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July 4, 2013 7:59:26 AM

Windows 7 motivates my question about upgrading graphics card on Sony desktop. Would you pls offer some guidance concerning Low end graphics card upgrade that would satisfy windows 7 requirements?

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July 4, 2013 8:13:42 AM

BillBuchanan said:
Windows 7 motivates my question about upgrading graphics card on Sony desktop. Would you pls offer some guidance concerning Low end graphics card upgrade that would satisfy windows 7 requirements?


hmm, with a quick google, it looks like that system is very old. maybe 5+ years (couldn't even find specs on it) I would think it's an AGP Graphics slot, which means your kinda out of luck, as they don't make those cards any more. You could potentially get one second hand on ebay. But I wouldn't trust a card that old second hand. Friendly advice would be to consign that system to the dustbin, any money put into it now, would be a waste.
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July 4, 2013 8:33:28 AM

keith12 said:
BillBuchanan said:
Windows 7 motivates my question about upgrading graphics card on Sony desktop. Would you pls offer some guidance concerning Low end graphics card upgrade that would satisfy windows 7 requirements?


hmm, with a quick google, it looks like that system is very old. maybe 5+ years (couldn't even find specs on it) I would think it's an AGP Graphics slot, which means your kinda out of luck, as they don't make those cards any more. You could potentially get one second hand on ebay. But I wouldn't trust a card that old second hand. Friendly advice would be to consign that system to the dustbin, any money put into it now, would be a waste.


Thank you, Keith. I've been seriously considering retiring this Sony desktop, but was hoping it might remain viable for a while longer with Windows 7 upgrade. I've seen AGP form factor graphics cards still available (e.g. ATI Radon 3450) but was unclear it the AGP form factor alone was sufficient criteria to assure compatibility. I expected bus width, power consumption, and interface speed should all be factored into my compatibility question, so I wanted to ask if I might be missing something.

Do you agree?

Is the AGP graphics card compatibility question one which spans several electrical timing, signal and power parameters? I mean: Does the AGP standard define both signal pinout and physical form factor for the AGP graphics card interface? ( summary: is interface compatibility covered by the AGP standard alone?)

Thanks again for you help with this.
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a b U Graphics card
July 4, 2013 8:51:54 AM

BillBuchanan said:
keith12 said:
BillBuchanan said:
Windows 7 motivates my question about upgrading graphics card on Sony desktop. Would you pls offer some guidance concerning Low end graphics card upgrade that would satisfy windows 7 requirements?


hmm, with a quick google, it looks like that system is very old. maybe 5+ years (couldn't even find specs on it) I would think it's an AGP Graphics slot, which means your kinda out of luck, as they don't make those cards any more. You could potentially get one second hand on ebay. But I wouldn't trust a card that old second hand. Friendly advice would be to consign that system to the dustbin, any money put into it now, would be a waste.


Thank you, Keith. I've been seriously considering retiring this Sony desktop, but was hoping it might remain viable for a while longer with Windows 7 upgrade. I've seen AGP form factor graphics cards still available (e.g. ATI Radon 3450) but was unclear it the AGP form factor alone was sufficient criteria to assure compatibility. I expected bus width, power consumption, and interface speed should all be factored into my compatibility question, so I wanted to ask if I might be missing something.

Do you agree?

Is the AGP graphics card compatibility question one which spans several electrical timing, signal and power parameters? I mean: Does the AGP standard define both signal pinout and physical form factor for the AGP graphics card interface? ( summary: is interface compatibility covered by the AGP standard alone?)

Thanks again for you help with this.


Wow, cool. The 3450 was a decent card in its day. With regard to AGP compatibility with Win 7, yes there could be issues, not so much with the hardware side of things (bus width, power consumption, and interface speed) moreso with the availability of a suitable driver to allow Windows to pick up the card.

I would suggest before purchase, to check the manufacturers website ( in this case AMD for the 3450) and see if they have a suitable driver, otherwise it will not work correctly. Yes, you could in theory use the standard vga driver that comes with windows, but you will not be able to use the card properly with that driver.

Key things to check: 1. Driver availability, 2. Power requirements for new card.

Also, Win7 isn't exactly a hog, resource wise, but saying that, Its a damn sight more than XP.

Along with checking for Drivers for your GPU you should also check drivers for the system i.e Motherboard, Network, sound card etc The upgrade to win 7 could prove more problematic than just sticking in the AGP card. If those other drivers aren't available for that system, it makes the upgrade a moot point.
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July 5, 2013 10:23:39 AM

keith12 said:
BillBuchanan said:
keith12 said:
BillBuchanan said:
Windows 7 motivates my question about upgrading graphics card on Sony desktop. Would you pls offer some guidance concerning Low end graphics card upgrade that would satisfy windows 7 requirements?


hmm, with a quick google, it looks like that system is very old. maybe 5+ years (couldn't even find specs on it) I would think it's an AGP Graphics slot, which means your kinda out of luck, as they don't make those cards any more. You could potentially get one second hand on ebay. But I wouldn't trust a card that old second hand. Friendly advice would be to consign that system to the dustbin, any money put into it now, would be a waste.


