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Computer Upgrade?

by GrantReeves / December 27, 2012 11:25 AM PST

I'm interested in upgrading my computer I got for christmas. The guy at the store said it was going to be perfect for gaming, but whn I tried to play a game, it said I had a "Bad Video Card Driver", so I updated my video graphics card and still same message. I guess my graphics card isn't good enough to cover the game. Any suggestions for a new graphics card? Preferably under $100?

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See this PDF.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 30, 2012 4:07 AM PST
In reply to: Computer Upgrade?

That's a SLIM LINE model with what is usually a non-standard motherboard and power supply. This is not a case I'd re-use.

I don't see what video card it has in yours but the usual 20 to 30 buck ATI 5450 1GB from newegg or other places is what I install to let it play games without changing the machine.
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Thank you very much.
by GrantReeves / December 30, 2012 4:59 PM PST
In reply to: See this PDF.

I got this computer for christmas, and it didn't have a manual or anything. This PDF helps greatly

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Best to tell us exactly what you have ...the PC Mfg/Series
by VAPCMD / December 27, 2012 11:30 AM PST
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and model number.

What graphics card did you try ?


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Computer specs:
by GrantReeves / December 28, 2012 3:22 AM PST

It is a dell computer with a 64-bit operating system with a Radeon X1300/X1550 Series graphics card. I've updated the card so it has the best software available for this card. I'm fairly new to computer specs and all that, so I don't know where to find the model #

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Right-click COMPUTER,...
by wpgwpg / December 28, 2012 3:39 AM PST
In reply to: Computer specs:

...and click Properties; you'll see a whole lot of info including your computer's model and what processor you have.

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Model/Processor Type
by GrantReeves / December 28, 2012 4:17 AM PST

My processor is an AMD 2.10 GHz (Apparently the type is unknown... But it's a 2 core) and model number is (Maybe) Dimension C521

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Model number FIXED
by GrantReeves / December 28, 2012 8:10 AM PST
In reply to: Model/Processor Type

My actual model number(I found it on the bottom of my computer case) is CDNE. Hope this helps

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Download, run .....Belarc, Everest Home 2.0,
by VAPCMD / December 28, 2012 8:39 AM PST
In reply to: Model number FIXED

PCWizard 2012, SI, etc., Any of these 'system ID' programs can help identify the mfg/series and model number of your PC. What you've offered maybe the Dell Service tag.

Have you looked on the back of the PC ?


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Found it
by GrantReeves / December 28, 2012 9:18 AM PST

My model number is CDNE it was on the back of the computer.

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99% sure what you gave is a Service Tag number for your
by VAPCMD / December 28, 2012 11:41 AM PST
In reply to: Found it

Dell PC... but none of us trying to help know what series it is ,,,,Inspiron, Latitude, Optiplex, Precision, XPS, Alienware, etc., or what the model number is.

Without that info we're just guessing.

If you try the software suggested....maybe you'll find the info needed.


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Model number
by GrantReeves / December 28, 2012 11:50 AM PST

Is there any specific place to find what you are asking for?

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Places to look listed in order below
by VAPCMD / December 29, 2012 2:12 AM PST
In reply to: Model number

Have you looked all over the PC case ? The front, the sides, the back and the bottom ?

Have you looked at the documentation or discs that came with the PC ?

Have you tried the Dell support site ?

.... and last, have you downloaded and run any of the programs previously suggested ?


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I believe this may be it.
by GrantReeves / December 30, 2012 3:59 AM PST

I found the actual model number. I think it's:Dimension C521.
Hopefully this is it. Is there anything else I can tell you?

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