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Need to know which video card is compatible

This is all going to sound really stupid, but I've never installed a video card before and I don't even know where to begin in finding out which one's compatible and which one isn't. Something about PCI? lol. I need help, as you can see.

Computer info:

Dell
Model number: DHM
OS: Windows XP
Manufacturing date: 06/04/03
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.40GHz
Motherboard number: 02X378
RAM: 1 GB
Current video card: Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller

If there's any more information that I missed, just let me know. Thank you

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Re: videocard

The common types of video slots on the motherboard are (going from pre-historic to current) are:
- vesa
- agp
- pci
- pci-e x1
- pci-e x16

So it depends on your specific motherboard what kind of cards would be possible. Just have a look in the technical documentation or on the support.dell.com (use the machine specific tag) or open the case and see.

It's somewhat doubtful if it is a good idea to spend any money on a 9-year old PC. Why do you want to to that, and what's the purpose you want to reach?

Kees

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eureka

Ah, now it makes sense. it depends on the motherboard, and my motherboard is up to regular PCI. Thanks a lot.

Don't worry, I'm not making this into my rig. My other computer broke down and I just want to bring this used one into this century by means of a cheap video card.

Anyway, thanks again fellas.

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Ummm

I don't think DHM is a valid model number.

If you have a service tag number......maybe a sticker on the machine or in your paper work.

Go to Dell and plug in that service number.

With a little luck Dell will tell you a valid model number and all the parts that are in the machine.

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PCI. And a card I would use.

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