Thank you, Keith. I've been seriously considering retiring this Sony desktop, but was hoping it might remain viable for a while longer with Windows 7 upgrade. I've seen AGP form factor graphics cards still available (e.g. ATI Radon 3450) but was unclear it the AGP form factor alone was sufficient criteria to assure compatibility. I expected bus width, power consumption, and interface speed should all be factored into my compatibility question, so I wanted to ask if I might be missing something.

Do you agree?

Is the AGP graphics card compatibility question one which spans several electrical timing, signal and power parameters? I mean: Does the AGP standard define both signal pinout and physical form factor for the AGP graphics card interface? ( summary: is interface compatibility covered by the AGP standard alone?)

Thanks again for you help with this.


Wow, cool. The 3450 was a decent card in its day. With regard to AGP compatibility with Win 7, yes there could be issues, not so much with the hardware side of things (bus width, power consumption, and interface speed) moreso with the availability of a suitable driver to allow Windows to pick up the card.

I would suggest before purchase, to check the manufacturers website ( in this case AMD for the 3450) and see if they have a suitable driver, otherwise it will not work correctly. Yes, you could in theory use the standard vga driver that comes with windows, but you will not be able to use the card properly with that driver.

Key things to check: 1. Driver availability, 2. Power requirements for new card.

Also, Win7 isn't exactly a hog, resource wise, but saying that, Its a damn sight more than XP.

Along with checking for Drivers for your GPU you should also check drivers for the system i.e Motherboard, Network, sound card etc The upgrade to win 7 could prove more problematic than just sticking in the AGP card. If those other drivers aren't available for that system, it makes the upgrade a moot point.


Hello again, Keith.

Followed your advice about additional investigation into power rqts and driver availability. Was most helpful and revealing too. Have adopted your initial suggestion to buy a new computer to avoid throwing additional money away toward new power supply and graphics processor (with no Windows 7 support).

Thank you again for your most helpful guidance, and so long for now.
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a b U Graphics card
July 6, 2013 3:17:59 AM

BillBuchanan said:
keith12 said:
BillBuchanan said:
keith12 said:
BillBuchanan said:
Windows 7 motivates my question about upgrading graphics card on Sony desktop. Would you pls offer some guidance concerning Low end graphics card upgrade that would satisfy windows 7 requirements?


hmm, with a quick google, it looks like that system is very old. maybe 5+ years (couldn't even find specs on it) I would think it's an AGP Graphics slot, which means your kinda out of luck, as they don't make those cards any more. You could potentially get one second hand on ebay. But I wouldn't trust a card that old second hand. Friendly advice would be to consign that system to the dustbin, any money put into it now, would be a waste.


Thank you, Keith. I've been seriously considering retiring this Sony desktop, but was hoping it might remain viable for a while longer with Windows 7 upgrade. I've seen AGP form factor graphics cards still available (e.g. ATI Radon 3450) but was unclear it the AGP form factor alone was sufficient criteria to assure compatibility. I expected bus width, power consumption, and interface speed should all be factored into my compatibility question, so I wanted to ask if I might be missing something.

Do you agree?

Is the AGP graphics card compatibility question one which spans several electrical timing, signal and power parameters? I mean: Does the AGP standard define both signal pinout and physical form factor for the AGP graphics card interface? ( summary: is interface compatibility covered by the AGP standard alone?)

Thanks again for you help with this.


Wow, cool. The 3450 was a decent card in its day. With regard to AGP compatibility with Win 7, yes there could be issues, not so much with the hardware side of things (bus width, power consumption, and interface speed) moreso with the availability of a suitable driver to allow Windows to pick up the card.

I would suggest before purchase, to check the manufacturers website ( in this case AMD for the 3450) and see if they have a suitable driver, otherwise it will not work correctly. Yes, you could in theory use the standard vga driver that comes with windows, but you will not be able to use the card properly with that driver.

Key things to check: 1. Driver availability, 2. Power requirements for new card.

Also, Win7 isn't exactly a hog, resource wise, but saying that, Its a damn sight more than XP.

Along with checking for Drivers for your GPU you should also check drivers for the system i.e Motherboard, Network, sound card etc The upgrade to win 7 could prove more problematic than just sticking in the AGP card. If those other drivers aren't available for that system, it makes the upgrade a moot point.


Hello again, Keith.

Followed your advice about additional investigation into power rqts and driver availability. Was most helpful and revealing too. Have adopted your initial suggestion to buy a new computer to avoid throwing additional money away toward new power supply and graphics processor (with no Windows 7 support).

Thank you again for your most helpful guidance, and so long for now.


No problem, Bill, glad to be of assistance. Don't forget to select the best answer :) 
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