View Full Version : Upgrading old computers graphics how to ?

01-11-2007, 09:15 AM
Hi Guys

My daughter has just been given an IBM desktop PC.

It came from a large home appliance retailer.

I have put Windows on it OK.

But the screen resolution is very low.

It does not have a graphics card, my version of Everest says that it has onboard graphics by Intel - Xtreme Graphics ! but the screen res is only 640 by 480. And the screen is hard to read as the icons etc are so large and you cannot see the whole Windows desktop even !

If I go to control panel display on the screen slider there is only the 640 by 480 option.

What I want to know is can I buy any old (used) PCI graphics card and put it in. It has several spare PCI slots. My daughter does not need a high powered one, just so that she can used WORD



01-11-2007, 09:29 AM
Ok digby

How old is the machine, as most machines even those with onboard graphics should be able to handle better than yep the specs are here (http://support.intel.com/products/chipsets/eg1/index.htm)

Get the correct driver
as that should help, what version of windows?
What version of Extreme Graphics 1 or 2?

Onboard graphics are fine for people who just use word

This will probably be useful to (http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-009482.htm)

01-11-2007, 10:10 AM
You need to install the drivers else you will only get that...

02-11-2007, 10:53 AM
c'mon Digby let us know if you solved the problem

02-11-2007, 12:54 PM
Sounds most likely a driver problem, not a gfx card problem

02-11-2007, 12:57 PM
Yes thanks guys.

Sorry for being so silly