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    Active Member bluzman32 is on a distinguished road
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    Video card help

    Hi everyone

    Well, I'm thinking of replacing my old Geforce4 mx440 64mb graphics card for a Geforce FX5500 256mb. To be honest, I am not that experienced in replacing hardware. So my first question is, is the FX5500 good? I'm planning to order from Newegg, and it costs only $80. http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=14-145-076&DEPA=1

    That's an amazing price anyway you look at it. It's gotten great reviews. So what's your opinion on it?

    Second question, is Chaintech a good brand? I've heard of it a few times, but just to make sure...

    Third question, I have a Sony Vaio, P4 2.533ghz, 512mb. Sony doesn't have proprietary parts does it? Will I be able to install this graphics card without any problem?

    Lastly,is it difficult to install a video card?

    Thanks!!!

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    Active Member WorldBuilder is on a distinguished road
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    It's a decent card, certainly for the money.

    Installing is easy, mate. Shut down machine, open case, remove old card from AGP slot, put new one in. Boot back up and install drivers. Afterwords, I like to boot up in Safe Mode, go into Device Manager, and make sure OLD video card drivers are gone. If not, remove them.

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    It looks like a pretty good deal, at $80 and all. It'll be a huge improvement over my mx440. Can I safely assume that Sony doesn't use proprietary parts in their pcs?

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    They may have some things built in, but I doubt the video card is one of them. Even if it is, you should be able to disable it in the BIOS to be able to use the new card.

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    Thanks for the help.

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