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Integrated graphics card...?

what does that mean, when you have an integrated/motherboard graphics card?

i have an ati xpress200 series card on my compaq sr1630nx computer. i know it does take some memory away from the ram, as i have 702 of 768 mb of ram that is available to windows.

can i upgrade with new graphics card, or am i just stuck with the xpress200?


-- Mike

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In reply to: Integrated graphics card...?

i read somewhere that you had to disable the onboard video in the BIOS first before installing new graphics card since i got an IGP card

But it would be great if someone could explain to me how to do that or point me somewhere where i can get that info, if that is what I have to do since i don't want to mess up my computer.

thanks,
mike

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intergrated mean the chip/s are solder to the mobo.

In reply to: Integrated graphics card...?

You can upgrade to another card; you can consult the manual as to how to disable the onboard chip. Some are disable automatically when another board is installed, some require changing jumper.

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In reply to: intergrated mean the chip/s are solder to the mobo.

i heard you need to have right power supply to use new gfx card. how do i know if i got the right power supply? It's the situation where you are trying to run a gfx card requiring 750w, but you have only 300w supply?

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well

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No graphics board that I've ever seen requires a 750W power supply, so I'm not sure what you're looking to run there

However you do need to have a power supply capable of providing enough juice to the card, this has been the topic of many many threads on this board which I'm sure you can easily find (not trying to be rude, its just been explained a great many times)

basically what it comes down to:
you want a discrete graphics card
discrete graphics card probably requires 350W+ PSU
your PC probably has 250 or 300W PSU
you need new PSU to support new graphics card

luckily I haven't heard much of Compaq/HP going for proprietary PSUs, so you should be able to just swap out for a new ATX PSU and be in great shape, http://www.xoxide.com/buy-computer-power-supplies.html for some information on PSU shopping (mind you, I would personally rather buy from www.newegg.com or www.zipzoomfly.com, but Xoxide does sometimes get lucky with a deal).

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Yes, i haven't seen a card that uses 750 w. All I meant was, that how do you know if you got high enough power supply to the computer to run the hardware ok?

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card's specs

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the board's specifications will list a reccomended power supply size, that isn't all the power the board uses, but the reccomended capacity of the system's power supply overall. These ratings rarely take into account rail amperage, which should also be considered.

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