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September 26, 2012 2:49:38 PM

I have an IBM s51 8171 SFF with a 225W PSU. There is apparently no upgrade PSU available (probably due to the age of the unit). In addition the on board video does not have DirectDraw, Direct3D, or AGP Texture accelerators available. My question is will a H3823 Dell ATI Radeon X300 SE 128MB PCI-E X16 DVI Video Card w/ Dual VGA Cord, available on ebay, work on my computer with its small power supply. The seller said the H3823 Dell ATI Radeon X300 SE 128MB PCI-E X16 DVI Video Card was pulled from a Dell system with a 250W PSU. I am frustrated. All I want to do is hook up my Orion VR0419 VCR via a coax cable so my grandkids can watch vegietales and such like on my computer when they visit. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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September 26, 2012 3:57:46 PM

from what i can tell that pc has Intel 915G Express, which has 1 pci-e x16 slot you should open the pc and look to make sure, there were 5+ versions of the s51 (8171)



now for the video card, you need a "low profile card or bracket" make sure it has one.

radeon 5450 New 29.99
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September 26, 2012 4:05:18 PM

I'm ignoring the first questions and jumping to the end result.

Most video cards are for generating video (display), not receiving it. There are some old 'TV cards' that 'take' input like an RF aerial/VCR and allow you to watch/record on your monitor.

The card you are discussing just outputs on DVI connectors, it wouldn't take input as such and certainly doesn't have any means to input or output via coax cable.

You might be better off just buying a cheap 2nd hand TV for playing back those tapes. Sorry if that wasn't what you wanted to hear but at least you aren't making a mistake.
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September 26, 2012 6:23:34 PM

I'm guessing that he already has a tv tuner / video capture card and just needs a gpu that supports directdraw etc for it to work.

I wouldn't worry too much about the powersupply, the card you listed doesn't require anything extreme and I expect it would work. Drivers for the card could be a problem though, I would check that out first.
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September 27, 2012 12:01:20 AM

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October 2, 2012 1:40:44 AM

the great randini said:
from what i can tell that pc has Intel 915G Express, which has 1 pci-e x16 slot you should open the pc and look to make sure, there were 5+ versions of the s51 (8171)

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/attachments/video-cards/5973d1244135398-tv-card-looks-wrong-pci-express-x16-slot-pci-slots.jpg

now for the video card, you need a "low profile card or bracket" make sure it has one.

radeon 5450 New 29.99


Thanks for your advice. The PC has one riser that supports one PCI and one PCIe card. I did buy the HD 5450 that Newegg had for sale. My further question is regarding the disabling of the onboard Standard VGA Graphics Adapter? Should I disable the adapter before or after the installation of the HD 5450 card? Your help is greatly appreciated.
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October 2, 2012 4:47:02 PM

Thanks for your reply. How about a DVI-I to VGA adapter? The card fits alright but the VGA plug-in is partially blocked by the case configuration. The DVI-I connector is accessable. Or will an HDMI to VGA work?
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October 20, 2012 2:24:14 AM

the great randini said:
not sure if that card will work off a riser, if not this one has an svideo port which would make it easy to connect ot vcr and will work fine off a riser
VisionTek VTK Rad7K 64P Radeon 7000 64MB 64-bi
t DDR PCI Video Card


Sorry to bother you again. At http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/E-S-series-ThinkCentre-Desk..., a contributor posted a reply that the PCIe slot on the riser will work with a PCIe x1. My question is will the 225W PSU be sufficient enough in your opinion for the VisionTek Radeon HD4350 x1 PCIe 512MB DMS59 SFF DDR2 B2 Retail Graphics Cards (900308)? As someone else on the tom's hardware forum mentioned, I do have a TV tuner but it is in the PCI slot of the riser. Thanks in advance for your reply.
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October 22, 2012 8:13:36 PM

hdmi to vga will work but if you want sound from hdmi (it can send sound too) then it will not transfer sound along the dvi vga route

Look up vga to hdmi (or backwards) in newegg/google..
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About the graphics card:


I looked at the thread, I guess you will just have to trust him.

Otherwise, if you can, it might be best to put newer cards in your pci slots. If you have enough slots, newer should have lower power.. Maybe not. According to that thread up there, best bet might to upgrade psu if you can regardless. Something more reliable..

Here are two different ones that might work, not sure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd suggest buying something you can return later for the money spent, in case it doesn't work.

Here are some threads that seems relevant to your topic:

Spoiler

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/307786-33-watt-profil...
Here is a topic with a similar question to your's it might have good information.


Here's a newer thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357109-33-graphic-car...

Here is another thread that involves your computer: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/E-S-series-ThinkCentre-Desk...

That might be of help as well.


I can't find the specs for your computer.. The best I could get was this: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/lenovo-thinkcentre-s51...

Is AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ) good enough for a gpu?
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October 31, 2012 1:34:42 AM

NoUserBar said:
hdmi to vga will work but if you want sound from hdmi (it can send sound too) then it will not transfer sound along the dvi vga route

Look up vga to hdmi (or backwards) in newegg/google..
~~
About the graphics card:


I looked at the thread, I guess you will just have to trust him.

Otherwise, if you can, it might be best to put newer cards in your pci slots. If you have enough slots, newer should have lower power.. Maybe not. According to that thread up there, best bet might to upgrade psu if you can regardless. Something more reliable..

Here are two different ones that might work, not sure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd suggest buying something you can return later for the money spent, in case it doesn't work.

Here are some threads that seems relevant to your topic:

Spoiler

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/307786-33-watt-profil...
Here is a topic with a similar question to your's it might have good information.


Here's a newer thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357109-33-graphic-car...

Here is another thread that involves your computer: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/E-S-series-ThinkCentre-Desk...

That might be of help as well.


I can't find the specs for your computer.. The best I could get was this: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/lenovo-thinkcentre-s51...

Is AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ) good enough for a gpu?


Thanks for your advice. I really appreciate the suggestions and the links. I guess I will get a PCI video card and let it be at that. Again, thanks!
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