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8X AGP videocard in a 4X AGP motherboard?


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I currently have an ECS Elitegroup K7SEM (V3.0C) motherboard and I want to install a GeForce FX 5200 8x AGP dual monitor graphics card.

The problem is that the card only works at 8x AGP and the motherboard only supports 4x AGP. Is there a way to make it work or is this a lost cause?
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Hi. You know, I did the exact same thing, and while it might have just been bad luck, I'm going to try and steer you away from that. I tried that exact card in my old Gateway computer, and NVIDIA said that 8X would adjust to meet 4X standards, and I don't think it did, because now that computer gets blue screens constantly, and cannot run games. It fried something in there... My advice is to just wait until you can save-up enough to buy a computer with more updated products. Like I said earlier, it's not a death sentence to try, but I don't want to see anyone have the same problem I did...
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It's not a problem with saving up to buy better, it's just that that motherboard is in fine working order and I need a dual monitor card... and they stopped making 4x AGP cards. Thanks for the tip, though, I'll tell the client I'm building the machine for.
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Well, before you give up hope though, wait for some more opinions. That's just my experience. Someone else might be able to debate that opinion.
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I had the same experience when I tried upgrading my last AGP computer. A 4x slot with an 8x AGP card.

It worked fine in just windows but....

My (up til then) stable computer would just freeze right up whenever I went to play a 3d game. Happened constantly. I even tried upgrading to a PSU that far exceeded the new video card needs.

Ended up putting my old card in and living with it.
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Issue resolved, can someone close this?
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We leave the threads open in case a problem happens again and its easy for people to find in a search for the same problem. They make an fx5200 in 8x/4x AGP ive got one that works fine if you are interested.
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Thanks for the offer, but I've already found something that will work. And I didn't realize why you left the threads open... learn something new every day.
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