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#1 Copernicus

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 10:30 PM

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System Hardware:

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Product Name W3506
Serial Number CRD6A 100 02559
Machine Type AT/AT COMPATIBLE
Infrared (IR) Supported No
DMI System UUID AF513A24-497011DB-A45600E0-188FF8F4
UUID 243A51AF-7049-DB11-A456-00E0188FF8F4

Disk Space Disk C: 31 GB Available, 70 GB Total, 31 GB Free
Disk D: 2651 MB Available, 4549 MB Total, 2651 MB Free
Disk E: 0 MB Available, 1003 MB Total, 0 MB Free

Physical Memory 1918 MB Total, 1305 MB Free
Memory Load 31%

Virtual Memory 3108 MB Total, 2616 MB Free

PageFile Name \??\C:\pagefile.sys
PageFile Size 1344 MB
In use 82 MB
Max used 118 MB
Registry Size 10 MB (current), 120 MB (maximum)

Profile GUID {44782240-dceb-11da-9497-806d6172696f}

The system clock interval 15 ms

Motherboard


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Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Model D102GGC2
Version AAD70214-201
Serial Number BTGC63800464

North Bridge ATI RS400/RC400/RC410 Revision 01
South Bridge ATI SB400 Revision 01

CPU Intel® Celeron® D CPU 3.20GHz
Cpu Socket Socket 775 LGA

System Slots 4 PCI

Memory Summary
Maximum Capacity 2048 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Error Correction None

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed

Video


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Display Adapter ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series
Video Processor ATI Radeon Xpress Series (0x5A61)
Video memory size 128 MBytes
Adapter DAC Type Internal DAC(400MHz)
BIOS Date 05/10/04
Display Drivers ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version 6.14.10.6925
Driver Date 2009-02-25 22:58:57
Inf File Name oem18.inf
Inf Section ati2mtag_RC410

New card

ATI Radeon 1650XT

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I've heard you have to disable or delete the drivers entirely. I would disable the drivers, put in the new grahics card and start up the computer. I've read the card didn't need extra power to it, that it would draw it from the motherboard directly. My monitor would be as if the computer was off and turn black. Do I have to go into the bios and change something? I'll gladly get more information as needed. If my camera worked I'd take a picture of the inside of the computer. I couldn't find any pictures on Google.

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:38 PM

According to the Specifications on E-machine's website, your W3506 has a PCI-E X16 slot that you can use to install an upgraded PCI-E Video Card.

The card you have pictured should work without a problem in your computer and go right into the slot.

As for the drivers. Go into Add/remove programs and remove the existing ATI video drivers and if installed the Catalyst Control Center.

Shutdown your computer, open it up and install your new video card. Connect your monitor to the newly installed video card and reboot your computer.

There should not be any switches or anything similar that needs to be changed to allow your new video card to function properly. Once the machine is booted up, go ahead with the normal installation of your new video card drivers.

Your video card upgrade should then be complete.

Hope this helps,
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Posted 28 June 2009 - 11:52 PM

Since you have onboard video just uninstalling the old drivers & installing your video card won't do it.

You either need to go in the BIOS & disable the onboard video or leave the drivers installed & disable it in the device manager.

If you simply uninstall the drivers in add/remove & then install the new card when you restart the computer it will reinstall the onboard as well as the new card.
When you turn it off & turn it back on you will be stuck in a shutdown/restart loop or get a BSOD because Windows will try to load both video devices & have a super driver conflict.

Also, Since it is a emachine before you install that X1650 I suggest you check the power supply.
If it is a Bestec power supply I suggest you replace it BEFORE you install the video card.
If you don't very shortly the Bestec power supply WILL do what they are known best for, fail & fry the motherboard in the process.

[edited to fix a typo]

Edited by fairjoeblue, 28 June 2009 - 11:54 PM.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:24 AM

You're right. It's a Bestec. 288 W Max. So, any suggestions on a new one?

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 12:56 AM

Get a brand name , 450 Watt or above.

I don't know what your $ is like but Antec, OCZ,Sunbeam, SeaSonic,Apeva,FSP, XClio are all good .
There are others to .

One I would consider,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817189005

I have fixed a lot of emachines.
They are usually pretty good computers with the exception of the cheap, junk, Bestec power supply.

I got in an argument by saying this on another forum but replacing that Bestec with a decent PSU will probably make it a tad faster.
Computers tend to work much better when everything is getting enough power to work right !

[ A person on another forum said there is no way a PSU is going to make a computer faster.
That person was mistaken
Going from a weak PSU that isn't putting out enough power to one that is will certainly make a difference.]

Edited by fairjoeblue, 29 June 2009 - 01:05 AM.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:10 AM

Thanks, I'll be getting that. Is there anything else I should know about?

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:36 AM

Go here,

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

Download the correct driver for your video card.
Save it to My Documents.
When you go to install the drivers do a Custom install when the option is offered
Install ONLY the drivers, No "Catalyst Control Center" .

If you are playing any games go here & download Riva Tuner,

http://downloads.guru3d.com/RivaTuner-v2.0...wnload-163.html

Use Riva tuner to increase the core by about 12 points
Increase the memory by about 5 points

VERY tiny OC but usually eliminates hesitation when loading pages .
[Works great with my X1800 XL !]
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