3D Accelerator

I bought a game for my children before realizing that I needed a 3D Accelerator to run it. What is the safest way to know which one works best and how to install it?
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  1. "3D Accelerator "????(Graphics card?)

    Could you tell us what game and what your current PC model is?
  2. Yes, we will need to know that before offering much help I am afraid.

    Mags ... right click on MY Computer and go to Proprties and tell us what system info you have there.

    To get info on the graphics card right click on the desktop (just anywhere in the centre) and go to properties, then hit the far right tab called "settings" and click advanced ... should tell you the graphics card in it.

    I am assuming you have Windows XP ... if you have Win98 or 95 I will need to run a tape backup on my brain and get back to you in a day or so.

    Find this stuff first and post ... we will go from there.
  3. I have Dell with the following:
    Micosoft Window XP
    Version 2002
    Service Pack 3

    Computer: Intel(R)
    Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3. GHz
    2.99 GHz, 504 MB of Ram
  4. What is your motherboard?
    Graphic card?
  5. I have no idea and it doesn't tell me under properties. If I have a graphic card, I don't know what kind.
    I do good to supply my grandchildren with games that will play on my computer that are not extremely violent. The game in question is Catechumen. If you haven't checked out Christian CD-Rom games, then you probably have never heard of it either.
  6. right click on ur desktop > properties > display > advanced > adaptor

    tell us what it says there...and also what game did u get? hopefully with these two info we can help :)
  7. Reynod said:
    Yes, we will need to know that before offering much help I am afraid.

    Mags ... right click on MY Computer and go to Proprties and tell us what system info you have there.

    To get info on the graphics card right click on the desktop (just anywhere in the centre) and go to properties, then hit the far right tab called "settings" and click advanced ... should tell you the graphics card in it.

    I am assuming you have Windows XP ... if you have Win98 or 95 I will need to run a tape backup on my brain and get back to you in a day or so.

    Find this stuff first and post ... we will go from there.


    I could not figure out how to reply so I hope this works.

    I have already listed the following:
    I have Dell with the following:
    Micosoft Window XP
    Version 2002
    Service Pack 3

    Computer: Intel(R)
    Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3. GHz
    2.99 GHz, 504 MB of Ram

    As to the graphics card, it must be an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
    Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family 6.14.10.3924

    I hope this helps you, as I didn't even know I had a graphics card. WOW
  8. aunt maggie said:
    I could not figure out how to reply so I hope this works.

    As to the graphics card, it must be an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
    Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family 6.14.10.3924

    I hope this helps you, as I didn't even know I had a graphics card. WOW

    that's coz u do NOT have a graphics card :P it's just the builtin graphics of ur motherboard...to play most of the games that come out nowadays u'll need an external graphics card...u'r motherboard's builtin one is no match for em.

    the name of the game wud have helped...but i'm pretty sure this is the problem

    Quote:
    What is the safest way to know which one works best and how to install it?

    well u need to buy an external grpahics card...u can get one for around 60-70 usd.installing it is pretty easy.but i assume u don know much about hardwares.but i'm sure someone with a little knowledge(no extensive knowledeg required to do this) can help u choose a graphics card nad install it...

    btw can u tell us the name of the game pls??coz looking at ur pc specs i'm not sure whether it can run the game even if u get a graphics card(or 3D accelerator) :S
  9. The name of the game is CATECHUMEN. It came from the Christian Book store and is a bible game for teens. Put out by N'LIGHTNING. It says on the front that to run it you must have a 3D Accelerator.
  10. ya...the only way u can run it is by getting a new external graphics card :(
  11. btw even if u get a gpu(graphics card or 3D accelerator) ur pc doesnt have enough ram to run the game smoothly...probably wont even run it.

    nxt time u want to buy a game for ur kids, try posting a thread with ur pc specifications and what type of game u'd like to get for em n there r ppl here who're more than willing to help :)
  12. Thanks so much for that information. There computer is already loaded with the graphics card, as well as the 3D accelerator, so I'll just give it to them to play on their computer at their house.
  13. make sure you buy the correct type of graphics card for your motherboard you may have an AGP slot!!! dont just blindly buy
  14. and deffinatly either buy more ram or time to get a new rig.. you are running with some old equiptment
  15. A graphics card & 3D accelerator is the same thing.
    The latter term is simply an old term from the days when graphics cards either only did 2D or 3D.
  16. The add on cads use to only accerate your onboad graphics....(graphics accelerator)

    The new cards have the entire chipset on them and replace your onboard chipset(graphics card)

    Similar but a graphics card has way more capabilities than a graphics accelerator...
  17. What are you talking about?
    A 3D accelerator would accelerate a game if the game used its codepath (Glide for 3Dfx). A VGA card would output VGA to a monitor, when 3D accelerators were still 3D accelerators there were no onboard VGA adapters.
  18. 1980s
    The IBM Professional Graphics Controller was one of the very first 2D/3D graphics accelerators available for the IBM PC. Released in 1984, 10 years before hardware 3D acceleration became a standard, its high price (~$4500 USD @ 1984 currency), slow processor (8088-2 running at 8MHz), and lack of compatibility with then-current commercial programs made it unable to succeed in the mass-market.

    The Commodore Amiga was the first mass-market computer to include a blitter in its video hardware, and IBM's 8514 graphics system was one of the first PC video cards to implement 2D primitives in hardware.

    The Amiga was unique, for the time, in that it featured what would now be recognized as a full graphics accelerator, offloading practically all video generation functions to hardware, including line drawing, area fill, block image transfer, and a graphics coprocessor with its own (primitive) instruction set. Prior to this (and quite some time after on most systems) a general purpose CPU had to handle every aspect of drawing the display
  19. Over time the got better but a 3d accelerator depended highly on your processor. eventually they had thier own chipset to lighten the load and became a full fledged graphics card....
  20. I only consider standardized 3D accelerators (they are compatible with a certain slot across different manufacturers, ie. PCI, AGP).
  21. right but the Term 3d Accelerator was not originally standardized untill the late 90's

    they had pci 3d accelerators before adding the chipset to them making them independent graphics cards. Then AGP was the new hip standard, Now its pci express.
  22. A 3D accelerator is different than a Graphics Processing Unit...
  23. aunt maggie said:
    I could not figure out how to reply so I hope this works.

    I have already listed the following:
    I have Dell with the following:
    Micosoft Window XP
    Version 2002
    Service Pack 3

    Computer: Intel(R)
    Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3. GHz
    2.99 GHz, 504 MB of Ram

    As to the graphics card, it must be an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
    Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family 6.14.10.3924

    I hope this helps you, as I didn't even know I had a graphics card. WOW
  24. darkjuggalo2000 said:
    right but the Term 3d Accelerator was not originally standardized untill the late 90's

    they had pci 3d accelerators before adding the chipset to them making them independent graphics cards. Then AGP was the new hip standard, Now its pci express.
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