Help updating an old computer

I am looking for someone to tell me exactly what to purchse to upgrade the Video/graphics card on an HP Pavilion a810n. I don't have much money to do this because I am a retired person on SS, but I can no longer play the video games that I like. I keep getting an error message that my video card does not support this game. I am only talking HOG and Adventure/Action games.
I would like to get a card that is going to do the job for at least a couple of years. I don't know how to tell if I will also need to upgrade my PSU.
I can put them in myself, I just don't understand how to tell what I need.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Nancy


System Information
------------------
Time of this report: 9/15/2009, 08:44:12
Machine name: YOUR-03667082DE
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
System Model: PP164AA-ABA a810n
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3300+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.4GHz
Memory: 896MB RAM
Page File: 453MB used, 1713MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
Display Devices
---------------
Card name: SiS 760
Manufacturer: SiS
Chip type: SiS 760
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1039&DEV_6330&SUBSYS_2A06103C&REV_00
Display Memory: 128.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)
Monitor: Default Monitor
Monitor Max Res:
Driver Name: SiSGRV.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.3900 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 6/5/2009 03:07:24, 3467776 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: sisgrp.sys
Mini VDD Date: 6/5/2009 03:02:46, 323584 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71ED9-2070-11CF-B07C-0C0AA1C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x1039
Device ID: 0x6330
SubSys ID: 0x2A06103C
Revision ID: 0x0000
Revision ID: 0x0000
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_D ModeMPEG2_B ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG1_A
Deinterlace Caps: n/a
Registry: OK
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled
DDraw Test Result: Not run
D3D7 Test Result: Not run
D3D8 Test Result: Not run
D3D9 Test Result: Not run
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161280
    4350 for 105 USD

    this is the best you can get

    put this in the PCI slot

    it is plenty for what you play and most likely won't need a PSU upgrade either
  2. ^ No, thats a PCI-E 1x card Upendra, not a PCI card.

    Anyway that computer should have an AGP slot. Take off the side panel to be sure that it has an AGP slot. If you don't know what an AGP slot is then google it.

    Now then, if you have at least a 325W Power Supply, you should go with.

    POWERCOLOR AG3650 512MD2-V3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131173

    If not then go with

    JATON 3DForce3450-DVI Radeon HD 3450 512MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814139053

    The only problem with the Jaton is that it has two DVI ports and no VGA adapter for them. If your monitor only uses a VGA cable you will also need an adaptor for that card. The 3450 is pretty slow by todays standards, but it's the best you can do without upgrading your PSU if it's less than 325W. The 3650 is much faster than the 3450, but it's very basic now adays. Still, should be more than enough for your needs and there isn't much of a point in getting something faster without upgrading your CPU as well.
  3. I have 1 AGP slots and 3 PCI-E slots.
    If I were to upgrade the PCU what should I look for and how would that change the graphics card I should buy.
    The $105 is pretty pricey for me. I have a top total price of $150.00, and would prefer not to have to spend it all.
    Thanks again.


    member1070 said:
    I am looking for someone to tell me exactly what to purchse to upgrade the Video/graphics card on an HP Pavilion a810n. I don't have much money to do this because I am a retired person on SS, but I can no longer play the video games that I like. I keep getting an error message that my video card does not support this game. I am only talking HOG and Adventure/Action games.
    I would like to get a card that is going to do the job for at least a couple of years. I don't know how to tell if I will also need to upgrade my PSU.
    I can put them in myself, I just don't understand how to tell what I need.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Nancy


    System Information
    ------------------
    Time of this report: 9/15/2009, 08:44:12
    Machine name: YOUR-03667082DE
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
    System Model: PP164AA-ABA a810n
    BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3300+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 896MB RAM
    Page File: 453MB used, 1713MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: SiS 760
    Manufacturer: SiS
    Chip type: SiS 760
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1039&DEV_6330&SUBSYS_2A06103C&REV_00
    Display Memory: 128.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)
    Monitor: Default Monitor
    Monitor Max Res:
    Driver Name: SiSGRV.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.3900 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 6/5/2009 03:07:24, 3467776 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: sisgrp.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 6/5/2009 03:02:46, 323584 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B71ED9-2070-11CF-B07C-0C0AA1C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x1039
    Device ID: 0x6330
    SubSys ID: 0x2A06103C
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_D ModeMPEG2_B ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG1_A
    Deinterlace Caps: n/a
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130465

    this is better suited and way cheaper, and no PSU change required either
  5. Upendra09 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130465

    this is better suited and way cheaper, and no PSU change required either

    That is such a poor card, you should be ashamed of yourself for even suggesting it.

