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January 30, 2007 11:10:18 PM

I have a Compaq Presario sr1010v and was givin a geforce video card , but im confussed if i can use it or not ? Im playing WOW on my compaq and it runs but not the greatest would like to upgrade but dont really want to spend a LOT of money . Can i upgrade the video card ? and would that even help.

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a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2007 11:14:37 PM

need more info about your compaq.
does it have agp?

how much memory?
what cpu?
January 30, 2007 11:18:34 PM

Im sorry i dont know ? I spent 3 hours just trying to find out who made my motherboard . How would i find out about the AGP?
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a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2007 11:20:53 PM

you could use (cpu-z) download it.

it will give you info on most of your sys.
January 30, 2007 11:26:06 PM

This is all i know about my computer. I hope it can help someone to help me.




System chassis Micro ATX Compaq Presario SR-series chassis

Dimensions (H x W x D): 16 x 7.25 x 15.25 inches
Motherboard name MSI: MS-6577 M-ATX
HP: Giovani2-GL6
Chipset 845GV
Front-side-bus (processor dependent) 400 MHz
Power output wattage 250 Watt
Memory Memory slots: Two DIMMS-I have 512

Maximum memory: 1 GB (HP tested and recommended), 2 GB (motherboard specified)
Expansion slots Three PCI slots (two available, one is occupied by the modem)
Drive bays Two 5.25-inch external (one or two occupied by CD/DVD drives, depending on configuration)

One external 3.5-inch (occupied by floppy)

One 3.5-inch internal (occupied by hard drive)
I/O ports Front ports:

* Two USB (Choosing 7-1 media card reader reduces front USB ports to one)
* Line-in
* Headphone
* Microphone

Back ports:

* Four USB
* One PS/2 mouse
* One PS/2 keyboard
* One parallel
* One serial
* One VGA
* Audio: line-in, line-out, microphone (these ports are covered if audio card chosen; will be included on card)
Communications One high-speed 56K ready data/fax
One 10/100 Base-T Fast Ethernet interface
Processor
Intel Celeron D 335 (2.8 GHz)
Hard drive
160 GB 7200 rpm Ultra DMA
Graphic card Integrated graphics
Sound card Integrated 5.1 capable sound with front audio ports
January 30, 2007 11:30:47 PM

Unless the video card you were given is PCI (NOT PCI-E), you can't use it in that system. Since you're limited to PCI, I'd just save up your money and get a whole new set-up.
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2007 11:35:31 PM

well it looks like you are stuck with pci.

you could get a pci video card (which would be better)
than onboard video.
this would help your gaming experience.

and you could add another 512 stick of ram.
this would make your computer more peppy.

thats about it.

you could do this for about 100$

i wouldnt spend anymore than that for an upgrade.

other than that i reccomend a new computer.
January 30, 2007 11:36:53 PM

Im not sure if it is a PCI or PCI E ? it was taken out of a computer that was never used . I cant reach the person that gave it to me , and just looking at it doesnt really tell me anything other then it's a green board? It's looking like im going to saving some money for a new computer.
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2007 11:37:29 PM

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Unless the video card you were given is PCI


oops forgot about that.
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2007 11:38:34 PM

what does the video card you have now look like?
January 30, 2007 11:38:53 PM

What would be a good video card that i could use ?
January 30, 2007 11:41:01 PM

The Geforce or the one in my computer ? I dont have a clue what the one in my computer looks like, I never look at it.
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2007 11:47:54 PM

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The Geforce or the one in my computer ? I dont have a clue what the one in my computer looks like, I never look at it.


it looks like you are using onboard video.
which means no video card.

where does the video cable from your monitor go.
follow it to the back of your computer.

does it go into the motherboard?

