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    Graphics card upgrade possible?

    My mate bought a pre built machine from dell but he wants to upgrade the on board ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series. Cpuz gives this info about his mobo

    http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/4143/mainboardwf5.jpg

    So does it look like he cant upgrade? I mean its not PCIe as far as i can tell, and not sure it's even AGP since on my cpuz the AGP info is listed on that page.

    So is he able to upgrade do you reckon?

    Cheers.

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    best way to check open the pc look above the pci ports see if there is a slot for a gfx card , although if its a cheap dell it probs wont as i found out

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    Generally speaking Dell do not allow for upgrades. Graphics cards are usually onboard and have no AGP/PCI-e slots. The only thing you could do is get a PCI graphics card, but that would probably be worse than using onboard.

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    this is the inside of his PC (its not dell btw i thought he said it was)

    http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/2285/dsc00879cq9.jpg

    Is that black thing an AGP slot?


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    This is an AGP slot. To be honest I'm not sure what that one is

    *EDIT*

    Did a quick google, looks to be a PCI-e slot. Can you get the exact motherboard model please? With that it can be checked up easily on the web as to what the motherboard has.

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    Last edited by FInalD; 02-09-2006 at 01:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FInalD
    This is an AGP slot. To be honest I'm not sure what that one is

    *EDIT*

    Did a quick google, looks to be a PCI-e slot. Can you get the exact motherboard model please? With that it can be checked up easily on the web as to what the motherboard has.

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    Well doesnt it tell you what it is in that link i gave to the cpuz info? I thought that was the mobo

    I assume not then or you wouldnt have asked, ill try and get him to find out, but i dunno how, thought cpuz did that...

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    CPUZ is ok, but gets things wrong.

    It'll be written on the motherboard. I can see some lettering below the PCI slots, but that doesn't relate to any Asus boards and I can't seem to find a maker that it does. The letering appears to be A8AE-LE or ABAE-LE I'm not 100%.

    *EDIT*

    Ok, found it...it's an HP machine, not Dell, because it's a pre-build Asus doesn't have the info listed for the A8AE-LE also known as 'AmberineM'. No worries on getting your mate to find the name.

    Expansion slots

    * Three PCI
    * One PCI Express (No AGP slot)
    Looks like it is a PCI-e slot afterall, well he can upgrade it to whatever he wants then.

    FinalD
    Last edited by FInalD; 02-09-2006 at 02:05 PM.

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    looks like an agp slot to me buddy, just tell him to look on the board next to the slot it will saay 8x agp or watever next to it, but either way it means ur pc can take a gfx card of some sort

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    Quote Originally Posted by harry1
    looks like an agp slot to me buddy, just tell him to look on the board next to the slot it will saay 8x agp or watever next to it, but either way it means ur pc can take a gfx card of some sort

    How'd you manage to work that one out? AGP has a 'breaker' in the slot 1inch form the right (to left), and isn't as long as a standard PCI slot. PCI-e has the 'breaker' 1 inch from the left (to right) and is much bigger than standard PCI.

    I'm suprised HP actually sell machines with that sort of upgradability.

    More info on the board here.

    FinalD

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    agp 4x

    agp 1 had no breaker

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    Thanks FInalD thats some good investigative work there

    Seriously thanks a lot mate

    *edit* LOL ok now im confused, i dont know whos right here AGP or PCIe, does anyone know lol. I guess FInalD is right since he posted the link to the mobo and it said there but...dunno now

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    is that the board then?

    yeh looks like it0

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    lol

    Yeah it is the board. The name of the board 'AmberineM' is in CPUz and it is also on that site about HP boards that I linked to. Also the number name of the board under the PCI-E slot is the same as the one I linked to.

    The reason I know the 'breaker' (as I keep putting it) position is different is simply because I took the side off of my case which has AGP and it's completely different from the image posted. Also if you look at AGP and PCI-E slots on google images you'll see what I mean.

    No worries on the investigative work, I'm bored, provided something interesting to do

    FinalD

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    yeh i completely didnt think it would have pci so scanned all my broken mobos and it looked like a agp 4x lol, as the 8x has a few brakers in it

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    Cheers both of you then Thats that sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FInalD
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    More info on the board here.

    FinalD
    Looking at the 2 pictures (Figure 2: Photograph on FinalD link) of the m/b model number is written below the PCI Express slot . Can you ask your mate to check it does say A8AE-LE? looks like it to me.


    EDIT: me and my slow typing looks like you have got everything sorted...

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