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Cant play most games on my PC, HELP!!

by Gnibbie / April 8, 2006 9:32 PM PDT

I have a System Model: Dimension 2400
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version1.10 A05
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.60GHz
Memory: 510MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c DX Setup
Card name: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 82845G Graphics Controller
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2562&SUBSYS_01601028&REV_01
Display Memory: 64.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (85Hz)
Monitor: Hyundai DeluxScan 15G+
Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024
Driver Name: ialmrnt5.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4342 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 10/19/2005 09:59:12, 38016 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: ialmnt5.sys
Mini VDD Date: 10/19/2005 08:59:12, 807998 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-6622-11CF-6E63-6A21A0C2CB35}.Last year when I bought it, all games run on it, no problems , but now I keep having message errors and I discovered that my specs are no longer enought to run Rise of Legends for example, no AGP enabled. Athought I have this in the Directx features, it says AGP texture Acceleration:not available. Also I had another game asking me for Pixel shaders wich I dont seem to have.I love trying new games, its my hobby and I love to see it come all together.What can I do to update my Pc ,is there a card that contains these 2 features togheter? Can I just get rid of my Intel card and put a GEForce 6600?Will it work on my PC?Its all a bit confusing to me, since there are a lot of things to consider before changing something like this, and I feel a bit lost.Could you help in this or give a direction?Thank you so much.

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Sorry but the answer is...
by nathanpsz2 / April 8, 2006 10:20 PM PDT

...no. Your computer has neither an AGP or PCI-Express slot on the motherboard. The best PCI card that you could purchase is the 6200, but it's not so much better than your integrated graphics.

What I'd do right now is get a new motherboard with a PCI-Express slot, and carry over the CPU and RAM, possibly upgrading the RAM to 1GB. You'll also need a new power supply because the video card will need quite a bit of it.

I need to know if your CPU is socket 478 or 775 before I can recommend a motherboard. Download CPU-Z, which will tell you more than you ever needed to know about your CPU at this location:

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

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Isabel
by Gnibbie / April 10, 2006 2:28 AM PDT

Thats good news, !!I dont know were to find that information, where and what exactly should I look for ?

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Isabel, got it..
by Gnibbie / April 10, 2006 2:43 AM PDT

Its 478.Might as well just get myself a new Xbox360. I have read a bit about the latest cards in the market like the one I mentioned GEForce6600 and they do take now a lot of CPU and memory. Either I just build a new PC just for gaming or have it for the basics and keep it to that.Besides playing in a comfy couch with a larger screen with a playstation or an xbox, is far more better than sitting for hours in my wooden chairs playing a game. But I am still interested to know what kind of motherboard to get, and most importantly what range of price might we be talking about? Thank so much for your help.

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More info...
by nathanpsz2 / April 10, 2006 10:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Isabel, got it..
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