X16 slot, the bios disables the onboard video automatically, and no ram installed in the mboard is shared with the onboard video.
In that case, the setting for Primary video or Initialize video first or similar in the bios Setup merely informs Windows about the type of video adapter you have.

!f the geforce 9600 is a PCI card, in most if not all cases, installing it DOES NOT cause the bios to disable the onboard video. It will still be sharing part of the ram installed in the mboard, the only thing you can do about that is to reduce the amount shared in the bios, and you can only Disable the onboard video in Device Manager in Windows.


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