hell can you post pictures?
do you have a camera?
January 30, 2007 11:55:32 PM

it plugs into the back of my computer. I dont know for sure if thats my mother board,,,lol,,,Im sorry i cant be that much help , I dont have a camera , wish i did, But im sure i'd have issues with that also.lol
a b U Graphics card
January 30, 2007 11:59:01 PM

does the cable from the monitor plug in horizontal or vertical?
January 31, 2007 12:00:50 AM

vertical . That was an easy question that i could answer.
January 31, 2007 12:12:06 AM

No it doesnt look like that,,,and i called my brother in law and he said the geforce is a pci E . So thats out . can i use any other pci video card ?
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 12:15:20 AM

geforce can be pci,agp, and pci-e

does the connects on the card have a hook at the end?
January 31, 2007 12:18:40 AM

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vertical . That was an easy question that i could answer.


Do you have a digital camera?

Take a picture of the inside of your case, and we can tell you what you can and can't do.

If anything, tough it out playing WoW on crappy settings until you can afford a fully fledged new desktop tower with all the bells and whistles!
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 12:23:01 AM






the top picture is a pci card.
the bottom pic is a pci-e card.

see the difference in the gold things at the bottom
of each picture.

if it has a hook then it is agp or pci-e.


oops the pci-e card is upside down so the gold thingy,s
are at the top.
January 31, 2007 12:38:54 AM

It looks like the first one.
January 31, 2007 12:40:16 AM

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It looks like the first one.


Then it should work in your system.

But installing it isn't THAT simple. You have to uninstall and disable your on board video card, then turn off your system and install the other one, and hook up your monitor to it and then install the new drivers for it.
January 31, 2007 12:41:57 AM

Im not giving up WOW so i guess im sticking with this computer untill i can get a better one. But it sure would be nice to get this upgraded ,even if it is just a little.
January 31, 2007 12:46:11 AM

That doesnt sound like something you can walk me threw,,LOL,,But i can take it to my local rip off computer store , and pay more then it's worth. AT another web site some guy told me even if i get a new video card i would need a new power supply. Does that sound right, cause i dont want the computer store to really rip me off.
January 31, 2007 12:46:21 AM

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Im not giving up WOW so i guess im sticking with this computer untill i can get a better one. But it sure would be nice to get this upgraded ,even if it is just a little.


The thing is, the money invested might be wasted when you upgrade your desktop, but the money you wasted could've been put to better use making sure you get that little extra $20 here or there that allows you to get the best parts.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 12:47:33 AM

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Im not giving up WOW so i guess im sticking with this computer untill i can get a better one. But it sure would be nice to get this upgraded ,even if it is just a little.


yes if it looks like the first one then it should be pci=it will work.

dont know what kind it is, but it should be better than
your onboard.

in other words it should make the wow play a little better
to you probably a lot better :lol: 

then if you want get a 512 stick of ram.
that will make your system last a little longer.
or until you can afford to upgrade to a whole new sys.
January 31, 2007 12:48:54 AM

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That doesnt sound like something you can walk me threw,,LOL,,But i can take it to my local rip off computer store , and pay more then it's worth. AT another web site some guy told me even if i get a new video card i would need a new power supply. Does that sound right, cause i dont want the computer store to really rip me off.


The computer store? lol

With the name "sweetleaf" and calling it "computer store" I'm tempted to believe you're a chick lol.

It's not THAT hard to uninstall onboard video, if you have Windows XP we can walk you through it.

You can learn this stuff yourself. I learned how to build PC's when I was 16 in my room taking apart my mom's Dell and getting yelled at when she got home from work.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 12:53:23 AM

I check the specs for your computer online at HP.com and it says that it has integrated video and that no other option is available - which I presume means it has no AGP or PCIe slots for video cards. Thus the only option is the PCI slot - but be aware that this technology is 3 generations back and its been about 10 years that even most low end PC's had at least an AGP video slot.
The AGP were later replaced by the PCIe slots on new most new machines. Before about 3 years ago, there were no reliable integrated graphics with any power. Over the last several years they have matured and now most low end systems now have the integrated graphics, which now work fine for most funtions except gaming and heavy graphics, but most also usually have a PCIe upgrade slot.
I am not up on PCI cards so someone else needs to make a recommendation.
January 31, 2007 12:55:13 AM

Im confused by your response, R u telling me to save my money or upgrade ? If it's worth upgrading then i will do it, but if it's really not worth it then why waste the money i could be putting towards a new computer.
January 31, 2007 12:56:37 AM

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Im confused by your response, R u telling me to save my money or upgrade ? If it's worth upgrading then i will do it, but if it's really not worth it then why waste the money i could be putting towards a new computer.


