Scrotos wrote:Just about every AGP nvidia offering I've seen is absolute junk. Only ATI/AMD seemed to keep the AGP flame alive into the 4xxx series. nvidia stopped at, what, 8xxx? And are so EXPENSIVE. Ugh. I went looking for AGP cards for my dad's old P4 a few years ago and the situation was pretty dire for the green team.
Get another ATI/AMD and return the nvidia if you still can.
But yeah, at this point you ought to get a new motherboad/CPU/RAM combo.
Scrotos wrote:Just about every AGP nvidia offering I've seen is absolute junk.
riviera74 wrote:To answer the fan vs. video card question, the fan seized up and died. The video card itself stopped sending a clean signal once I got to the Windows XP splash screen. The color would go bad and then the picture itself would deteriorate and the system would not boot at all. I then replaced that HD3450 with a really old Radeon 9600XT I had lying around in a anti-static bag and swapped the cards. The 9600XT worked fine, but the refresh rate was extremely slow because the card could not handle 1680*1050 well and it refreshed slowly. That points to too little Video RAM (the HD3450 has 512MB; the 9600XT has 128MB). The purchase of the GeForce 6200 was essentially an emergency buy because I had a lot of work due early next week and waiting for a replacement was not an option. (The 6200 has 512MB VRAM.).
atcrank wrote:Here is a small situation for which your 6200 may have an advantage (until October): simple video decode using VDPAU in (for example) MythTV in Linux. I saw (via the shortbread) in Phoronix that AMD have released code to expose the UVD under VDPAU, and more recently, the power management too. They should be in the kernel and open source drivers in October, hopefully. I'm not sure if the 3450 had UVD, I have a suspicion that came in around the 4000 series. But, if you want to watch 720p HD TV signal from your Linux computer, you may be able to do so slightly more efficiently than with your 3450.
(This is from when I looked at it some years ago - I hope what I understood then and remember now is correct; but AGP was a long time ago and I'm not overfurnished in the brain department so may have the wrong end of the stick.)
marvelous wrote:Dude you need a new computer. 3rd world country people have better computer than you.
Scrotos wrote:He means that people with no money, no technology, and very little opportunity to obtain either have better computers than he does. Just... just in case you didn't understand the allusion and weren't being sarcastic.
Got a used powerbook back in the day for a Kenyan who did IT-type work. Didn't hear back from him after the revolts during their election a few years back. Hope he's still alive.
Reason why I'm unsure about the last nvidia series to work on AGP is because I also was looking at PCI cards at the time. How's this for irony? THERE ARE FASTER PCI CARDS OUT THAN AGP. AMD went to the 5xxx series and nvidia went to the 8xxx/9xxx/GTxxx series. And they are stupid expensive.
riviera74 wrote:BTW, the 8600XT I had only has 128MB VRAM, not 256MB VRAM.
That points to too little Video RAM (the HD3450 has 512MB; the 9600XT has 128MB).
Game_boy wrote:What are the advantages of this GeForce 6200 over the Radeon HD 3450?
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