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Problem with new graphics cards

Q: Problem with new graphics cards

Hey all My new computer is a new graphics with Problem cards quot Medion Akoya P -E quot With art number windows It has an NVIDIA GeForce GT graphic card Problem with new graphics cards Original Psu w My old computer is a quot Emachine EL quot windows vista Original Psu w I have bought a Psu from w to have a pin connector for the GTX ti graphic card When installing this Psu in my EL both graphic cards works fine Now I have brand new graphic Problem with new graphics cards cards NVIDIA GEFORCE GT NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX TI Asus Both cards WORKS on my old Problem with new graphics cards computer Now the problem When installing the new Psu w into my medion computer everything works fine When I remove the graphic card from my new computer and put the or the in it the computer wont start getting long beep and x short beep this means problem with graphics card Now I have retested my graphic cards in my old computer and they both works fine so there is a problem probably something within my computer settings I have searched and searched but couldn t find any solution so thats why I m posting it here I am from Belgium so forgive me for my bad grammar Any suggestion will be tried and I am sure all cables are connected probably when I need to install my GT I don t even need to unplug any cables so thats not the problem nbsp

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A: Problem with new graphics cards

Wait. So when you put the 630 and 650 in your Medion, it fails?
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A:Problem with multiple graphics cards

Please uninstall your card driver and install this driver (which is the correct one)
Use custom install and select to perform a clean install!
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A:Installing New Graphics Cards with Onboard Video/Graphic Cards

We need to know what mobo you have and what slots it has.
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A:Solved: Problem setting up dual graphics cards

SLI is for gaming, you want SLI off if you want to use multiple graphics card independently for multiple monitors.

Does the second graphics card show up in Device Manager?

Have you tried the new card in place of the old card to see if it works or if its faulty?
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A:Two Graphics Cards

Do you have the right drivers installed for each card?

nvidia will not (by default) allow an ATI card to be the primary video card.

With a single card in the pci-e x1 slot, do you get a signal in safe mode?
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A:Graphics cards

What the reason for the purchase?

If you have an NForce4/5xx/6xx series motherboard then you can buy another 7600 series card and run the cards in SLI.

If you want multiple monitors support, more then two, then you can just about buy any other card to do that.

If you have an Intel or ATI chipset based motherboard then you can't do SLI with a second 7600 series card and you have to buy a better card and the 7600 will no longer be useful at all.
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A:I don't know what graphics cards will fit

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Here is a link to your motherboard manufacturer's website with all of the specs and more for it.

GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Specification - GA-6VEML

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A:I need some help on graphics cards

I'm not real familiar with any of the high-end ATI AGP cards other than the HD2600. If you wanted to go with an nVidia card, a 6600/6800GT should run the game fine. The 7800GS would be the perfect choice but they are becoming hard to find. There may be some 7950GTs lying around as well...
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A:Two Graphics Cards

I haven't had a great deal of experience with SLI myself but I can answer some of your questions to a certain degree. I am sure someone with far more knowledge will come along at some point.

1) From what I have seen in general, unless you are running two high end cards in SLI it is generally better to upgrade a single card for a better, single card. Of course, if you upgrade your cards aswell that will give an even better boost however it will double the cost.

2) Yes, both cards have to be the same.

3) Yes

4) Is your motherboard running an NVidia chipset? I don't know if it has changed but it always used to be the case that to use SLI you need an NVidia chipset.

SLI is the name given to NVidia method of running two cards, ATI use Crossfire which is essentially the same thing.
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A:Out of these graphics cards, which should I get?

Out of the cards you have chosen, the EVGA card would do the best job
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A:Are there any graphics cards that are 1gb!!!!

no 512 is the biggest and its by n-vidia
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A:Graphics cards

Which motherboard are you using? I would go for the NVidia myself, as it's what I use on my system (not that particular card, but an 8800GT). However, I would base my actual decision on your chipset - if it is NVidia-based then I would go with that and if AMD-based then the ATI card.
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A:Graphics Cards Help

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A:Two Graphics Cards?

A onboard card is normally a cheap option so an extra quality card is often added so the new one will be best
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A:New graphics cards

Well Scan already have a gainward 256mb FX5600 Ultra listed...

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A:Which Is Better (graphics Cards)

Both should do for the Sims, but the Go 6800 is the newer and better card.
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A:How to use two Graphics Cards

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A:which of these three graphics cards

For a PCI video card, you should choose between a Radeon x1300 PCI or a Radeon x1550 PCI.
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A:How can I tell if I'm using both graphics cards?

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A:HELP with graphics cards

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A:graphics cards

Well first off, that is a good card. I am running a 9500GT myself, and it works great.
If you do want a better graphics card, then you are looking at around 200-500 dollars, depending on the memory.

