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June 18, 2012 4:03:08 PM

Hi all,
I know this is a long shot but it never hurts to ask.

I was given an OLD Dell something or other desktop running a P4. It uses an AGP video card that I was told doesn't work.(i haven't tested it yet) the Motherboard also has 3 pci slots and has a modem card, a wireless card, and a sound card installed. We all know dial-up is all but dead and I don't need that card. So, can I use that slot for video on the chance that the card is good and the AGP slot is dead? I know the AGP vid card wont fit the pci slot but is there a vid card that does? I just want to turn this into a Linux Box and donate it.

Thx

P.s. what's the oven trick for video cards? I can't break it any more can I?

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June 18, 2012 4:17:11 PM

You can get a cheap AGP card or PCI graphics card but I'd recommend the AGP. Just replace the card, if it's the AGP socket that has the problem then yes you'll need to get a PCI based graphics card, recommendations below.

AGP (Nvidia 5200 128mb):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PCI (Nvidia MX4000 128mb):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I had a similiar situation where someone gave me a real old dell, p4 1.6ghz that I turned into a fedora box. This graphics card works perfectly and it's 36 dollars.

Vid Card Trick Explained:
http://www.overclockers.com/the-oven-trick-repairing-yo...

Regards,
Symbolik
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June 18, 2012 4:25:00 PM

Google PCI Video Card....there's dozens of choices....PCI slot is a shared bus interface and the slowest of them all. If all you want to do is make the PC work you'll be fine. Don't expect high performance out of this slot.
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June 18, 2012 4:31:10 PM

Oh Cr@p!!!! Duh I was just @Newegg and didn't think to look for a Pci card.....Thx Symbolik for the links. You get a +1
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June 18, 2012 4:32:05 PM

Best answer selected by travalon.
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June 18, 2012 4:33:03 PM

I'd just dig around on Ebay for an AGP card to try, you should be able to pick one up for very little, might even get one for postage to test.
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June 18, 2012 4:49:47 PM

@rdb853 pm sent
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June 18, 2012 5:09:28 PM

How do i check my PM? sorry travalon
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June 18, 2012 5:58:50 PM

The problem with those cards rdb853 is that he will have to possibly upgrade his psu if I remember correctly there's either a 160 watt or 200 watt PSU, those cards are SUPER over powered for the aged AGP interface, if his Dell is pentium 4 with AGP 4x i'm guessing the black towered dell with the grey face and flip up bottom panel. Both those cards require an 8 or 4 pin (Unless it's molex) power connector..... older p4 dells do not have that unless they're the mid generation with the first intro of the PCi-E.
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June 18, 2012 6:20:13 PM

True, I used both on a 350Watt which I assumed he had
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