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    Improving my Video

    Hi,

    I went back to using my Win XP PC just to update it and give it some use. Since reformatting the HD and installing a new Win XP SP2 on it, the video is sluggish. When I scroll down a Notepad doc, it goes slow and ripples a little at a time. How can I fix this? I'd love to speed it up more. It seems to have an upgraded video card like my other Dell Win 7 PC but I don't know how to get it working the way it should. Would Flash Player help it? I just got all Windows Updates.

    Thank you.

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    Hi - I was thinking I'd take out the upgraded video card and let it go back to the stock card and see how it runs on that. Does that sound like a good idea?

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    Make sure you install teh video card's driver and software, that would make a big difference.

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    Can you tell me how to do that by any chance. I bought 3 dual core usd Dell PCs from a guy last Fall. I sold one and kept one with Win XP and one with Win 7. I'm on the Win XP now and this is the one that has sluggish video.

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    Go to the following site and enter the Service Tag.

    http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/...key=Drivers_PS

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    Hi - I removed the extra video card and went back to the stock Intel card and it added new drivers when it loaded.. It seems to work better now. The one I pulled out of there has a small fan on it. It looks like a good card but for some reason I couldn't seem to get it working right in this PC.

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    Do you have the info from the extra card (manufacturer, model, etc.)?

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    No, it has UPC codes and says ATI on the fan. Near the slot it says V179 and CN-01

    I should be able to get driver for it somewhere. It's XP compatible,

    I think this is what it is :

    ATI Dell M4177 FireGL V3100 128MB Graphics Card

    Product Features Pacific Geek computer parts

    ****128MB PCI-E VIDEO CARD WITH VGA AND DVI OUTPUTS****
    FireGL Visualization series of workstation graphics accelerators is designed specifically for the new high-bandwidth PCI Express bus
    Graphics card is made to deliver unprecedented speed and image quality for real-time visualization
    ATI Dell M4177 computer hardware device works with Windows XP
    Manufacturer Part Number: M4177
    Manufacturer: ATI
    Product: ATI Fire GL V3100 128MB VGA-DVI PCI-Express
    Product Type: Graphics Card
    Max Monitors Supported: 2
    Video Output: 2048 x 1536
    Video Memory Installed: 128 MB - DDR SDRAM
    API Supported: DirectX 9.0 - OpenGL 1.5
    RAMDAC Clock Speed: 400 MHz
    Interface Type: PCI Express x16
    System Requirements: Linux - Microsoft Windows 2000 - Microsoft Windows XP - Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
    Enclosure Type: Plug-in card
    Type of Package: Bulk
    Package include: Graphics Card - Drivers CD - DVI to VGA adapter
    Dimensions: 4.0 inches wide x 8.0 inches deep x 0.8 inches high

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    I put the card back in and went to dell at the link you posted. I got the driver for Win XP 32 bit, and it asked me if I wanted to install it because it's older than drivers I had, so I said yes, and then it would not install, said my PC requirements were not met so installation was aborted.

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    Can you tell me of a good inexpensive video card or should I just go back to the stock card that was in it? It doesn't work well with the card I listed about and I can't seem to update driver for it.

    What if I bought a used on e for $15 off eBay?

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