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2004-10-28T19:01:07Z
a while ago i decided to make some improvements on my pathetic comp for gaming (i own a dell dimension 2300). recently i bought the FX5700LE 256MB video card only to find out when i tried to install it that it didn't fit into my video card slot. yeah. anyway i was hoping you guys could help me come up with a solution.

btw, im a newb when it comes to computers so i would appreciate it if you could dumb it down for me.
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SS Joe
2004-10-28T19:44:31Z
Do you have a AGP slot on your motherboard? If you do, it should be near the PCI Slots, it's not aligned the the PCI slots and is usually a different color.
Samwise
2004-10-29T05:19:29Z
If you have trouble finding it, refer to your motherboard manual.
Ramman
2004-10-29T08:53:58Z
Return that card, if it's an AGP you can't use it. The 2300 has no AGP slot. The best you can do would be to get a PCI vid card. There are a lot out there, unfortunately most use old technology. Although, that 2300 uses outdated Intel onboard graphics. Even an old tech PCI card is better than what you have.

Here are some choices and average prices for the cards.

GeF2 MX 32MB - $30
GeF2MX400 64MB - $35
Ati 7000 32MB - $40
ATi 7000VE 64MB - $45
GeF4 MX440 64MB - $50
GeF4 MX440 128MB - $55
ATi 9200SE 128MB - $55
ATi 9250 128MB - $60
FX5200 128MB - $65
FX5700LE 128MB - $85

There are different flavors of the above cards, TV out, personal theater types, etc. They don't affect the quality of the card, just the price. Of the above, the ATi 9250 and FX5700LE are the best. But any of them will be better than your weak onboard Intel graphics.
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2004-10-29T13:33:56Z
ok. thanks for all your help.
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2004-11-05T18:29:32Z
ok, wait a second. i know this wasn't on your list of possibilities but i bought the radeon 9600 128 because it said it went in a pci slot but i just got it and it doesn't fit. could somebody explain this to me?
StukaSt1
2004-11-06T01:59:35Z
There is a version that comes in PCI and others that come in AGP make sure the box says PCI on it
Ne0rC
2004-11-06T04:11:40Z
I don't think there are PCI 9600s, unless I am extremely wrong.
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2004-11-06T08:38:08Z
quote from instruction manuel:

"insert the card into an empty pci slot"

im just going by what it says.
Ne0rC
2004-11-06T11:12:47Z
quote:

Originally posted by: link
quote from instruction manuel:

"insert the card into an empty pci slot"

im just going by what it says.



Most of those manuals I find to be rather stupid, they usually try to make it so that all the manuals work for alll their cards.

There are NO PCI 9600s.
StukaSt1
2004-11-06T11:16:58Z
I just did a google search for pci 9600 and a bunch of hits came up so I assumed there was one but there are cards with agp and pci variations I have a 9100 PCI and it can't even play cs with full fps but then again anything is better than onboard graphics
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2004-11-06T14:21:49Z
yeah. okay thanks again for the help guys.
Ramman
2004-11-08T08:52:42Z
It might be that you need a half-height card. Some systems require these because of space problems. If that is the case for your's, you will be stuck using a 5200. That is the best PCI card out that comes in a half-height style.
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2004-11-08T09:17:42Z
This may sound like a silly point but you realise the card goes in upside down right? most people expect the card to go in so the fan/heatsink is pointing upwards.
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2004-11-09T18:59:44Z
yes, i do know how the card is supposed to be installed. what i cant seem to find is a card that will fit into my computer slot. and for the past couple days, everytime i look at a photo of a card that says pci, it never looks like it'd fit in my slot. what am i doing wrong? look, if someone could point me in the right direction, the last card i owned was a geforce e-tnt 2 M64 32MB. i just dont want to screw up (again) after buying the wrong card...twice.