A card that fits into the motherboard to provide better graphics than can be delivered by the on-board graphics chip (if indeed there is one).

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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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Radeon 5830: How to get two monitors working?

Using Windows 7. I got a new Radeon HD 5830 video card with 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 DisplayPort. I'm trying to get two monitors working. First monitor connected to DVI port works. Second monitor ...
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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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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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Turn Windows 7 desktop into grayscale

Is there a universal way to turn Windows 7 Aero desktop, all windows, etc into grayscale? I had an option to do this in Intel video drivers on my old laptop, now I have NVIDIA and don't know how to ...
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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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Debugging a “Somewhat” Faulty PC Component

TL;DR: I have a component that fails very infrequently, preventing my computer from POSTing (I am suspicious that this may be a motherboard issue). Since I cannot reliably reproduce this error, what ...
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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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If I have 2 Video cards in the same computer without SLI or Crossfire will it boost performance at all?

I have this motherboard with 2 PCI-E Graphics cards, apparently only one of them is actually x16 what ever that means. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2625#ov If I put the ...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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Does a graphics card have separate processers for internal and external displays?

I have a high end Dell Inspiron laptop with 1 GB ATI Radeon graphics card. Because of some problem, the LED screen of the laptop is malfunctioning -- it works sometimes, and other times it abruptly ...
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How many types of PCIe graphics card form factor?

How many types of sizes are there for the form factor of graphics card? I am refering to the L-shaped metal part that juts out from the casing, allowing external connection to the monitor. I have a ...
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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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How do I tell if my graphics card supports OpenGL 2.0?

I'm running 64-bit Ubuntu and completely new to linux. I'm using a game development library that requires OpenGL 2.0 and am having issues running it. A mod on that library's forum asked if my ...
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Integrated video card not detected after installing new video card

I got this emachines ET1331G-03W with a built in integrated video card (GeForce 6150SE). I added another video card (e-GeForece 6200 LE) in the hopes that I utilize both and have a dual monitor. But ...
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Can I use a USB monitor (like Mimo) as a primary monitor?

I have an old PC in the den without Video Card (I have to remove it after it start failing). I access it through Remote Desktop. I don't want to invest in a new video card since the PC is old. If I ...
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Is it safe to delete auto extracted old version graphics card drivers?

Just wanting to clean up a bit. Is it safe to delete these folders or do the graphics cards still use stuff from the old ones?
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How do I determine the amount of memory I should have on my next video card?

I have a dual monitor setup with both monitors in the 1600x1200 range and am running Windows 7. I don't do PC gaming, but do non-professional video editing (and viewing single-monitor full-screen ...
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Multi-monitor resolution and position settings lost after reboot

I've had two 1280x1024 monitors running for years on an nVidia 8800GT card with no problems. I've now replaced one monitor with a new 2560x1440 one. The card seems to support both fine, however every ...
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How do I disable hardware acceleration in Windows 7?

I am using Cubase 5 and currently having problems with Asio Time overload which is not enabling me to produce my work properly. I have tried all the relevant checks with my graphics card (such as ...
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How to limit the graphics card RAM?

I have used Video Memory Stress Test and found some problems in graphics card RAM. Sometimes in some applications and games, the graphics looks really weird. Changing the graphics card involves a lot ...
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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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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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ATI Radeon FPS drops

Problem For some reason my Radeon HD 5700 seems to suffer from FPS drops. 600W power supply should be enough The core temperature when the FPS dropped was ~53 C (127 F) The GPU utilization is ...
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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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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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Screen occasionally flashes black

A few months ago I bought myself a new computer. Since then the monitor have been occasionally flashing black for a second or so, and I've been looking for - and failing to find - a solution. Will ...
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What is causing sudden freezing during running real-time program?

So I run a high intensive (CPU/GPU) real-time program. During normal execution suddenly everything freezes for 1-4 seconds. I opened "Process Explorer" in the background to help gain insight and maybe ...
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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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What happens when you have two graphics cards in a computer

I want a three monitor setup. Two monitors on a fast powerful card and one monitor on a slower card. They are not linked together, no sli and all that. Can I run a game on all three monitors or will ...
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Options for laptop with burnt video card

So the graphics card on one of my laptops is officially dead. I'm currently using it as a web server, by logging in remotely to the machine whenever I have to configure something. Where I'm uncertain ...
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Can I run both a Quadro and GeForce video card at the same time?

I'd like to use a Quadro video card for some professional applications that I use, but I also like to play games, which would be better suited on a GeForce. Can I simply put 1 of each of these cards ...
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How do I fine-tune color temperature on my monitors?

Problem: I bought the same Monitor twice, one used, the other refurbished. Both are still fairly new and in very good condition. The color temperature of one tinges slightly but noticeably more into ...
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Is a positive, neutral or negative pressure airflow design preferred when using a single open cooled graphics card?

With a blower type graphics card, I don't think it matters very much whether you arrange the fans in your case to provide positive, neutral or negative pressure inside your case, since the blower ...
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Unable to get 2560 X 1440 resolution to work

Problem - I can't get 2560x1440 high resolution to work on my Dell 27" U2713HM Monitor. Details - I have a Dell E6520 LAPTOP running 64 bit Windows 8. The highest resolution on the laptop is ...
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Nvidia control panel alternative

There was a software which allows the user to edit per-executable nvidia settings and allows user to unlocks old applications to use the nvidia graphics instead of intel cpu. Can you give me names of ...
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Positioning triple slot graphics cards

If there are two gtx 570 dc ii's: On a Gigabyte z68x-ud7-b3 motherboard, in slots PCIe16_1 and PCIe8_2: Will the headers for front panel connections be blocked, or will there be enough flex in ...
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I have a radeon 6450 with 1 dvi port, but I need to be able to 2 monitors can this be done?

I am upgrading my video card which has a HDMI and DVI-I port according to the pin out on it, but a DVI to VGA adapter does not work, so I figure it has the DVI-I port, but it uses the DVI-d signal. I ...
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Which component causes my graphics driver to crash?

I recently reassembled my system , after getting replacement RAM, mobo and CPU from RMA. The computer ran fine - until I do something that utilizes graphics hardware spceifically, be it gaming or ...
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Is there a way to manually restart the graphics drivers in Windows XP?

When graphics drivers crash in XP, but don't cause a blue screen, windows starts a fallback driver (I think it's 640x480 in 4-bit color). When that happens, is there any way to cause the original ...
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What graphic card drivers to install in Ubuntu 10.04?

I have an ATI Mobility Radeon 4650 HD graphics card. And I have upgrated to Ubuntu 10.04 What drivers should I install for my graphics card?