If you're gonna buy a new computer later, don't upgrade now.

Save your money toward buying a new computer.

However, what we're saying is there MIGHT be a way to install the card you have. If we walk you through it.

That could provide a decent enough framerate upgrade that you'll be able to last until you get a new PC.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 1:00:54 AM

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Im confused by your response, R u telling me to save my money or upgrade ? If it's worth upgrading then i will do it, but if it's really not worth it then why waste the money i could be putting towards a new computer.


first get your card in and see if it works.
if so have fun.

you could then get another stick of 512 ram.
but this would cost around 40 to 50 $

that would be the most i would spend on a sys like yours.
January 31, 2007 1:01:51 AM

SweetLeaf is classic Ozzy at his best ! and Yes Im a Chick, LOL, and If u dont call a computer store what do u call it?
January 31, 2007 1:03:36 AM

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SweetLeaf is classic Ozzy at his best ! and Yes Im a Chick, LOL, and If u dont call a computer store what do u call it?


Well, it's because the way you talked about it, it's something that none of us would go to. I don't tell my friends, "HAY GUYZ LETS GO TO TEH COMPUTER STORE LOL".

Plus, no one goes to computer stores. They rape you on prices compared to Newegg, TigerDirect, ZipZoomFly.

Avoid "computer stores", ok? lol
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 1:06:20 AM

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SweetLeaf is classic Ozzy at his best ! and Yes Im a Chick, LOL, and If u dont call a computer store what do u call it?


your a HOOCHIEMAMMA huh. :lol: 
never would have guessed it.
January 31, 2007 1:13:28 AM

Thank You Sirheck For helping me try to figure this all out.
If i can install the video card myself do i need a new power supply or was that just another guy having fun with me ?
January 31, 2007 1:14:55 AM

You the sweet talker you.............. :roll:
January 31, 2007 1:18:21 AM

Ok so i shouldnt go to my local computer store, but i can bake a mean cake ,cook the best roast you'll ever eat and run a 19 bed adult home with my eyes closed, but when it comes to computers I do not understand most of it, I turn it on and it works or it doesnt. So to you guys it might seem easy but to me it all sounds hard.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 1:23:44 AM

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If i can install the video card myself do i need a new power supply


probably not. your psu should be able to handle it.
January 31, 2007 1:33:09 AM

Im going to order more memory as u suggested. Thats easy to put in , I've got to really think about the video card cause im a real WITCH with out my computer and if i screw it up it will take me a while to get it fixed.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 1:41:50 AM

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Im going to order more memory as u suggested. Thats easy to put in , I've got to really think about the video card cause im a real WITCH with out my computer and if i screw it up it will take me a while to get it fixed.


the extra memory will make your sys a little faster overall.
dont know how much it will help your gaming with onboard video?
January 31, 2007 1:44:53 AM

thanks for all your help
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2007 2:19:06 AM

Alright, here is a kinda lo-tec way to see if your vid card will work.
Just open the case and see if it fits :wink:
Make shure it is turned off first, though.

If it fits the slot, you are good to go!
Since it is a geforce card and you are running XP (hopefully), here are your drivers.
After you have the card installed, boot to windows and run the install package.
Reboot into your bios, disable intigrated graphics and you are ready to game.
Should help your in game exp quite a bit over what you are using now.

The extra ram will help alot to.

Hope this helps. 8)
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