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June 11, 2008 6:57:03 PM

Hey Everyone,
I build a pc for my kids back in December (santa brought all the parts *wink*) and everything works great except for one annoying issue. Their old monitor was absolute crap. I knew they needed a new one and figured it would also fix the issue we were having. It *appears* to be a frame rate issue. When you try scrolling down it isn't smooth at all. If you're watching streaming videos, like on hulu, it reminds me of the old time movies that were really choppy. Hopefully that makes sense because I'm having a really hard time describing the issue.

Well, I found where you could adjust the frame rate on the computer but it won't let me. The options to change it are grayed out. Now I'm looking to install a video card but have no idea what to get that would be compatible. A friend of ours gave us one that he never used but it won't fit in my only empty slot on the mobo. The card is a GeForce MX 4000. Since it's not going to work I need some suggestions for what will. Keep in mind this is a kids' computer so we're not looking for top of the line, hardcore gaming graphics. The most they do is play flash games, cruise the internet and watch videos.


Here's what we have:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M2V-MX SE AM2 VIA K8M890 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Orleans 2.0GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 59W Single-Core Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can post pics of the inside if that would help too. Any help at all that you can offer would be very much appreciated! This was my first build :) 



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June 11, 2008 7:17:35 PM

Thanks for the quick response...but no luck.

"Could not locate any drivers that are compatible with current software."

It wouldn't surprise me that I'm missing something since I'm a first timer.
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June 11, 2008 8:04:21 PM

So you have VIA DeltaChrome onboard video on the mobo now did you install mobo drivers for video?? that came with mobo cd?
June 11, 2008 8:29:01 PM

Yes, I have the onboard Via Chrome. Just went and checked if there was a driver update and whaddya know, everything is working perfectly now! *woohoo* All fixed and it didn't cost a cent. Those are the best fixes.

Can't believe I didn't think to check this before. What a relief :bounce: 

Thank you all for your patience. I really do appreciate all the help!
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June 11, 2008 8:29:12 PM

Your motherboard has a PCI-E x16 slot available. I bet you got a GeForce MX 4000 AGP, that's why it won't fit in the slot. Funny, I used one of those exact cards in the past. It was good enough to play Diablo 2 at 800x600 and movies at 1680x1050, but really choppy, not a pleasure to use.

Tell us what kind of PSU you have and how much you are willing to spend on the video card. In general, this sounds like a job for the HD 3850 512MB, best card around $125 and doesn't demand a huge PSU. Compare that with the 8600GT at around $100, which has about half the speed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161216

Edit: I hadn't seen your post above yet. If the kids are happy with that onboard video then congratulations, and don't spend any money on a video card. But, if they discover some recent games, you may want a video card. Typically even the weakest discrete video card beats onboard video. Maybe wait a month or so for prices to drop more - there will be some new releases soon and that will make the HD 3850 cheaper, I think.


June 11, 2008 8:30:51 PM

fleakiller said:
Or if you are just looking to upgrade video card http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... you can see if you like any for the price and that board is a pci-e 16


I may decide to do that in the future. Gonna see how this works for now. Like I said, it's for my kids (5 & 11) so it doesn't need to be top of the line. Thanks for the tip there because I had no idea what type of card would work. I'll make sure to make a note of it.
June 11, 2008 8:44:25 PM

Glad to be of help have a good day
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