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How Do I Tell If I Have Which Slot I Have For Video Cards?


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#1 zachaser

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 03:00 PM

My computer is an emachines T2341. I'm not sure if I have a PCI slot, AGP, or PCI Express. I'm looking to

purchase a new video card, but I can't make a decision until I know which of these I have. Any help would

be appreciated.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 03:56 PM

Can you tell us about your computer? Is it a branded (Dell, Gateway, etc.) or is it a home built system. If it is home built do you know the make and model of the motheboard? It's best to refer to the system documentation to see which of these cards your system will support.

Here is a link that should help you out. The AGP slot is usually brown in color.

http://www.kids-online.net/learn/click/details/agp.html

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 04:18 PM

Hello... I recently purchased a new video card as well and I was unsure of which card I had.. But if you open up your computer you can check what you have on ur motherboard. On my computer, just below the brown slot it said in small letters AGP so I knew i had an AGP slot.. the white slots below that said PCI 1, PCI 2, PCI 3 (It's hard to find and the print is small). So I am assuming the rest are just PCI slots.. Maybe if you check the same on ur computer you might find out if you have PCI Express, AGP or PCI. It worked for me.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 05:02 PM

Enos: My computer is not home built, here is a link to it's technical specifications:


http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/eMachines_T23...89.html?tag=sub

any help would be appreciated, as I have a hard time interpreting all the technical terms

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 05:38 PM

zachaser according to this page

http://www.emachines.com/support/upgrades.html

then Click Parts and Upgrades
then EMachines parts depot link
then search, select model,you'll see available upgrades for your machine, you have an AGP upgrade option
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Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:12 PM

Thanks everybody for the advice.

boopme: if I don't have AGP right now, what do I have? I was looking to buy an nvidia or an ATI video card, something compatible with DirectX9, and I need to know what the emachines T2341 currently has with it. Again, thanks for the help.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:35 PM

Your machine has integrated video,on board video. Please see the link I provided in earlier post.
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Posted 02 January 2006 - 12:19 AM

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Integrated video just means that your computer does not have an add on card, the video is built right into the motherboard. You can still use and add on card to upgrade your video, you will just have to go into setup and disable the "onboard" video that you are using now. Since you are using an E-Machine you are best off to use their add-on cards. They are way over priced I am sure. In theory you could use an AGP card purchased anywhere but if something goes wrong with your computer E-Machines will not support you at all. I had a LOT of problems with E-Machines and their parts people when working on peoples computers.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:22 PM

Hi, I'm new here, looking for the same answer. How can I tell if I have an AGP or PCI slot? I too, need a new video card.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:37 PM

:thumbsup: snooks
Can you tell us what type of machine ( make n model ) you have....motherboard, video card ??

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 08:26 AM

Hi, well, I read a post that said that you could read PCI or AGP near the slots and I looked. There is a green slot that says AGP and 2 white slots that say PCI. I have a Dell Dimension 4600, Intel Integrated Graphics card, Pentium 4, Windows XP Home. I didn't think I could have both. Which type card should I get? I am thinking AGP. My son got the Lego Star Wars game, that is why I need to get a new card. One that supports Pixel Shading.

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 08:51 AM

Hi, I've narrowed it down to either eVGA e-GeForce FX5500 256 MB AGP or ATI Radeon 9200 128 MB AGP 8X. Any thoughts?? It is still alittle annoying that one game(and a sad kid) makes me spend almost an added $100!

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 10:12 AM

I personally prefer nVidia over ATI - but others will disagree.

I think that either will do for you - but if the kid gets hooked on video games you'll be upgrading again soon.

Look for hardware supporting DirectX 9.0c Generally, the extra that you'll spend for 256 mB of memory (vs 128 mB) isn't worth the cost.
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