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Windows 7: Gigabyte 4550 Bad Choice?

30 Jan 2012   #21
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N2Abyss View Post
Here's what the Gigabyte manual say's for "Minimum System Requirements"
Intel® Pentium® 4/core™2 or AMD Athlon™ / Phenom™ (I have only a pentium 4) *****

I guess in typing this I finally answered my own question, could it be the first requirement, A QUAD CORE processor? Reading between the "Registered" and "Trademark" symbols was confusing at the time of installation, but wouldn't you say, this could be my problem?
I don't understand what you see here that is significant.

To me it says either (a) Intel Pentium 4 CPU or (b) Core2Duo CPU, which comes in dual-processor or quad-processor models I believe.

You say you have (a), a Pentium 4. So this should be fine. My own ASUS P5Q3 use of the HD4550 in WinXP Pro SP3 has a Core2Duo CPU with 2 processors.

But why would you think from the Gigabyte writeup that what you have is not acceptable? Looks fine to me.


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30 Jan 2012   #22
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

The most important thing is the power supply....Planning to upgrade your Graphics Card? Read First...

But there is always someone who will say all will be fine.....Planning to upgrade your Graphics Card? Read First...
My last post was basically "do what you want".....

I HAD a HP desktop system with a oddball psu, and I had it loaded out, extra cd burner, two extra hard drives, a 256 mb video card, extra fans and maxed out ram (2 gb)....I was living large......till the power supply died....not content with just taking out it's self it took almost all the system along for the ride



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30 Jan 2012   #23
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Here are the specs for the Athena AP-MFATX35P8 350W Flex ATX Power Supply, I have installed.
Output
Voltage +5V -5V +12V1 +12V2 -12V +3.3V +5V-SB
Current 15A 0.5A 11A 11A 0.8A 15A 3.0A

N2
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31 Jan 2012   #24
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

What I don't understand here is +12V1 (11A) and +12V2 (11A)?
I asume each one is called or designated as a "12V Rail"?
If so which on powers the video card? or would one add both of these +12V values together and use a total?

N2
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31 Jan 2012   #25
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

Each rail is a separate 12vt line....so each rail can carry only 11 amps with a 22 amp total for both
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31 Jan 2012   #26
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

OK, so does the video card draw it's power from one rail, or both rails together?
N2
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31 Jan 2012   #27
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

That information is not in any of the spec's ACPC | Power Supply | FLEX ATX 350W

I would assume that it would be evenly shared, but you know what happens when you assume
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31 Jan 2012   #28
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Thanks Ivan, one last question and I guess I'll mark this solved.
I still don't understand whats going on with the "Gigabyte" video card and why it won't work in the E4300, maybe I never will? , I did however get the old 4300 series card to work again and as long as I keep the resolution at 1024x768 or under, it seems fine.
But anything above that, and the white and green dots start to reappear again!

The only conclusion I can come to is my old 4300 series card may have been damaged by months of overheating, before the installation of better cooling.
As for the Gigabyte card, I think we have ruled out any Power,compatibility or cooling issues, from all the great input given here!
But it just will not work in the SFF........
Thanks
N2
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31 Jan 2012   #29
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

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31 Jan 2012   #30
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Ivan, out of the examples I looked at the site you suggested, it looks most like DVI corruption.
I failed to mention in all this, that I use a iogear KVM switch to jump between the Gateway Gt and the E4300.
This DVI lead, may be something I want to look at!
Thanks
N2
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