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October 6, 2010 3:04:57 PM

hi, i recently found out my old Nvidia Gforce 7600 ddr2 512mb agp card had become faulty and no longer allows my computer to run anymore. so i bought a new galaxy card, the nvidia geforce gtx460 768mb gc ddr5 192bit with dual dvi/mini hdmi/pcie card.my issue is this, it wont fit in my motherboard! i had asked a "professional" online and he told me that all the cards from nvidia could replace the one i had, no problem. but it cant fit in my pcie slot. what do i need to do to solve my problem? am i going to have to buy a new motherboard or am i going to be cutting some plastic off my pcie slot?

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October 6, 2010 3:20:24 PM

It would be great to know what motherboard you have/complete system specs.

However, the problem is that you have an AGP slot, not PCIe. So you need an AGP card. The technitian you talked to was obviously very stupid to not know this.

AGP and PCIe slots are very different and you cannot put a PCIe card into an AGP slot, even if you cut plastic. The contacts are just different.
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October 6, 2010 3:26:48 PM

*sigh* so i AM going to need a new motherboard aren't i...any suggestions on some nice cheap ones i can get?
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October 6, 2010 3:40:01 PM

Again, please list your specs... you can't just go buy any motherboard as everything needs to be compatible.
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October 6, 2010 3:45:49 PM

there-in lies another problem. with my computer unable to bootup, and the video card being the problem, i cannot get the exact specs you need. i cant even locat the label of my motherboard i currently have... all i know is that its an athlon. a7x something. it was a "hand me down" gift from a friend, he won it at some charity event. it looks rather old since it i have no idea what year he got it at. but i've had this thing for two years now. if i could boot up my comp and log in i could tell ya but sorry. i can't.
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October 6, 2010 3:59:57 PM

Ok, well you know it's an Athelon so that's a start. Probably using AM2 or AM2+ socket. The nice thing about AMD is that they're mobos are pretty universally backwards compatible.

Maybe one of these
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

Quite a few options... You should be able to find out the exact CPU you have by removing the heat sink, it usually will have the label printed on top of the CPU. Since you're going to replace the mobo you would have to do this anyway. There's a few different types of Athelon CPUs so knowing the exact one can narrow down the options. That said, any of the boards I linked should (in theory) work.
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October 6, 2010 4:16:17 PM

thanks for the help. i'll check it out.
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October 6, 2010 5:35:27 PM

No problem. Just one thing I forgot to mention, make sure you get the right size board. You can measure your current mobo (width + height) to figure out which form factor it is. It's only an issue if you need a micro ATX or ITX, but if it's a regular full size case it'll probably support a regular ATX board.
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October 6, 2010 5:49:17 PM

wolfram23 said:
Ok, well you know it's an Athelon so that's a start. Probably using AM2 or AM2+ socket. The nice thing about AMD is that they're mobos are pretty universally backwards compatible.

I think you'll find it's more likely to be an Athlon s762 if it's got an AGP slot.
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October 8, 2010 11:51:35 AM

I see no way but upgrade your mobo . is it old or NEW ?
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October 8, 2010 11:57:08 AM

tranzorro said:
there-in lies another problem. with my computer unable to bootup, and the video card being the problem, i cannot get the exact specs you need. i cant even locat the label of my motherboard i currently have... all i know is that its an athlon. a7x something. it was a "hand me down" gift from a friend, he won it at some charity event. it looks rather old since it i have no idea what year he got it at. but i've had this thing for two years now. if i could boot up my comp and log in i could tell ya but sorry. i can't.


8Vidia said:
I see no way but upgrade your mobo . is it old or NEW ?


Read the previous posts please. :pfff: 
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October 8, 2010 12:10:48 PM

Ok , mr M.M
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October 8, 2010 1:39:58 PM

Just remember that this isn't simply a replacement for the motherboard, you will likely have to replace the RAM and most definetly need a new CPU.
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