Let me first admit that I'm new here, but not to working on my computers... (which I built in April of 2005 - the hard drive crashed in October and I just replaced it.)
I use this one for transferring VHS tapes and TV shows (after taking out the commercials) to DVD, along with normal everyday stuff and am not a gamer in the forum sense of the word...
My system consists of Win XP Pro running on:
300w psu (gonna be 400 soon, I think, but not quite yet)
Asus A7V400-MX mobo, BIOS Rev 1009, w/4x/8x AGP and 3 PCI slots and
o/b VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP - 64mb shared
AMD Athlon XP 1.25 GHz cpu
2-512mb DDR SDRam, PC 2700
SB Live! 5.1 Digital sound card
Mitsumi CR-4804TE CD-R/W
Quit laughing - it serves me well! That said, I recently bought a game that requires 128 mb of video ram.
I ended up purchasing a couple of AGP cards - hopefully, one for this tower, one for another one of mine and one for my son's...
What I bought, on my - meager - budget were, 1 each:
eVGA GeForce 6200 8x AGP 512mb DDR2
Agle GeForce 5500 AGP 256mb GDDR1
Sparkle GeForce FX 5500 256mb DDR
*Note - I have not yet tried the Sparkle card, so it's possible that with a different type of onboard ram, it -might - possibly work. I got too frustrated with the other two to try again tonight, after having installed OS and programs on the new 250GB hard drive. Enough was enough for tonight; I'd been at it for about 6-1/2 hours... Install, reboot, re-route shortcuts to their new folders on the start menu, delete the desktop garbage, repeat... you know the drill, I know you do!
Anyway, everything was working fine with the new install until I went from the onboard graphics to installing either one or the other of the first two new graphics cards. After I put the card in, my system totally refused to cooperate. Monitor's black, with orange light on the normally blue lit power button (you know, stand by). Graphics card fan was working, but that was all. No boot beeps, no nothing. Turned it off and re-hooked monitor to onboard and everything's fine. Did this with both the eVGA and the Agle cards. :grind_teeth:
So, who can tell me where my problem is? I'm guessing either the psu's not big enough, or that the mobo isn't compatible with the power needs of these cards, but I don't know. Duh - that's why I'm posting and asking, isn't it?
I know, when you said more is better in the beginner's pages, you didn't quite mean THIS much more! sorry. -- please, help?!! :sigh: