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

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How can I enable onboard graphics AND dedicated card simultaneously?

My PC (Compaq Presario) has an onboard Intel 3100 which is pretty lame wbut would be useful for testing on, or a 3rd monitor. I've then got a nVidia PCIx card installed. I can't seem to find a way to ...
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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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How can I test my GPU memory/RAM? [duplicate]

I run MemTest86 a lot at work on customer's machines, and it's great for troubleshooting memory issues. My question is, how can I test that a GPU is starting to go? I know of programs like 3DMark to ...
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Is it possible to upgrade the graphics card in modern laptops?

As there's no definitive answer to this, and I would prefer not to be too specific about particular models, what are the things that determine whether this is possible or not? What expansion slots ...
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Converting DisplayPort and/or HDMI to DVI-D?

Newer Radeon video cards come with four ports standard: DVI (x2) HDMI DisplayPort If I want to run three 24" monitors, all of which are DVI only, from this video card -- is it possible to ...
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How can I use a DVI splitter cable on 1 DVI port?

I have a GTX 275 video card with 2 DVI ports. I already run 2 monitors, but I've seen cables that plug into one DVI port and split into 2 more connectors. Is there some special trick to getting this ...
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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 the Radeon HD 5450 support three displays?

I know that ATI.com says that the Radeon HD 5450 supports three displays. My question is, how does it support three displays without DisplayPort? I see only VGA, HDMI, and DVI on 5450s.
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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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How can I detect the model of my graphics card?

I know of many ways to get a rough idea of my graphics card model. Here are two examples (instructions for Windows 7): Method 1 1) Click start 2) Type dxdiag and press enter 3) Go to the Display ...
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What are the Requirements for Fullscreen Consoles in Windows 7?

When you try to switch a console to fullscreen in Windows 7, it gives the error This system does not support fullscreen mode. Of note is the part about “this system”, intimating that some systems do ...
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Maximum number of monitors Win 7 Supports?

I want to set up a system with (9) monitors arranged in a 3x3 grid. Is this configuration possible with Windows 7? Does it max out at a set number of monitors? Any suggestions about known working ...
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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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How to install AMD driver for ATI Dynamic Switchable Graphics in Windows 7?

I have a ATI Dynamic Switchable Graphics on a HP Pavilion g7 (hp pavilion g7-1246ef). I had some graphics problems with this VGA card in Linux and I found (here) that I have this double-VGA type of ...
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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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AMD Graphics Drivers won't install properly

Windows 8 x64 I have an MSI Frozr II AMD Radeon 7850 2GB. I bought it maybe about two weeks ago and upon installing it I've been having problems with the HDMi audio from it. I have another question ...
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Alternative power source for graphics card

I recently purchased an XFX Radeon HD 6870 graphics card for my Dell Server Workstation, but when I brought it home and unpackaged it to put it into my computer, I noticed it required 2 6-pin ...
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External video card for notebook?

I'd like to hook an external monitor to my notebook as I need a higher resolution (1680x1050). My notebook supports that resolution (via analog vga out) but the quality is pretty awful - there are ...
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Can I force my laptop to use NVIDIA instead of Intel?

I have a Dell N5110 laptop with integrated Nvidia GeForce GT 525M and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 card; My problem is the default card is the Intel one, and it provides a very bad performance with ...
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Does Windows 7 support multiple simultaneous nVidia graphics cards with different drivers?

On one of my dev machines at work (currently running XP), I have two nVidia graphics cards: Quadro NVS 440 (my original card, for my three primary monitors) GeForce GTX 275 (just added, for CUDA ...
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Windows 7 x64 support for Intel GMA 3650 (or GMA 3600)

I recently purchased an Intel D2700 MUD motherboard and I cannot find drivers for the Win7 x64 integrated graphics (Intel GMA 3650 aka PowerVR sgs545). The accompanying CD contains Win7 x32 version ...
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How can I determine and set my primary graphics card?

I have a Lenovo W520 laptop with two graphics cards: I think Windows 7 (64 bit) is using my Intel graphics card ₃ which I think is integrated — because I have a low graphics rating in ...
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Howto increase the maximum resolution of the Standard VGA Graphics Adapter of Windows 7

This driver comes with Windows 7, but it allows a maximium of 1024x768 resolution. How could I increase this value to 1280x800? Is it posible to modify - hack - tweak - recompile this driver? The ...
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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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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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can a video card 'silently' fail?

I've been running a asus gforce 8800 gts 320mb on my desktop, and apparently there was a sudden failure. I'm getting no output from it, but the system seems to have booted up - since i can hear sound ...
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Can I run 3 monitors with onboard plus discrete graphics card?

