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buttaphly06

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i went under my computer>> right click to get properties>>hardware>> and i dont know what my graphics card is :tazz:

is there another way to find it? and to update it do i have to pay?
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can someone help me..


*sorry if i sound stupid im just really bad at computers*
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Continue were u left off.
my computer>> right click to get properties>>hardware>> "Device Manager".
Expand the Display Adapters.
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my computer>> right click to get properties>>hardware>> Device Manager

then i dont know what to do next..
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Yes, it's like the man said, you're looking for a display adapter. It may not be a separate card, it may be a chip or chipset. Physically it will be a large, usually square circuit located near your display connector. You may need to open the case and look for it to find the brand and part number.
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WAIT A MINUTE! There is NO reason to open your computer up yet. Once you are looking at the Device Manager window you should see something like the picture I have attached. Click the plus sign next to Display Adapters like I have and post what you see where I have the highlighted line.

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i went under my computer>> right click to get properties>>hardware>> and i dont know what my graphics card is  :tazz:

is there another way to find it? and to update it do i have to pay?

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Did you find out what you need to know?
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WAIT A MINUTE!  There is NO reason to open your computer up yet.  Once you are looking at the Device Manager window you should see something like the picture I have attached.  Click the plus sign next to Display Adapters like I have and post what you see where I have the highlighted line.

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But if it says "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" the computer isn't correctly recognizing the type of adapter. This could mislead someone into incorrectly beleiving that fhey know their adapter type or have installed the correct drivers,
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But if it says "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" the computer isn't correctly recognizing the type of adapter. This could mislead someone into incorrectly beleiving that fhey know their adapter type or have installed the correct drivers,

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True, but I hardly think it's prudent to have someone who doesn't know what they're doing digging around inside the case when it may be possible to find the information elsewhere. It at least can't hurt to look in Device Manager first.
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my computer>> right click to get properties>>hardware>> Device Manager >> Display adapters>> then i see VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP
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what do i do now?
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Well what do you want to do now, that at the very end is your graphics card "VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP", can't really help you with anything, looks like it is an intergrated card, I think. If you want to upgrade, there will be someone that will have the card for you, dependant on what you want to use it for.

cheers woody
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well i wanted to play the sims 2 game and i dont think i can with the graphics card that i have. on the box they have a list of graphic cards that i can use. can i just buy one of them and replace it with my old card?
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wat do u mean by "intergrated card"
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wat do u mean by "intergrated card"

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This person meant to say integrated. This means that you don't have a graphics "card," per se, but that the graphics capabilities of your computer are built-in to your motherboard. Such graphics adapters are never impressive and frequently do not properly support DirectX, the standard for graphics and sound in games (among other things).

What -- precisely -- is the problem you're having with The Sims 2? I'm assuming that the graphics adapter doesn't support Transform and Lighting (T&L) which is where you're running into some problems...?

I found a thread on some UK forums which should help you a lot. Start by running DXDIAG and seeing what, specifically, your graphics device is listed as in DXDIAG. This should enable you to search for and download an update from S3, which may solve the problem.

http://www.thesimszo...dex.php?ID=1780

If an update does not help, there are two options to get around it:
1) Get a new graphics card. The cheapest listed by Maxis as compatible is a GeForce 4, and you should be able to find one of those for less than $40, I'd think.
2) Set the game to run in "software rendering" mode as described in the forum linked above. This will make your CPU do all the work the graphics card ordinarily would, and won't solve the overall problem; if you want to play other games on the PC you may be out of luck again.

Edited by Malevolution, 17 July 2005 - 08:43 PM.

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