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How Do I Find What Graphics Card Will Work?


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Rikterscale

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Hey there everyone!

I got my dad an older computer running windows 98 from an auction. He actually wanted it to play some older games he likes, using an older style joystick that he loves.

Well we got it all set up, and it seems to work fine. He installed his first game which is a WWII game. Once it comes to the screen to start flying the plane, the game crashes and goes back to the desktop.

Now, there's only 128mb of ram in it. It can take 512 total, and I got it coming, so we're gonna put that in there. I'm wondering if that alone will solve this problem, or do I need a graphics card of some kind for this older model computer as well?

It's a HP Brio
Model - BA200
Intel Celeron

And like I said its running windows 98 and I'll have a half gig of ram in it soon enough. So I guess my question is this:

Does this computer even take a graphics card, or something like it? If so, how and where do I find out which one will fit/work? I tried tiger and newegg to no help.

I'm used to working on newer computers so this is new to me, and still fun.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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Games put quite a heavy demand on computer resources, in particular the graphics card must be capable of performing specific tasks and have certain features built in to it. Almost any old PC with an agp or pci port can be fitted with a different graphics card but you'll need to read the game's minimum system requirements to find out what the graphics card specifications must be in order to run that game. Games also need a minimum amount of RAM as well as a minimum processor speed --again refer to the minimum system requirements on the game packaging. Any of these three (graphics card, RAM & processor) could be below what the game requires.

Many games demand nothing less than a Pentium-class processor (or AMD equivalent) in which case a Celeron CPU will not be powerful enough.

Edited by phillip22, 11 November 2008 - 02:55 AM.

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