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Windows 7: How to upgrade

20 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
I need help finding a new video card

I recently upgraded to win7 from xp. i am pretty sure i need a new graphic card but i have no clue how to figure out what kind i have and what is needed.

i know that i need at lease directx9 and WDDM 1.0 but have no clue what that is

System info i was able to find:
processor is Intel (R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.53CHz
installed memory 1GB
chip type intel (R) 856G Graphics chip
DAC type 8bit
Adapter String VGA
Total Available graphics memory 832kg

computer is a Dell Dimension 1100/B110
upgraded monitor to HP2000

any help would be great

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20 Feb 2010   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

here is the link to your desktop Drivers & Downloads= it is an old pc try to load the drivers in compatibility mode for vista
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20 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Greek edition :)

launce Windows update and click on left search for updates..... Update should find updates for windows and drivers....If update couldn't find the drivers go to Drivers & Downloads as right said pebbly...
If you want to find info about your pc then go to: start>all programs>accesories>system tools>system inforamtion (I think that is the right names because mine is in greek)
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20 Feb 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Rolisonlf, welcome to the forums.

As far as a new video card goes for that computer you are limited to PCI only, there is no PCI-E or an AGP slots on the motherboard,

Dimension 1100 Desktop Product Details | Dell

so you are stuck looking at a PCI card. If you want to add one I wouldn't look at anything more than something like this, - ECS N8400GS2-512DS-F GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

which is about the cheapest card your going to find that will have proper support for Windows 7 (that and doesn't cost more than what your entire computer is worth).
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20 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

The Dimension 1100 has an Intel 865GV chipset, including graphics.

There are no Windows 7 drivers for it:

Graphics — Older Intel® graphics controllers and Microsoft Windows 7* operating system

You may be able to run the XP drivers. They won't support Aero Glass effects, but (in my opinion) that's not a great loss.

As others have remarked, if you want to update the graphics, you'll need a PCI graphics card. (Not PCI Express; that is entirely incompatible.) The ones with the nVidia 8400 chipset are about the least expensive. I wouldn't bother with one, unless you find that you can't live without Aero.
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21 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Build a new PC, and use that as a media server.
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