What is video card upgrade?

Question

Tried to upgrade the video on my 1999 Gateway (P III, 450 MHz, AGP 1x/2x) from an older (Xpert99/2000) to a more recent ATI Rage 128 (Rage 128 Ultra).

Following the instructions from the ATI website, I removed the old ATI drivers (Add/Remove Programs) and installed the driver for the newer card.

The max resolution I achieved was 640x480 with 16 colors, despite the fact the both the card and the drivers where recognized by the system. Although the display settings let me set the resolution to a higher value (albeit with a maximum of 256 colors), the screen remained at 640x480 after restarting the system.

When I swapped the old card back, the screen resolution stayed the same after

- installing the original driver from the system CD-ROM

-downloading the most recent driver for the Xpert 99/2000

Being stubborn, I bought a modest GeForce equipped card (GeForce 2 64MB AGP 4x/2x), installed it and the drivers and got the same results.

After a couple of long nights downloading drivers and rebooting, I am running out of ideas. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer

This question was answered on July 20, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Based on the information you've provided me, it would appear the the video card you're trying to install(GeForce 2 64MB AGP 4x/2x) is not fully compatable with your motherboard Your motherboard only supports AGP 1x/2x, and your trying to install an AGP 2x/4x video card on it Although the card will fit, it will not produce the desired graphics

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Posted by adam of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on July 20, 2005