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How do I find what Video, Sound Card, etc... is on my PC?

by phattferd / December 17, 2004 2:48 PM PST

I have an Emachines model that is a couple years old, and want to buy Tiger Woods 2005 for my PC, but don't want to if it will run poorly. I want to know what video cards I have and so forth to see if it matches with the games minimum requirements.

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RE: how...
by reefurbb / December 17, 2004 3:16 PM PST

Search for Belarc Advisor, small, free, save PC profile generated as "web page only" to desktop. It will list some hardware and all programs with keys or codes.
Same with Aida32, small, free, gives a lot of hardware info, including video RAM. I bet it's only 4mb, maybe listed as 3.5mb because it shares some of the ram.
Update to DirectX 8.1 or higher, plus critical updates, and start>run>dxdiag and go to display tab.

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thanks 1 more question
by phattferd / December 17, 2004 3:45 PM PST
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I have basic knowledge on computers, that program is cool. Anyway, I don't think I have enough for TW2005 but am thinking of maybe 2003...I am getting a new computer within a few months so i don't want to put a new video card in...this is what the Belarc program said under Multimedia:

MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Standard Game Port

What does this really mean...I know the Soundmax is the sound card, but what does standard game port and the MPU-401 mean.

I know all of that is pretty basic stuff that isn't great. I don't play games, but I have been playing TW2004 on PS2 and want to play while I mess around on the computer.

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by TONI H / December 17, 2004 7:54 PM PST
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normally means you have dos support for the sound card in case your games are dos based.

The game port verification means that you have a joystick connector on the sound card so you can attach one if the game calls for one....If you get one such as MS Sidekick, you will have to load the specific software disk that comes with the joystick so you can get all of its features to work and calibrate it.


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by reefurbb / December 18, 2004 11:03 PM PST
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Glad to help. I use Belarc, Aida32, and DirectX8.2 all the time to identify stuff although it doesn't do it all, it's better than Sisoft Sandra Standard and same as Everest.
Better video cards depend on your use, 4mb is fine for me because I don't use intense graphics of games, disregard Belarc. I use old regular sound cards and hook through my stereo if I want better.

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