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I have a Pentium 4 PC with Windows Vista RC1 installed.  The Vista Upgrade Advisor indicates the current integrated Intel Graphics adapter will not fully support the Windows Aero feature.

The PC has two available PCI slots.  From the Vista website I am finding a fairly long list of adapters that are Vista compatible but they all require AGP or PCI Express slots.

What can I do to upgrade to Vista-capable graphics hardware?

Thanks for your help.
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by:Mark
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What  motherboard are we dealing with here.
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You can already run Vista [which you know, since you're doing it :-) ] ... you just can't run the Aero ("Glass") interface.   Although Microsoft recommends a minimum of an AGP 4X card, you CAN run the Aero interface a PCI card as long as you have Direct-X 9 and Pixel Shader 2 support.   This would do nicely:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103016
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Typo alert !!  (my fingers are too fast sometimes) ==> "... run the Aero interface a PCI card ..."  should be "... run the Aero interface with a PCI card ..."
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HI crm-serv

Under the system requirements for vista
"Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)2, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel."

It looks like the best product that would give you the top performance for your desktop is  the geforce 5500
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1520540&Tab=0&NoMapp=0

The video card is listed here
http://www.nvidia.com/page/technology_vista_home.html

Good luck
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A GEForce 5500 will work ... but is nowhere near the GPU that an X1300 is.   I'd avoid GEForce 5200, 5500, and Radeon 9250 cards (the most common PCI cards) => you want as much "horsepower" as you can get if you're going to run Aero.
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Thanks to everyone for the help with this.  I ordered the X1300.
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You're welcome.
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