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Gateway 4300E Low form Factor,
MotherBoard Intel Corp D915GUX,
CPU Intel Pentium 4,
1391 MB of free memory/2045 MB Total, 350W Athena Power Supply

Looking for a low profile card to up grade a failing ati radeon 4300/4500 series card.
Has to be low profile, preferably with a fan/sink, but thin.
I recently purchased "Gigabyte HD 4550", but can't get it to work!
Display will not function correctly, display has lines and fractured look to it. (looks like an extremely low resolution)

I have re-seated the card, Installed the Catalyst soft ware that came with the card(ATi Radeon HD 4550 Series Graphics Acclerator Driver CD) 12DC1-HD455HM-10CR, and hydro Vision. Have adjusted resolution to 1024x768 Res on a Samsung SyncMaster 19" monitor.

Nothing seems to work, although I can re-install my old ATi Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series card and the display is fine? I either picked a non compatible card, or the card is bad.
Thanks in advance, for any help
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Note that card requires at least a 400W PSU. Is yours big enough?
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That's what it say's in the user's manual, but the web site says 350w!
Hard to do your research when they have two sets of values!
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Hmmm, actually, in checking the Gateway page for that card, it says 300 minimum.

Still, I note Athena PSUs are not highly rated. If me, I would swap in a known good PSU just to make sure I was providing good power.

Also, it is possible you got a bad card. Until Man can create perfection 100% of the time, there will always be some failures. You could try that card in another computer, or get an RMA and send it back.
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Being a small form factor, my choices of PSU's was limited especially for higher wattage's.
The card was purchased from a vender on e-bay, I have contacted him but am doubtful I will be able to return.
Not knowing a lot about comparing the specs of the card to the specs of my PC, I picked what I thought would work size wise and compatibility wise, Unless there is some type of electronic incompatibility, I would guess I received a bad card.

Any suggestions as to a card that might suit the size restrictions,MO board and power requirements would be greatly appreciated!
I'm afraid I may be missing something as for as mother board requirements, when it comes to picking a card!
I don't do a lot of gaming on this machine, just some Myst and Rivin, the pc is mostly used for photo editing and viewing.

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