An expansion card inserted into a motherboard for rendering graphics with enhanced performance over integrated graphics solutions.

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Will a regular PCI Express card work in a “PCI Express x16 Graphics (PEG)” slot?

I have a Shuttle SG31G2 that has an Intel G31/ICH7 chipset, one PCI slot, and one 16x PCI Express slot. I want to add a better gigabit NIC to it, and the PCI slot is already in use by a SATA card. ...
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Help in diagnosing what's wrong with my computer

I have a DELL XPS 1710. Yesterday night while I was doing nothing special (browsing the web and chatting on the IM, it all of a sudden froze. I restarted it and now the screen is filled with green ...
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Intel hd or Mobility Radeon? [closed]

I have decided to get a new Dell Studio 15 laptop. They have an option of adding a "ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4570, 512MB" card for an extra $100 instead of the included "Intel HD Graphics" card. How ...
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Will a PCI-E V2.0 Graphics Card work with a PCI-E V1.0 Motherboard?

If I buy a PCI-E v2.0 graphics card (Nvidia Geforce GTX 275) will it work correctly and to the full potential with my PCI-E v1.0 motherboard (Asus P5B-Deluxe) ?
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Choppy CSS3 animations in all browsers on yoga pro 2

This might seem as a broad question because I don't know where to start. When I compare the same CSS3 animations between my old Lenovo Yoga 13 and my new Lenovo Yoga 2 pro, my old laptop performs much ...
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How can I get my dual monitors to work in Windows 7, after no online solutions work?

I will start by saying this is the first time I have tried to perform this particular task, however, I am an IT professional, and I do know my way around a computer. The problem is I can't "extend" ...
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How to find out the amount of system memory allocated for the video card?

From the NVIDIA Control Panel: Total available graphics memory: 3839 MB Dedicated video memory: 256 MB DDR2 System video memory: 64 MB Shared system memory: 3519 MB From dxdiag: Display Memory: ...
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Multiple graphics card outputs?

It's been some time I've actually brought a graphics card and it appears the day when they came with 1 or maybe 2 if you wanted VGA connectors has passed, with most offering DVI-I and HDMI 1.3 and in ...
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Video cards and PCI-e slots

Do all PCI-e video cards require a PCI-ex16 slot to work? If not, what video cards don't require a full speed x16 slot? Note: I'm referring only to new video cards, I am not talking about old AGP or ...
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Second video card (PCI) under Windows 7

I'm trying to get an old PCI video card (Diamond Stealth 2500) along with a normal PCI-E video card. In BIOS, there is a setting to switch between PEG/PCI or PCI/PEG on startup (PEG is PCI-E ...
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2560 x 1440 Resolution: is Mini DisplayPort or HDMI better?

My first foray beyond 1080p begins today. Should I use HDMI or DisplayPort to connect my new laptop to my monitor? If I have both cables, which will allow me to maximize my graphics experience? ...
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Multiple video cards on Windows 7

I've got an Nvidia Geforce 9500GT and am thinking of buying an ATI Radeon HD 4850. I have two PCI-Express slots. Would I be able to run these cards simultaneously on Windows 7? I want to also be ...
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Graphics card fan too loud

I'm beginning to notice that the fan on my graphics card is too loud. I messed with things today and accidentally forgot to plug the fan back in. (I was wondering how my computer became silent.) ...
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Does a modern PC require a graphics card to run?

As I can remember, on old systems (Pentium II or III) it was not possible to boot and run the PC if the graphics card was missing (AGP cards were used in those days). Many years from then, I'm ...
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A PCI Express 3.0 Video Card into a PCI-E 1.0 x16 slot

Perhaps I'm trying to push my mobo too hard, but I think I have read that PCI-e 3.0 is back compatible to previous PCI-e specifications. But 3.0 into a 1.0, is it possibly asking too much? I'm ...
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Does duplicating monitors lower frame rate?

