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Well, I've been looking into upgrading my graphics card. Now, I have a Dell Dimension 8100. I have not upgraded anything. My question is, does the dell-issued motherboard support AGP? If so, what version? If it doesn't what all would I have to upgrade? I have opened my PC but I couldn't find any distinguishing marks. I couldn't find any information regarding the motherboard on the Dell support site. I currently have a GeForce 2 MX PCI (it says). I apologize for not taking this question to a hardware site, but the gamedev network has helped me greatly in the past. Any help would be great. Tim EDIT - Gamedev should have a hardware forum. =) [edited by - TThirion on June 2, 2003 6:14:52 PM]

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Open the box, and look for the grayish-white pci slots. There should be about 4. Then look for one that looks like a PCI slot, except is black and shifted over a bit (it''s directly above the PCI slots). If it''s there, you have an AGP slot.

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Yeah I have 4 PCI slots, and a black slot directly above
them and just to the right. However, my GeForce 2 is
currently in the slot and Windows is telling me that it''s
in PCI bus 1. Is this how the AGP slot is labeled?

Tim

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there''s no geforce 2 mx that runs on pci or this is how I remeber but still agp is derived from pci windows 98 will show the agp slot as a pci slot .

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quote:
Original post by Anonymous Poster
there''s no geforce 2 mx that runs on pci or this is how I remeber but still agp is derived from pci windows 98 will show the agp slot as a pci slot .


That''s good to know, but there is a Geforce2 MX PCI.

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It might be that you don''t have correct motherboard drivers installed. If you check the settings for the card (display settings/advanced/card settings) it should say what bus the card is operating on. If this says PCI or AGP(PCI) and the card is in the AGP slot then its a distinct possibility that you don''t have the correct drivers installed. You should be able to download drivers specifically for your model of PC from the Dell support site. As always though, be sure you know what you''re doing, especially when installing stuff like motherboard drivers. Not as bad as flashing the bios, but can still knobble windows all too easily.

This may or may not help, but it will mean that the card in the AGP slot is treated as a true AGP card.

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