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What graphics card for old-arsed machine?

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December 14, 2009 8:10:19 PM

I'm retiring an old Compaq Presario 061, actually it's going to the wife. She just wants to use it for Google Earth and stuff like that, something that the onboard graphics card won't even do for some reason.

The specs are:
2.1Ghz AMD Athlon XP 2600+
ASUS A7N8X-LA motherboard
1 gb memory
Windows XP

I opened up the case and of course there is not a PCI-E slot. I'm not sure if there is an AGP slot either, I've been away from it all too long.... What video card deal at the moment is cheap, yet good enough to get by for 3D stuff like Google Earth?
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December 14, 2009 8:51:21 PM

That is a nice socket A MB and the Athlon XP 2600 is a very capable processor for Google Earth. Download and install GPUZ and post wich AGP video card is installed currently. Any AGP card is supported provided the PSU will power it.

http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1709/mirrors.php
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2009 8:53:19 PM

I bought a PCI 8400GS recently and installed it in my ASUS A78N socket A MB. Works just fine.
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December 14, 2009 8:54:48 PM

Thanks! It says NVIDIA GeForce4 MX Integrated GPU. I thought Google Earth worked at one time, now it just comes up and the Earth is black... :) 
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December 14, 2009 9:19:18 PM

So, apparently that system is built by HP and has an integrated graphics chip. Installing an AGP graphics card in the available AGP slot will be an improvement from what you have. The system is too old to spend a lot of money IMO. Although it will work in an open PCI slot, that 8400GS linked is a PCI card, not AGP.
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December 14, 2009 9:30:36 PM

Thank you! Any recommendations on cheap, but good AGP cards? I see the lowest prices are around $28 on NewEgg... I assume this is AGP 4x?
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December 14, 2009 9:36:42 PM

Looks like one of $28-35 GF6200 AGP cards is your cheapest solution. Your MB is probably a 4x board. An 8x card should be compatible with your board. The GF5200 is very weak, don't get that. The 6200 is better even for Google Earth.
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December 15, 2009 2:09:12 PM

Thank you, that helps a lot!
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December 15, 2009 5:46:55 PM

Well, that looks good considering the Athlon XP 2600 you will have driving it. I had an Athlon XP 2600 for a long while. I had an GF MX440 and that machine did just fine. Anyway, that card should run Go0ogle earth. The card is equipped with DDR, not DDR2 or DDR3. I have several DDR video cards running and they do fine while interbet surfing, streaming video, etc. So $28 is looking good for the older machine IMO.
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December 15, 2009 5:49:18 PM

Awesome, thank you!
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December 15, 2009 5:55:50 PM

See the MX 440 at the bottom of the page. I had the MX 440 installed on my Athlon XP 2600. The GF 6200 is a much better card This is a refurbished product, persdonal cinema' edition. Not bad for $19.

I think that more powerful GF6200 would be a better choice.

http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=20
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