If I was to duplicate my monitor with another, will I lose frame rate when I play games? By duplicating, I mean going into display settings, and duplicating – not extending – Monitor 1 on Monitor 2.
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How to cool my extremely hot video card?

Some background: I have had my computer for over 2 years. After I tried to clean it, my CPU started to go over 80ºC idle. I managed to reduce it to 60ºC and used it for a long time, almost 9 months, ...
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Over/underclock 5870 on linux without limits?

I want to downclock my Ati Radeon HD5870's memory to 300Mhz and overclock it's core frequency to 930Mhz. I can do this on windows using Ati Tray Tools. On linux, the only way to do this so far has ...
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Dual monitors and graphic card performance

If we use dual monitors, does it consume more graphic card's power? In other words: if we use a single monitor, will the graphic processing performance be better than dual one?
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Is a good graphics card important for remote desktop?

I'm trying to pick a laptop for working from home, where I'll be using remote desktop to connect to my machine at work. How important is it to have a good graphics card on the client machine (the ...
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Graphics card causing interference in Headphones

On my computer, when I plug my headphones into my rear headphone port I get great sound quality but when using the more accessible front panel headphone port I get a lot of interference. After a bit ...
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Is there such a thing as a video card capable of Deep Color?

I know there are video cards that display True Color (24 bit color), but are there any video cards that display Deep Color (30, 36 and 48 bit color)? Further-more are there any display devices that ...
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Where can one find quickly what is the maximum resolution that a graphics card supports?

I'm in the process of replacing two home laptops that have gotten weary with age, with rather simple/cheap desktop computers. Both laptops were unique that they were used in combination with external ...
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Do high-end graphics cards raise your electricity bill by much?

I currently own an Radeon HD 5570 graphics card which "supposedly" consumes a very small amount of power. The problem is that it stutters during some games and movies. My machine is an Intel quad core ...
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Kill overscan for ATI drivers?

I have a dual-boot Windows 7 64 bit/Linux 64 bit machine that uses ATI's Catalyst drivers. Sometimes I attach it to a 1080p LCD TV over HDMI. ATI is daft enough to provide a border to account for ...
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How do I run the integrated video adaptor alongside the GPU on a Ivy Bridge system?

I've got an Asus P8Z77 motherboard with a core i3775 processor, and a Geforce 660 video card. I'm running Windows 8. While I primarily use the latter, there's situations where I want to use the ...
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I set a frequency too high for my monitor. How can I get it back to normal?

I have a Geforce 8500GT on my PC, and I made the stupid mistake of setting it to a higher frequency than my monitor can manage. It boots up and it shows me this… and that's all. I can't do ...
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ATI Firepro v4800 3 monitor support

I have an interesting, yet very frustrating problem. I have two computers, both running win7 32 bit, and both with ATI Firepro V4800 graphics cards. Both are using the DVI port and two DP to DVI ...
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3 Monitors on Sapphire Radeon HD 6870

I've got a decent machine, 8 GB RAM, good motherboard etc and an Radeon HD6870 GC. I'm desperately trying to run three monitors on the card. The card has 1 HDMI, 2 DVI and 2 Mini DisplayPorts. The set ...
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How do I know if I have KMS enabled?

How can I check if KMS is enabled in my kernel? I've compiled mine with KMS radeon modeset defaulting to 1, but I still suspect that it is not enabled. EDIT: aatiis@aiur ~ $ dmesg | grep drm [drm] ...
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2011 MacBook Pro and Discrete Graphics Card

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 memory) running OS 10.8.2. It has two graphics components: an AMD Radeon HD 6750M and a built-in Intel HD Graphics 3000. ...
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Setting the Graphics Card in Ubuntu on MacBook Pro

I recently upgraded to OSX Lion and it destroyed my logic board. I am forced to set the graphics card to integrated only using an application called gfxCardStatus. I now have the same problem on ...
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Red Shading On my LCD screen, red lines only on black color (see pic), help

There are red lines all over when there is something black on my desktop LCD screen. Is this a problem with my LCD or my Graphics Card or something. I have Inter G33/G31 Express Chipset Family ...
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What is the difference between a “Professional 2D” and a “Mid-range 3D” graphics card?

