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What graphics card do I need for my eMachine PC?

by fingerspinner / April 28, 2009 10:40 PM PDT

It appears the graphics card on my eMachine has packed up. Unfortunately I cannot get a replacement until I know I little more about the type I need. I cannot find any information in the generic handbook I received with the PC and numerous requests for help from eMachine support go unanswered.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Model: 3230
Serial No: QM448 006 02172

System Information
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.080814-1236)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: eMachines
System Model: MS-6714
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Memory: 1016MB RAM
Page File: 568MB used, 725MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

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get it tested
by ramarc / April 29, 2009 1:17 AM PDT

your motherboard uses integrated graphics and only has pci slots. if your integrated graphics have failed, other motherboard components may have failed also. you should take it to a shop to determine what the problem is or splurge on a new $300 PC.

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Rip off Britain
by fingerspinner / April 29, 2009 9:15 AM PDT
In reply to: get it tested

Thnaks for your advice but I live in the UK and a half decent PC here costs

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Inspect and check...
by Willy / April 29, 2009 1:19 AM PDT

You need to verify if the video is provided by a build-in port or card. Open case and check that out, it will be obvious. Then get either pgm. (google for it) and use them, Belarc or PC Wizard 2008. They will provide the video details and then you can buy a video card of the type you need. You can visit the emachine support website and see what they offer in details as well. I suspect a PCI type card, but it could be PCI-e or older a AGP one, find a suitable replacement and install. You should de-install the old video port, shutdown, add new one and start the install process. -OR- read whatever the install manual suggests. As a possible source of info as well, visit the MS support website or google MS-6714(MicroStar) that's the mtrbd..

tada -----Willy Happy

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No info
by Willy / April 29, 2009 2:32 AM PDT
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You THE man!!!!
by fingerspinner / April 29, 2009 9:31 AM PDT
In reply to: No info

A million thanks mate - I downloaded the Intel driver through one of your links (thought I had tried that before but obviously it wasn't the right one) and Hey Presto suddenly my graphics are working again.
If I could I would buy you a pint (or two).
Thanks a 1000

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(NT) Thanks and you're welcome from across the pond
by Willy / April 29, 2009 10:30 AM PDT
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pci cars are expensive for what they offer
by ramarc / April 29, 2009 11:27 AM PDT
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reading is fundamental
by ramarc / April 29, 2009 11:37 AM PDT

thought you had a hardware failure, not a software driver issue. ignore my suggestion.

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