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mark1978
02-10-2011, 09:32 AM
Hey hello, could you help me out?
We got this pc yesterday and my son loves it, however he would like to play the Lego on-line game. I says the video card does not support it, so I am trying to find a video card on-line.
Would you know what kind of card I need? The amount of MB and, would this card fit/compatible etc, sorry am not that computer literate with video cards

pcuser42
02-10-2011, 09:34 AM
Funnily enough I have the exact same PC sitting on my bench :D

Unfortunately this PC has neither an AGP slot nor a PCIe slot, so you'll have to hunt around for a PCI graphics card (which are rare-ish).

mark1978
02-10-2011, 09:38 AM
lol...ok! But what can it handle??? I mean MB like 256MB or 512MB?

wainuitech
02-10-2011, 09:43 AM
Hmmmmmmm you have got ajob ahead of you.

Assuming This is the same one (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim1100/EN/SM/index.htm) the Motherboard has intergrated graphics.

The downside, going by the motherboard layout ( see attached Pic) it doesn't actually have a dedicated Graphic card slot, not even a AGP :(

You would need a PCI graphic Card, and they are not available these days, maybe you can pick one up from Trademe or someone may have one about.

I know I have a couple someplace in the workshop.

Edited;
lol...ok! But what can it handle??? I mean MB like 256MB or 512MB? Read the link I posted, the board will take up to 2GB of RAM ( under technical Spec's)

Edit 2: just be careful if looking on Trade me, some sellers dont know the difference between a PCI and PCI-E card :groan:

mark1978
02-10-2011, 09:52 AM
Hey wainuitech, if you have some I will buy one of you! My son just wants to play lego online lol

pcuser42
02-10-2011, 10:01 AM
Ascent list just three here (http://www.ascent.co.nz/category.aspx?majorcatID=64&minorcatID=159).

wainuitech
02-10-2011, 11:09 AM
Ascent list just three here (http://www.ascent.co.nz/category.aspx?majorcatID=64&minorcatID=159). They may have brought them in themselves , Normally most of the suppliers in NZ have troubles getting AGP, let along PCI :)

feersumendjinn
02-10-2011, 11:17 AM
http://universe.lego.com/en-us/help/systemchecker.aspx
If this is the game you're talking about, your computer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Dimension
may not be able to run it very well even with a PCI video card, just saying :)

pcuser42
02-10-2011, 11:38 AM
http://universe.lego.com/en-us/help/systemchecker.aspx

The solitary PCI card listed on that page happens to be the one Ascent sells :p

pctek
02-10-2011, 02:34 PM
Throw it away. Buy a computer capable of gaming.
For that it must have a motherboard with a PCI-E slot, forget the rest - too old to bother. Once he's had one game, he;ll want another.

And make sure it has something reasonable. See here for graphics card rankings:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/graphics-cards,1.html

You can stick with the entry-level cause of the type he's playing but the GRAPHICS is the single most important part of a computer for gaming. Too many people don't do their research first and expect miracles later.

inphinity
02-10-2011, 02:58 PM
Driver upgrade may help, but I doubt it. Could be a struggle to get such an old machine running much in the way of semi-recent games :(

mark1978
03-10-2011, 06:32 PM
Thanks all for your posts! much appreciated!