I am looking at purchasing a workstation from Dell and am a little confused by the graphic card options. They are mostly Quadros, which I have no experience with. One grouping is a "Professional 2D" ...
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Can an onboard laptop graphics card be replaced with an external one?

I have had a Dell D630 laptop for a long time. Suddenly the graphics card began to over-heat and the screen got a pink color. After a while the monitor didn't show anything. Right now, when I turn ...
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How do I change the color vibrance/saturation with Intel graphics on my laptop?

The nVidia control panel has an option to adjust the saturation and other properties of the image shown on the screen. Is there any way to do this with the Intel Graphics driver? My laptop model is a ...
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Use of second monitor in an Intel GMA HD graphics card

I'm considering acquiring this laptop, which has an Intel GMA HD graphics card (a cheap pseudo-gpu), a HDMI port, and top resolution of 1600x900. I have a 1920x1080, 23.3 inches, monitor that I'd ...
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What is “switchable graphics cards” in laptops?

I'm looking around for laptops and I've seen some "switchable graphics" in the graphics cards. What does this "switchable" apply to? Before anyone points out this question: What is switchable ...
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tool to find out which video card is installed on my system?

is there one for Win XP? dxdiag, msinfo, etc do not show anything but 'generic VGA'
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Is buying 3 cheap graphics cards better than a single high end card?

I am thinking of building my own desktop computer, and I was wondering whether buying 2 or 3 low end graphics cards and running them in SLI would be faster than buying 1 high end graphics card. If ...
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Power supply issue? New Radeon5850's fan runs at full speed and PC doesn't boot

I recently bought a new ASUS EAH5850 graphics board. I installed it a custom PC which had an ASUS p5n-e SLI mobo along with a 500w Thermaltake W0093RU power supply. Sometimes when doing a cold ...
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Can I watch 3D movies on my TV if my graphics card doesn't support it?

I have a 3D TV (which support "2D to 3D", "Side By Side", "Top and Down"). I use an HDMI cable (3D supported 1.4) to connect my TV to the PC. My PC doesn't have a graphics card capable of outputting ...
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What is the difference between DVI-I and DVI-D

What is the difference between DVI-I and DVI-D? Which one is better? If I buy a video card, which type is advisable to buy? Very rarely I have even seen DVI-A. Where does that fit in?
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How do I adjust display contrast and brightness in Ubuntu?

How can I adjust the contrast and brightness of a monitor in Ubuntu if the drivers are just for Windows? Is there software that can do it without having to use the graphic drivers?
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What specs must a graphics card have to power a 5K monitor?

I'm interested in purchasing a Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (UP2715K), but while looking for graphics cards to buy, I'm unsure how I could determine whether they support a resolution of ...
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Determining Intel HD graphics-adapter specifications

I’m about to purchase a new laptop and one of the things I will use it for is 3D modeling and rendering; not heavy animation stuff, but more Sketchup architectural models and Artlantis renderings. ...
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Can a graphics card (Nvidia) be added to a laptop?

My Laptop has Intel integrated graphics. Is it possible to buy an Nvidia graphics card and add it in a laptop? I'm not sure if there will be additional slots in a laptop. Lenovo - Y410
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Is GPU active when there are not any monitors?

Today I turned an old PC into some kind of a "server", which means that I want to leave it running 24/7. I don't need any display as I will use the machine via ssh so when everything was set up I ...
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Using laptop vga port, misunderstanding

I'm wondering if a VGA Monitor connected to the laptop, will act exactly as the inbuilt monitor? More specifically: I have the monitor connected to the laptop via VGA port. I Start the laptop. On ...
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Graphics freeze whenever hard drive is accessed

Any time I'm playing a game (and even sometimes just using desktop programs), whenever the game accesses the hard drive the graphics freeze. Sometimes the audio stutters, most other times it doesn't. ...