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Update video card

by PatrickWM / June 11, 2007 7:31 AM PDT

I have an emachins T6212 with an ati200 video card that i want to upgrade as easy as possible. . I know it has an pci express slot, but what card would work and is as easy as just "plug in and done"? I'm not a gamer, I just want to support a better monitor. Recently purchased an HPw2007 because my old monitor quit working.
3200amd athlon 64 , 160 gb hard drive, 512 mb ddr sdram..

Thanks for your help.

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It's up to you...
by John.Wilkinson / June 11, 2007 11:45 AM PDT
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Basically, any PCIe (PCI Express) card will be fine, though power consumption may be a concern with higher-level graphics cards. The more powerful the card the more power it will draw, and your computer's power supply may not be able to handle it. Unfortunately that detail is not included in the eMachines spec sheet, so I can't give you a specific number. You'll need to peek into the case and look at the label of the PSU (in the top back corner) to find out what its capacity is.

The instructions will walk you through the installation process. It's not quite plug-and-done since you also need to install software/drivers (either from CD or by downloading the latest from the graphics card's manufacturer), but it's not that bad. Just be gentle but firm when inserting the card and let us know if you encounter any problems.

If you report back on your power supply (check for the wattage, like 350W) and your price range and we'll give you some guidance in your selection process.

Let us know.

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Video card
by PatrickWM / June 12, 2007 5:26 AM PDT
In reply to: It's up to you...

John 300 watts is computers power supply , and I'm looking to stay at or under $200 for the new card .


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the xpress 200m intergrated graphics support up to 2536x2536
by ramarc / June 11, 2007 12:58 PM PDT
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so it should handle your 20" widescreen. what is the problem?

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video card
by PatrickWM / June 12, 2007 5:31 AM PDT

I might have listed the card wrong its an ATI Radeon 200 and only supports 1024 x 768 according to what I read in the specs. But I really don't know much about computers.

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emachine t6212 has integrated graphics
by ramarc / June 12, 2007 6:22 AM PDT
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not a video card.
the xpress 200 graphics should be able to accomodate a 20" widescreen. I think the Windows Media Center configuration is probably the culprit.

Open Media Center > Click Settings > Click General > Click Media Center Setup > Click Configure your TV or Monitor.

Follow the on screen instructions and select a display width that matches your monitor (16:9 or 16:10).

You might also consider downloading the radeon graphics drivers directly from ATI. They should allow you select any resolution your monitor supports.

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