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Windows 7: PCI Video Card & W7

25 Apr 2011   #1

W7 Pro/clean install
PCI Video Card & W7

I've got a 939 pin DFI'sli DR motherboard, an AMD 4800 dualie, 2 gigs of PC3200 ram, yada yada yada that blew a capacitor on the motherboard. Could not even get it to post with my 8800gtx, or even an older 6800 nvidia GPU. Prolly due to overclocking. I had a tech check it out and replace the capacitor, but now the PCI-E slots are both dead. He did show me (stuck a PCI video card in the PCI slot and we did get a bios welcome screen then) that I could use one of the PCI slots for a cheap PCI video card and get it to run that way. My question is are all the PCI video cards capable of running Windows 7? This is my old build and want to get it running and give to a friend just for surfing the net, emails, etc etc. I would like to install Windows 7 on it, but might have to just run XP. If I could be assured that a PCI card would work with 7, then I'll just order one from Newegg and get it running for her.

Thanks everyone - JATON Video-228PCI-Twin GeForce FX 5200 128MB 64-bit DDR PCI Video Card

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25 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7, Super OS 9.10

I pulled up nVidia's site, here: Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

I'm going to guess it should work in 7. There are Vista drivers available for that video card, and with the right compatibility settings, you should be all right.

You'll definitely be in good shape if you use Windows XP. I had the AGP version of this card and it worked reasonably well at the time. For basic Internet browsing, it should work fine. I'm not going to guarantee any higher definition video will work well, though...
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25 Apr 2011   #3

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Several flavors of Linux

Hello Tommy -

A word of caution regarding that motherboard - the capacitor failure problem is fairly "old" and well documented. I had two mobos fail with that capacitor issue.

Here's the thing - you may have replaced the one or two "obvious" failed caps but most of those boards had up to a dozen caps that needed to be replaced. Depending on which cap(s) fail, they can take out a lot of other things, as you found out.

I would never trust that particular mobo again - trash it and get another board. It's not worth the high probability of destroying drives and cards in the not too distant future.

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