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what graphics card is this?

hi my brother got this card for me off one of his mates, his mate said he bought it about 1 month ago, but now doesnt need it, coz he's got a new computer, i need the drivers for this aswell as knowing what the name of the card is etc.

here are some pix -

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/manutd4ever/6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/manutd4ever/5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/manutd4ever/4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/manutd4ever/3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/manutd4ever/1.jpg


any help on this would be nice. cheers

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rindiCommented:
These pictures don't really help in identifying the card. They are unclear with no detail and too small. Can you look for some kind of part number or number, and maybe manufacturer name printed on the board itself?
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
hmm it says somethig like ATi Rage on it, Gigabyte technology or summat
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MadhusudanbanikCommented:
Try the link below to get the driver

There are three products you can try all the three one by one or something like that :

https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&folderID=27
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
thanks for the link, cheking out the manual now, was searching for some pix on google and found one that looks like mine.


http://www.binhminh.com.vn/binhminh/vie/item_detail.asp?cat_id=140&item_id=572

is this it?
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MadhusudanbanikCommented:
Just saw the pictures of other model and this one seems to be match pics that you have posted.

So i think we can safely assume that you have ATI Rage 128 Pro Video Card.

Go ahead and download the drivers.

Happy gaming and browsing
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
errm where do i get the drivers from? im a novice...
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
ps  - is it a crap card?
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rindiCommented:
From the link mad sent you, or check the ati site directly:

http://ati.com

It is a standard Graphics card and OK for normal PC use. For gaming it probably isn't the best.
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
been on the site? too many graphics cards! Ati this, Ati that!

help!!
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WatzmanCommented:

You need to understand the difference between the board and the chip that is used on the board.  The board is Gigabyte, I can see their logo.  That doesn't address what the chip is, however, and the chip is covered by a heatsink.  From just looking at the board, to me, if it's an ATI chip, it looks newer than a Rage family chip, which would be quite old.  It looks, just from the layout of parts on the board, more like a Radeon family chip, but since there is no video chip fan, it would be an early one, perhaps a 7000 series chip.

The point being, however, that the drivers can be dependent on both the chip and the board, and that even if it's an ATI chip, if it's on a Gigabyte board, the drivers from the ATI web site may not work.  You would need to get the drivers from the gigabyte web site.

Windows XP has built-in generic chip-level drivers for all of the ATI chips, so if you install it under XP, it will probably be auto detected and proper drivers installed.  Further, you could then go into device manager or display properties and it would tell you what the board was (or at least which drivers it was using).

The pictures are not very good quality, but Gigabyte doesn't make that many video cards.  I have a feeling that if you go to the Gigabyte web site, you may be able to identify the card.  Also, although they are not even close to being visible in the photo, there is a good chance that there are some part or model numbers on the board that identify the Gigabyte model number.
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
wow! you know your stuff!

yeah, i intstalled the card yesterday, but didnt have any drivers for it, so win xp (prof) just used 'generic' drivers or something. cant really remember.



sorry about the quality of the pix, i used my camera phone.
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MadhusudanbanikCommented:
It does not have a fan but it does have a heat sink which is certainly better than fan and more latest( so i may believe your friend that its fairly new)

Follow the link, click on the Operating system that you have, (most probably XP, so go ahead and click on that). After that click on the link for 'RAGE' -> and then click on the link under Rage 128 Pro for 'Windows Xp Display driver'

Best of luck
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rindiCommented:
You could try everest from http://www.lavalys.com which might be able to identify the card and the drivers you need.
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
i have Sandra installed and that couldnt tell me, probably coz i havent installed the drivers.
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MadhusudanbanikCommented:
Yes the link would be the one that you have mentioned in the post
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
cheers.

i think you all deserve some points.
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
wont let me split 150points 3 ways.

so i guess its you then Madhusudanbanik
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MadhusudanbanikCommented:
Callandor if he never comes back again to split the point then what?
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J-A-LCommented:
Kind of looks like an older ATI Radeon 7000 Rard or so.  By the color I would think it's probably a powercolor model or something.

Jeff
at yourtechonline.com
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BILJAXCommented:
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
lol, im back folks! i downloaded the drivers from Ati site, took it home, and it says its wrong product or something (cant really remember, all i know is its not a 128 pro etc)
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
BILJAX, i think your right! where can i get the drivers from?
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
lol, im on that site now, just downloaded this driver, is it the right one?


https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&folderID=27
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BILJAXCommented:
yes
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
positive? it cant be anything else?

coz' i'll download other drivers, and try them out to.
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BILJAXCommented:
Since we have blurry pictures to go on, that would be our (this thread) best guess I think.



AC
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
hmmm, what about what Watzman said earlier on in the thread, the card being made from Giga byte technology? can i get the drivers from there? how old is this card? coz i cant find it on their site.
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
i just remembered something, on one of the black chip like things it said Ati Rage theatre - is this helpful?
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
my college wont allow me access to that site.
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rindiCommented:
Rage suggests it is using the ati rage chip, and not the radeon, which is much more modern. The problem with rage was that there were so many different versions...
You might just have to try all the drivers for the rage 128 chip you can download from the ati site.

Or try the following drivers from the giga-byte site:

http://tw.giga-byte.com/VGA/Support/Driver/Driver_RAGE128Pro.htm

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besthelpAuthor Commented:
which one do i download from the gigabyte site?
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rindiCommented:
The one for your OS, XP. There are two which include XP so download both, but startoff with trying the one which is only for XP (I think version 6.6). The other one is probably the original disk which came with the board, but that won't be the current driver.
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
ok, done.

now i just have to take them home and pray that it works.


i have the card installed on my pc, and it works, so what is the added advantage of having the drivers installed for it?
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rindiCommented:
If you have the correct drivers installed, you can use the card at the correct resolutions, and also with yll the features that the card has (usefull for gaming etc).

I thought it wasn't working properly, since you wewre asking this question?
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
well at first it was bad resolution etc, but now that the pc has extra ram freed up, it just feels a little more 'sluggish'.
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JamesHarrisonCommented:
Looks like a Geforce 5200.  It should tell you when the PC first POSTS anyway.
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WatzmanCommented:

"ATI Rage Theatre" is not the actual video chip, which I still think may be a Radeon.  The Theatre chip was used for video capture and DVD decoding.  But it's not the graphics processor.  It's a support chip, but not the GPU itself.

I suspect that if you install it on an XP system, you will get useable drivers "auto-installed" and you will be able to determine the video chip from control panel or display properties.
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rindiCommented:
Since it does seem to work with the standard XP installation, I would also use everest. With that it should be possible to find out exactly what driver is necessary

Download everest from here:

http://www.lavalys.com

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besthelpAuthor Commented:
Watzman, on the display properties/control panel, it just says video card, nothing else.

well im gonna try this everest rindi. i'll do a system report for ya.
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
well it was an ATI Radeon 9200!

erm Callandor could you please split the points, it wont work for me :-(, (was much easier on the old style board.


well im off to play Freelancer...


C ya!
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besthelpAuthor Commented:
thats ok with me boss!

go ahead give'em what they deserve! :-)

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