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AGP card for my Dell 8300

by Davdio / November 20, 2014 5:59 AM PST

I was told by a tech guy at Staples that to be able to use the full width of my widescreen monitor, I would have to upgrade my AGP card...from 64 MB to 128. Is this true? Is that the limit for this model (memory-wise), or will a card with more memory work better? What do you guys recommend?

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Could be.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2014 6:10 AM PST

It's actually more than just video memory at play here. The VGA must put out the right mode but AGP is so dated that you will have to dig up such a card and then check if it can produce the needed video mode.

I usually had to settle for a PCI video card for such work. These are getting rare but how about a PCI card like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187211

Bob

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AGP card for my Dell 8300
by Davdio / November 20, 2014 7:12 AM PST
In reply to: Could be.

Are you saying that a PCI card will go into the same bus as my AGP card? I do like that HDMI port.

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No I'm not saying.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2014 8:01 AM PST
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Is this what you have?
by Oldartq / November 20, 2014 11:00 AM PST
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AGP card
by Davdio / November 21, 2014 3:16 AM PST
In reply to: Is this what you have?

I can put the monitor in wide screen mode, but everything looks stretched. I am using it in normal mode and have letter boxes on the right and left. So my query to Staples tech guy was how can I utilize the entire width of the monitor. His answer was for me to double my memory from 64 MB to 128MB, then my thought was "can it handle more memory", etc.

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"can it handle more memory",
by Oldartq / November 21, 2014 10:37 AM PST
In reply to: AGP card

I have no idea. Personally I don't think more memory is going to help. That monitor looks like a 4:3, not 16:9 so why is wide screen mode so important? Are you by chance talking about viewing video at full screen?

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Search for possibles
by Willy / November 21, 2014 1:03 AM PST

As already stated to you you have a dated PC. The system will accept more than 128mb of video provided the AGP video card has more. The typical AGP offered if found will get up to 1gb at best. more than likely the 512mb will be tops for you and should be more than capable of accepting in the AGP. Ypu will need to assure that the AGP level accepts that, however i don't that's a problem. The best situation you'll find is actually finding an old AGP video card. Thus, i offer you look or post your search into Craigslist or eBay websites. Don't pay too much as again you have an olde PC. Robert mentioned you can also install a PCI type video card if you have a free slot for it. In most cases that too will yield in the 512mb range but 256mb will OK too. Again, don't pay too much. It would best if the newer video card comes with install s/w or the drivers it requires, but more than likely you can get those from the maker's website. I wish you luck.

tada ------Willy Happy

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Forgot to mention
by Willy / November 21, 2014 1:09 AM PST
In reply to: Search for possibles

It maybe likely that the Dell 8300 uses a non-standard PSU unit, mainly the wiring is slightly different. I'm going from memory but if you need to replace the PSU to power any super-duper video card(review the power requirements), then you need to verify that the replacement PSU is capable of install in a Dell 8300 system. I maybe incorrect int his, but thought to mention it anyways.

tada -----Willy Happy

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AGP card
by Davdio / November 22, 2014 1:08 AM PST
In reply to: Forgot to mention

Dell just did a scan of my computer and it looks like I already have a 128 MB AGP card installed. Now I am really confused. I guess I will have to find out how large a PSU will fit into my system. Do I go back to Dell on this or is there some other place to find that out?

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Sadly
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2014 1:34 AM PST
In reply to: AGP card

You may be spending more than a replacement desktop. I've yanked AGP cards out, popped in cards like I noted and cleaned such up, installed the drivers, set the bios if need by and moved to the next box. I know folk can get stuck in analysis paralysis but power supply and card? Next thing you know you're changing a lot more.
Bob

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