My monitor is flickering. I tried a different monitor and it still flickers. I'm guessing I need to replace the Dell Dimension E520's graphics card.
Is that something a mere mortal can do without special tools and skills? What would the card cost? I'm not looking to play games, simply replace the card I have (if I have diagnosed the problem correctly).
the dell e520/521 came with the nvidia 7300le. simply replace the old card with a new card and you will be good to go. you did not post a budget but the DELL 300W PSU was solid enough for an mass PC maker. you do have two issues
1. stick to a PCI-E 1.0 or 2.0 card that runs of a single slot with no need for extra power (2.1 cards like the AMD 6670 can have issues with old DELL BIOS).
2. you have a BTX mobo rather then ATX. your video card will go in fan side up rather then the more common fan side down. you also have a chip cooler stick out from the mobo that will block most dual slot video cards so stick to single slot card
I bought the graphics card and installed it -- all according to your advice. Everything seems to have gone smoothly except that now, when I boot up, I get a message that says "Floppy diskette seek failure. F1 to continue. F2 to run setup utility." Strange. Any idea what that is all about? Did I knock something out of alignment when I installed the graphics card?
BTW, thanks again for your expert advice. I really appreciate it!