First off, are you looking to keep NVidia or is ATI ok? For NVidia, the GeForce GTX 280 is the best of the best.
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A:Graphics Cards

You'll only get a benefit in performance if the video cards are in SLI(Nvidia) or Crossfire(ATI) configurations. In SLI or Crossfire the cards combine to improve performance and/or quality. Otherwise using two video cards results in each card being treated individually and in gaming only one card is used - a setup like this in only useful to run multiple monitors and has zero performance gains.
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A:graphics cards?

jester said:

I have onboard s3 pro savageddr graphics but would like to update with new card,i only have pci slots and 32mb,would like to upgrade to 128mb,is this possible if so any suggestions? cheers.Click to expand...
yyes u could use a 128mb graphic card in yor machine just stick it in and instal the drivers and yor away
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A:Graphics Cards

Actually, i think that guy was just trying to be smart.

Need to know if your graphic card is a AGP slot or a PCI slot.

You actually need not do any setting as i believe the graphic card comes with a CD installer!

The process along the CD installer would update the bios, registry info.

Its a simple job. i think if u have some knowledge of computer installation, you can do it.
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A:Help with graphics cards

whats the exact model of the graphics
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A:Graphics Cards and PSU

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total virtual memory 2.00 GB
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Driver Version

A:Graphics cards

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Integrated graphics cards are integrated onto the motherboard of a computer. Discrete cards, also known as add-on cards are added to the computer using a slot (PCI, AGP, PCI-Express 16x with desktops, laptops are a bit different.) You can propably (depends a lot on the connectivity in your laptop) add a graphics card, but it will be external:
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Hello biesty and welcome to the forums

No, not the normal way anyway. Your graphics card isn't powerful enough to run aero, and it isn't supported in your drivers as the Radeon 9200 doesn't support DirectX 9.0, you have 8.1. You can use various customisation software to mimic the effect though:

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A:Graphics cards

You can't add a graphcs card to a laptop.
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Thats not really very specific, nor is the picture clear enough to really tell anything. The slots all look the same, only with different lengths and little dividers throughout, depending on the slot.

You're wanting to upgrade the video card in your computer?

Post some specs, including the model number of your computer. If you posted them in another thread, post a link so I can check it out.
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A double 8600GT shouldn't be bad at all, but it's not at all top of the line... Can you please fill out the rest of your systems specs, it's easier to help that way Now what's the problem, your games are not working the way you want them, that's it? Or is there a problem with your SLI? Check your device manager to see if it shows the two cards, then they should be fine. Also, here's a link to update your drivers: GeForce Release 182

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The Radeon is far, far better.
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Would help to know what laptop exactly. Look at my specs.
Did you just get the laptop?
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A:Two graphics cards vs one

Bob Sawyer said:

I've not had a system with 2 gpus before - is there anything I need to be aware of or is it basically the same as having 1 card to the end user?Click to expand...

Connecting two nVidia SLI or two ATI Crossfire cards together would practically double your performance while connecting them together as if they were one card. There are issues that can arise from SLI or Crossfire (I have only read about the issues), so if possible it might be best to get the performance you need from one card.

If you are thinking about SLI or Crossfire for a future upgrade, you might consider changing the 550Ti to 560/560Ti. The 560/560Ti closer matches performance of the HD 6870.

I've not had a SLI or Crossfire system either so consider my post as opinion based on what I have read over the last two years. Even though not completely accurate, I base allot of performance levels from PassMark - G3D Mark. The reason for the inaccuracy is mostly from the scores being influenced by Over-Clockers. The benchmarks do give a general guideline for performance.
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A:What to look for in Graphics cards?

They are different video cards, the GTX 770 is essentially an overclocked GTX 680 with a higher memory bandwidth so its a different GPU than the GTX titan and 780 and a different amount of cuda cores. Because of this, it can do higher clocks to keep up performance while the other cards have more Cuda cores but will consume much more power and heat to do the same clocks which is why they don't do it. Its all about that balance!
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Did you add another 8400 GT? Did you buy a SLI bridge and use it?
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Have you found any info on mixing brands of cards when running a dual? I know the model should be the same but does the card maker matter?
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As you have double posted and are in the games section also.
Check out the Gaming Rigs Threade, macandy.
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A:graphics cards

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A:Graphics Cards

The one reason to upgrade your GPU would be to keep up with the new games for a longer period of time
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Depends on:
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3. What kind of games you play.
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I think you misread the quote from the EA guy. He said that you will need two GTX 580's (or equivalent) to run BF3 on highest settings. Two HD 6850's are are about equal to one GTX 580. You will be able run the game with one or two HD 6850's, just not on highest settings if this person is to be believed.
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I have installed both ati drivers for both cards
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This Radeon HD 4650 for $69.99 after rebate should do: Its better then what they call for both the minimum and recommended. And its dozens of times better then the Radeon 9200.

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Your Graphics card can support SLI mode (dual Graphics card mode) Is there 2 or 3 ports on the back of your Graphics card? I have been looking at some 9500GTs and most have a VGA, DVI and a HDMI port on them. You would need to turn off one of your monitors on the ultramon, and put it onto the telly. I take it you want the HDMI only to play movies etc?
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