    @OP the 3650 is by far the better choice.
  6. I have 1 AGP slots and 3 PCI-E slots.
    If I were to upgrade the PCU what should I look for and how would that change the graphics card I should buy.
    I would like to keep the total around $100
    Thanks again.


    megamanx00 said:
    ^ No, thats a PCI-E 1x card Upendra, not a PCI card.

    Anyway that computer should have an AGP slot. Take off the side panel to be sure that it has an AGP slot. If you don't know what an AGP slot is then google it.

    Now then, if you have at least a 325W Power Supply, you should go with.

    POWERCOLOR AG3650 512MD2-V3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131173

    If not then go with

    JATON 3DForce3450-DVI Radeon HD 3450 512MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814139053

    The only problem with the Jaton is that it has two DVI ports and no VGA adapter for them. If your monitor only uses a VGA cable you will also need an adaptor for that card. The 3450 is pretty slow by todays standards, but it's the best you can do without upgrading your PSU if it's less than 325W. The 3650 is much faster than the 3450, but it's very basic now adays. Still, should be more than enough for your needs and there isn't much of a point in getting something faster without upgrading your CPU as well.
  7. member1070 said:
    I am looking for someone to tell me exactly what to purchse to upgrade the Video/graphics card on an HP Pavilion a810n. I don't have much money to do this because I am a retired person on SS, but I can no longer play the video games that I like. I keep getting an error message that my video card does not support this game. I am only talking HOG and Adventure/Action games.
    I would like to get a card that is going to do the job for at least a couple of years. I don't know how to tell if I will also need to upgrade my PSU.
    I can put them in myself, I just don't understand how to tell what I need.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Nancy


    System Information
    ------------------
    Time of this report: 9/15/2009, 08:44:12
    Machine name: YOUR-03667082DE
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
    System Model: PP164AA-ABA a810n
    BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3300+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 896MB RAM
    Page File: 453MB used, 1713MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: SiS 760
    Manufacturer: SiS
    Chip type: SiS 760
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1039&DEV_6330&SUBSYS_2A06103C&REV_00
    Display Memory: 128.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)
    Monitor: Default Monitor
    Monitor Max Res:
    Driver Name: SiSGRV.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.3900 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 6/5/2009 03:07:24, 3467776 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: sisgrp.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 6/5/2009 03:02:46, 323584 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B71ED9-2070-11CF-B07C-0C0AA1C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x1039
    Device ID: 0x6330
    SubSys ID: 0x2A06103C
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_D ModeMPEG2_B ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG1_A
    Deinterlace Caps: n/a
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run



    The best video card they have available would be NVIDIA 256MB AGP PCI card like from Walmart, Bestbuy or shop ebay, when you install this card it will come with the installation CD, this card goes in an unattended inspansion slot inside your pc. Dont forget to disable the onboard and switch it to PCI in your bios.
  8. member1070 said:
    I am looking for someone to tell me exactly what to purchse to upgrade the Video/graphics card on an HP Pavilion a810n. I don't have much money to do this because I am a retired person on SS, but I can no longer play the video games that I like. I keep getting an error message that my video card does not support this game. I am only talking HOG and Adventure/Action games.
    I would like to get a card that is going to do the job for at least a couple of years. I don't know how to tell if I will also need to upgrade my PSU.
    I can put them in myself, I just don't understand how to tell what I need.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Nancy


