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 Post subject: Old video card question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:35 pm 
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I have a Dell XPS 700 and the video card fan is squealing and on it's way out. I have an old video card that Dell sent me years ago as a replacement and I only used one and didnt use the second one. The video card has very few markings on it and the search of the numbers brings up a dell site with very little information. Since I am bored and at work I dont have the numbers off the card.
I will need the correct drivers for the card and I want to know if I can I plug the card in and will Windows update recognize the card and recommend the correct update. I am running Win 7. I have had the machine 6 years and I cant remember all of the specifics of what card came with the machine and I dont even remember why Dell sent me the replacement cards. It's hell getting old.


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 Post subject: Re: Old video card question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:23 pm 
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Do you have a question?

Obviously your Chiefs got thumped, but that was over 4 hours ago...so it's time to put down the Bud Light!


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 Post subject: Re: Old video card question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:29 pm 
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I will need the correct drivers for the card and I want to know if I can I plug the card in and will Windows update recognize the card and recommend the correct update


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 Post subject: Re: Old video card question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:54 pm 
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yes windows will recognize the card and install some generic drivers.

once you know what the card is..i would go to the manufacturing website..(be it Nvidia or Amd) and download the drivers from there.

i prefer Nasty's method of installing Vid drivers..been doing it that way for yrs:D

i once had a XPS 710..had the 6yr warranty..glad i did..around yr 4 the mobo died..they shipped me a crappy Alienware Aurora.

i was done with OEM pc's from then on,and lovin my builds.

P.S. i would stick whatever vid card you have for that P.O.S..cuz you really can't upgrade..i tried from an 8800GTX SLI to like a GT 450,and it was a no go!

and the upgrade was thru Dell!..they said it would work!..dumbasses!

the card(s) just wouldn't work..over heat like a mofo,and shitty framerates.

ok sorry..rant over..i just dislike Dell for anything gaming.


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 Post subject: Re: Old video card question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:23 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. I will give it a try in the morning. Dell doesnt give a damn, as soon as they make a build it is forgotten when the new model comes out. I need to get over the shakes and try my own build. Overall it has been a good machine for me and what I do. Thanks again


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 Post subject: Re: Old video card question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:36 pm 
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let us know how it works out for you.

me and a slew of other people here can help you out.

i'm sure we've all owned an OEM pc at one time or another..for damn sure we fix them on a daily basis.

IMHO a Dell pc is NOT good for gaming..your upgrades are so limited..atleast with the XPS 700/710/720 series pc's..with their BTX mobo's.

i paid over 6k for my 710,and on a warranty they sent me a $1200 P.O.S..so called Alienware.


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 Post subject: Re: Old video card question
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:09 pm 
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That's a damn shame! I remember when Alienware was cutting edge and was truly first class stuff! Dell makes some good hardy machines that seem to be fine for most users, but I prefer to build my own machines because the motherboards that I use are not so proprietary and their BIOSes are not "dumbed down" to the point of being useless.


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 Post subject: Re: Old video card question
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:52 am 
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the only oem I have had is a trash 80, it was the first and last, 7,000 including printer, dot matrix, I think it was a 12 pin, do not remember, oh well, more than 30 years ago.


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