Advice on upgrading a video card // and will I then find I need a new sound card?
Posted on 2004-10-17
I have an older Gateway computer, Pentium III, 450 Mhz, with a 3Dfx Voodoo Banshee card with 16 MB of RAM.
I hardly ever play video games, but just got one for my birthday that I'd like to play.
It won't load because of the video display adapter, and the small print on the game package notes minimum requirements below - only relevant items copied here:
Video Card: 32 MB DirectX 9.0b compliant video card required (see supported list*)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0b compliant sound device
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (included on disk)
* Supported video cards at the time of release:
Nvidia Geforce 2/3/4/FX/6 Families
ATI Radeon 7000/8000/9000 families
Matrox 400-450 and Parhelia
Hercules Kyro I & II
Intel Extreme Graphics Controller (All other Intel chipsets not supported)
So ... a two questions and background...
I upgraded my hard drive a while back, so though not a professional, I can do basic repairs myself.
1) Which of the above video cards would be a low-cost solution - and about how much should I expect to spend, and how easy is it to switch out my video driver? If I have a choice, is there any reason to get more than the 32 MB of video RAM? Alternatively is there a software solution to this? I installed an updated driver for my Banshee, but it didn't make a difference.
In case it's of interest, I have a 1-year old Logisys, 17" video display - CRT // not flat panel.
2) Assuming I get a new video card, will I then find that I need a Sound Card? I currently have a several years old Creative SoundBlaster card. Details from system information is below:
Name Creative AudioPCI (ES1371,ES1373) (WDM)
Manufacturer Creative Technology Ltd.
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1274&DEV_1371&SUBSYS_8054107B&REV_04\3&61AAA01&0&60
I/O Port 0x0000FF00-0x0000FF3F
IRQ Channel IRQ 10
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\es1371mp.sys (5.1.3612.0 built by: WinDDK, 39.88 KB (40,832 bytes), 6/3/2002 11:18 AM)
Name Creative SB Live! Value (WDM)
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1102&DEV_0002&SUBSYS_80221102&REV_07\3&61AAA01&0&70
I/O Port 0x0000FF80-0x0000FF9F
IRQ Channel IRQ 10
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\emu10k1m.sys (5.12.01.3300 built by: WinDDK, 277.63 KB (284,288 bytes), 6/12/2002 9:46 AM)
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