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Intel G41 Express chipset

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My computer refuses to show the full, 3D version of Google Maps,  According to Google's help page, all I need is the latest version of Chrome, and the latest driver for my display .  I have both, at least according to Device Manager for the driver.

I went to Intel's site to see if there's anything new for my adaptor.  Their analysis tool told me there is, but since I have a "custom driver" from HP I need to get an update there.  HP's Support Assistant Tool tells me I have the latest graphics driver.

My question:  should I ignore Intel's advice and try to force their new driver?  Or is this G41 Express chipset just hopeless for the task of displaying Google Maps in 3D?

Any wisdom would be gratefully accepted.

CW

Computer:
HP P6750F - 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium
4.00 gb ram
Processor Pentium dual-core E6700 @ 3.20 ghz
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by:Dan Craciun
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I don't think any driver will help you in this.

The GMA 4500 you have on your desktop is a basic video card, good for office work and the occasional Youtube video, but severely limited on it's 3D capabilities.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Charlie Weston
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Is there a cheap card I could buy to put in the machine?

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by:Dan Craciun
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Depends on the definition of cheap and your location.

For about $100 you can get a Radeon 7770 (or rebranded as R7 250X) and it's a fantastic card for that money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202084

If it's too much, you can get a basic R7 240 for about $70.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202056

A lower card than that and you won't have much of an upgrade over your current setup.
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by:Charlie Weston
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Guess I'm just going to put up with Google Maps in2D!!
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by:Charlie Weston
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What do you think of the Asus ATI Radeon HD6450 Silence 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI Low Profile PCI-Express Video Card - EAH6450 SILENT/DI/1GD3(LP)?

Theyt have it on Amazon.com for $34.79.

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It is an improvement over your current setup.

In Amazon they also have this R7 240, for $48.99: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11216-01-20G/dp/B00FLMKHLO/ref=sr_1_16?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1395374788&sr=1-16
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by:Charlie Weston
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You think the R7 240 is worth $15 more (counting shipping)?
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IMO, yes.
The R7 has faster memory (GDDR5 vs DDR3), 128bit memory bus (vs 64 bit) and supports higher resolutions.

The only reason I would consider the 6450 is if I wanted a passive cooled video card.
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