I have an ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 motherboard with ATI Radeon HD 4250 on board graphics. I'm currently running a 2 monitor setup using the VGA and DVI connections on the motherboard. I want to add a ...
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Video drivers for VAIO on Windows 7

So, ive just installed Windows 7 on my Sony VAIO vgn-sz5xn. Problem is that I cant find drivers for my graphics card - NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 GPU Tried latest driver found on ...
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How does the CPU and GPU interact in displaying computer graphics?

Here you can see a screenshot of a small C++ program called Triangle.exe with a rotating triangle based on the OpenGL API. Admittedly a very basic example but I think it's applicable to other ...
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How can I get multiple video cards to work on linux?

I installed fedora 12. I have 2 ATI cards that I used to use on windows to run 4 monitors. A recurring problem has been to get them detected in linux. Only my secondary card is picked up linux. When ...
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How to Use 3 Monitors

Right now my setup has a nice big 24" flatscreen in the center with a 19" flatscreen to the left. But I have a big gaping hole on the right. I have a 3rd monitor to put there, but I'm not sure how to ...
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Why do workstation graphics cards cost far more than equivalent consumer graphics cards?

An Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti costs $700, while a Quadro K6000 costs $4000—yet they use the same underlying GK110 core! The same can be said for other workstation GPUs from both Nvidia and AMD. ...
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Black screen after logging in to Windows Vista

I have the following: OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit (with SP2) Videocard: nVidia GeForce 8400M GS I was having some other issues with my videocard, so I went to nVidia's website and ...
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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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How much power do video cards use after Windows turns your display off?

Modern video cards seem to use 150-200 Watts at idle. Does this mean that this is the minimum power the video card will ever draw while your computer is on? It's clear that if you are sitting at the ...
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Windows 8.1 triple monitors - can't enable all 3 at the same time

Today decided to update from Win8 Pro to Win8.1. Everything was fine with enabled 3 monitors (Extended mode, not Eyefinity) at the same time. But after update can't enable 3d monitor, only 2 could be ...
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At what working temperatures will my gpu not only survive, but have a long healthy life

There are plenty of questions about what a safe gpu temperature is, but these seem focused on what temperatures a gpu will survive at in the short term, regardless of whether it may shorten the cards ...
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How to stop switchable graphics from switching to high-power GPU when charging the laptop?

I've an Acer laptop with Windows 7 64 bit and an ATI Radeon HD 6550M Graphics card. Whenever I connect the power to charge the battery it automatically switches to the high-power GPU (ATI) instead of ...
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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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8400GS causes BSOD in Acer M1610 running Windows 7 32-bit

Title says it all, just installed the Nvidia card, I know this is a driver related issue I just don't know how to fix it I cannot find a driver version that will work not even the one that windows ...
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Do I need a video card?

I plan on building a computer with Intel Xeon E3 1231v3 which has no GPU: Graphics Specifications Processor Graphics: None on a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard which has an onboard ...
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How does a computer tell a video card what to display?

How does a computer communicate pixel values to the screen? Is there a certain command in the processor's instruction set architecture, that will make the processor communicate directly to the ...
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Making full use of memory on graphic cards

Onboard graphics cards often reserve some of the system main memory for their own use. For a computer with a separate graphics card which has its own memory, is this possible that some of it be ...
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Overclocking GPU

I am running a AMD Radeon HD 3650 Graphics Card. My Graphics Card Software (Catalyst) came with overclocking software to overclock my GPU. I have a few questions though: How bad for my GPU is ...
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Use the on-board and the add-in video card at the same time?

I have an on-board NVIDIA video card (Analog connector) and an add-on video Radeon video card (Dual DVI connector). Can I use both at the same time? The goal is to have 3 monitors in this ...
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Do I need the same brand of video card to Crossfire?

I've got an XFX 5850, and I'd like to get another to do Crossfire. Does this second card need to be an XFX or is any 5850 fine? The Sapphires, for example, are much cheaper.
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How to see the specifications of my Graphics Card before installing drivers in Windows 7?

I have a ATI/AMD Dynamic Switchable Graphics on a HP Pavilion g7 (hp pavilion g7-1246ef). This computer came with a pre-installed Windows 7 64 bit OS. For some reason I had to use the Windows 7 ...
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How can I tell if a laptop's video card can be upgraded? [closed]

Some laptops have integrated video, while others have dedicated graphics. Still others have dual graphics that change on demand. Most laptops have the video components built into the design of the ...
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Graphics card failure, anything I could try

My gaming PC has decided to die, it's not the first time but usually a quick ATX reset brings it back to life. Today it didn't. I disconnect all unessasary devices so I've only got the case button / ...
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Can I use 4 monitors with 2 SLI cards

I'm doing some research for my next build and I came up across a couple questions that I can't seem to find the answer for on google (I get different answers from each link) So. If I have enough money ...