    System Information
    ------------------
    Time of this report: 9/15/2009, 08:44:12
    Machine name: YOUR-03667082DE
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061
    System Model: PP164AA-ABA a810n
    BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3300+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 896MB RAM
    Page File: 453MB used, 1713MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: SiS 760
    Manufacturer: SiS
    Chip type: SiS 760
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1039&DEV_6330&SUBSYS_2A06103C&REV_00
    Display Memory: 128.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (75Hz)
    Monitor: Default Monitor
    Monitor Max Res:
    Driver Name: SiSGRV.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.3900 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 6/5/2009 03:07:24, 3467776 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: sisgrp.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 6/5/2009 03:02:46, 323584 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B71ED9-2070-11CF-B07C-0C0AA1C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x1039
    Device ID: 0x6330
    SubSys ID: 0x2A06103C
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_D ModeMPEG2_B ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG1_A
    Deinterlace Caps: n/a
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run



    In addition you may want to upgrade your memory to 1 GB or better so that your video doesnt freeze or stick when playing games etc..
  9. you do not have pci-e, a 3300+ can't have pci-e unless it has some crazy mobo from hp. Also don't listen to the person on top of me, You don't need to upgrade your memory, it's plenty for xp. Also if you do try to upgrade, it's going to cost quite a bit more just for 1gb total. DDR prices are higher than ddr2/3
  10. Computers please stop quoting OP's post everytime.
    You said a oxymoron in your first post, you can't have AGP PCI. A nVidia 256MB could be a 6200, 7300, 8800GT, or others.
    For AGP I would suggest a 4650.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125281&cm_re=4650_AGP-_-14-125-281-_-Product
  11. Mousemonkey said:
    That is such a poor card, you should be ashamed of yourself for even suggesting it.

    @OP the 3650 is by far the better choice.


    Shut up monkey

    * throws banana infused with permanent glue*

    and yes i second the 4650
  12. Upendra09 said:
    Shut up monkey

    * throws banana infused with permanent glue*

    and yes i second the 4650

    *Side steps incoming 'nana*
  13. *grabs monkey and shoves banana into its mouth and then makes it chew*


    oh look something's wrong with that monkey, we should put it out of its misery
  14. Upendra09 said:
    *grabs monkey and shoves banana into its mouth and then makes it chew*


    oh look something's wrong with that monkey, we should put it out of its misery

    *watches from a distance as Uppy assaults a monkey in a case of mistaken identity*
  15. *snipes real monkey*
  16. *Hears reports over grapvine that a madman is on the loose shooting monkeys at random*
  17. *set fire to forest and nukes all areas with in 10 mile radius*


    *walks into burnt ashes and finds burnt remains of damned monkey*.....

    *shoots it and nukes it again*
  18. *Sends report to WWF & NATO containing details of the nutter nuking forests*
  19. *goes to underground hideout and devises plans to rid earth of said monkey*
  20. Shut up, shut up, shut up!
    It seems I'm usually the one suggesting while others do the seconding.
  21. sabot00 said:
    Shut up, shut up, shut up!
    It seems I'm usually the one suggesting while others do the seconding.

    :lol: Who rattled your cage!
  22. he is just jealous cuz i didn't target him

    fine here you go

    *tosses dead monkey to sabot for lunch* good job tiger
  23. Gee! It's great to be answered by such a bunch of adult individuals.
    I am still not sure what I should be looking for.
    Thanks a lot!
    Nancy
  24. get a 4650, it is your best bet
  25. member1070 said:
    Gee! It's great to be answered by such a bunch of adult individuals.
    I am still not sure what I should be looking for.
    Thanks a lot!
    Nancy

    We were just filling in time while waiting for you to respond, a 3650, 3850, 4650 or 4670 ATi card in AGP is about all that's worth getting these days as AGP has been replaced by PCIe and those were the last ones that were made for that interface.
  26. Thank you. How will I know if I need to upgrade my PSU and to what I should upgrade it to.
    Thanks again,
    Nancy


    Mousemonkey said:
    We were just filling in time while waiting for you to respond, a 3650, 3850, 4650 or 4670 ATi card in AGP is about all that's worth getting these days as AGP has been replaced by PCIe and those were the last ones that were made for that interface.
  27. member1070 said:
    Thank you. How will I know if I need to upgrade my PSU and to what I should upgrade it to.
    Thanks again,
    Nancy

    What do you have at the moment?, a 3850 would be the most power hungry @72w and a 4670 will only need about 57w.
  28. the monkey would know he is very curious, per se


    a 350 watt PSU should be fine
  29. Thank you all for the help.
    Nancy
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