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July 30, 2011 3:42:10 AM

Hi all,

So I bought a new Geforce 210 GT card and my computer didn't like it. Or the replacement one either. so I sent it back. My old one is a Geforce 6600, which worked fine for me. I only play Soldier Front on occasion. Anyway, the 6600 went bad, that's when I got the 210. Any suggestions on what card to try next? Like I said I only game occasionally and the 6600 was fine. Is there like an upgrade to the 6600? I just want something that works.

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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2011 4:52:21 AM

The Geforce 210 is barely an upgrade over your 6600 but yes, we certainly need more information about your system then you have given and what you mean by "my computer didn't like it."
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July 30, 2011 9:17:07 AM

GT220 is much better
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a c 283 U Graphics card
July 30, 2011 5:07:32 PM

I know of no reason why a 210GT should not be able to replace a 6600.

It uses the same drivers, and requires no special power.

Exactly what do you mean that the computer did not like it?

This GT430 for $29 seems like a good deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 30, 2011 5:11:03 PM

I'm not very computer savy. My system is An Acer Am1610-U1202A, Pentium D dual core, 4 GB of ram, Psu is 250 watt (too small for the new card but...), I have no info on the motherboard.

My comp didn't like it... after I installed the drivers I could not get a display. I called XFX and they told me to try diff things and still no success. They even recommended that I exchange the card for a new one, which I did, and still no worky.

Glad and not glad to hear that the 210 is as god or better than the 6600. Glad because that's where I want to be, not glad because it won't work.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2011 7:43:28 PM

The Am1610-U1202A comes with a 250w PSU which is quite low and a Pentium D which is quite poor. It's theoretically possible that there was no problem with any of the cards and your PSU is simply breaking down to the point that it cannot handle the extra 20-30w these cards need.
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a c 283 U Graphics card
July 30, 2011 8:39:50 PM

jyjjy said:
The Am1610-U1202A comes with a 250w PSU which is quite low and a Pentium D which is quite poor. It's theoretically possible that there was no problem with any of the cards and your PSU is simply breaking down to the point that it cannot handle the extra 20-30w these cards need.


^ good point.

Over time, a PSU can degrade, particularly a cheap underpowered one that you will often find in pre built pc's.

It is possible that there is actually nothing wrong with your 6600.
VCan you try it in another PC, or, can you try a better psu in your PC?
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July 30, 2011 8:45:35 PM

Im running the same card as you and all drivers are updated and i also have a 250 watt psu and im having no issue. my psu is around 3-4 years old also.
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July 30, 2011 8:50:33 PM

I had no problems until 6 months ago. When gaming, I would get little flickers and flashes. It gradually got worse and I would get disconnected from the game. Then I couldn't watch any kind of vids or look at pics either. Finally, it would just produce a rainbow screen and that was it. Could that be my psu? I don't have another pc to check my card in.
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July 31, 2011 12:02:38 AM

I'm an idiot. The new one was a 240GT.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 12:23:48 AM

Ok, it actually is quite probable your PSU just cannot handle the GT 240 which uses about 50w. The problems you describe with the 6600 do sound like the card dying rather than a PSU issue.
What I would recommend for you system is this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's quite cheap and a lot better than the 6600 while using about the same amount of power. If it still does not work just replace the PSU. Something like this would be fine;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 31, 2011 12:34:00 AM

Thanks for your suggestion, I'll check it out.

Even tho my psu is small I still should have been able to get to windows with it. At least that what the tech told me.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 12:45:36 AM

Your motherboard has onboard graphics. That should allow Windows to function.
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July 31, 2011 1:04:39 AM

With the Nvidia drivers installed I got no display at all. I don't know what was wrong. I have a support ticket open with XFX but man are they slow.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 31, 2011 1:30:03 AM

If your computer never shows anything on the display at all when plugged directly into the motherboard then it is probable that at some point either you disabled the onboard video in the BIOS or the motherboard did so automatically when you installed a card.
If you still have one of the cards in the system then remove it and see if it works then. If there is no card in the system then what you will want to do is remove the battery from the motherboard to return the BIOS settings to their default state. The battery shouldn't be hard to spot, it is round and silver. Unplug the computer and remove the battery then wait a minute or two and put it back in. This should re-enable the onboard video and you should be able to use that for basic usage though it will likely fail miserably at 3D gaming.
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August 4, 2011 3:47:34 AM

Thanks jyjjy!!!! I reset the bios and was able to take my original bad card out. Installed the ATI 4650 and I'm up and running. Played my game and it was cool. You are awesome!!!
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