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Old 10-30-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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What kind of video expansion card should I get?

Hello. I got a refurbished computer from Free Geek Chicago, a very friendly and quite awesome place, but Im ignorant about Linux, which is the only OS they install.

My videos are sketchy and not HD, like my monitor. Ive been told I need a new video expansion card. I would like to watch videos and also edit my own. Can someone please tell me what kind of card and about how much $ it will cost. Also, where do I put the thing.

Thank you.
Old 10-31-2014, 07:02 PM   #2
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

What is the make and model number of your computer? This will give us a clue to its specifications and type of card that can be installed. You might be able to find a manual on line which should contain a pictorial of the front and back side of the computer and some kind of table which describes each part. If the computer is not mainstream i.e Dell, HP etc and "homebuilt" then knowing the motherboard make and model will let us determine the same information.

If you look at the back up the computer you should see 1 or more evenly spaced rectangle pieces of metal that may or may not have
connectors. These are known as slots where addition cards like video, network or serial/parallel ports can be installed.
Old 11-01-2014, 08:02 PM   #3
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The video card will need output(s) that match at least one input on your monitor.

Even though your monitor is not HD, you need a card that can support the number of pixels on your monitor,
as you can't output fractions of pixels!

How are you running the PC at the moment without a video card?
It may well not suit your motherboard - but I'm using a NVIDIA GeForce 210 (PCI Express 2.0, 1GB, HDMI, DVI-I, VGA) current cost = 22-66GBP from Amazon.

You can install dmidecode, which tells you huge amounts about your machine...
For example (on my ancient PC)...
jeremy@hector:~$ sudo dmidecode
[sudo] password for jeremy:
# dmidecode 2.12
SMBIOS 2.3 present.
77 structures occupying 2266 bytes.
Table at 0x000F0000.

Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 20 bytes
BIOS Information
	Vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
	Version: ASUS A8N-SLI SE ACPI BIOS Revision 0502
	Release Date: 03/09/2006
	Address: 0xE0000
	Runtime Size: 128 kB
	ROM Size: 512 kB
		PCI is supported
		PNP is supported
		APM is supported
		BIOS is upgradeable
		BIOS shadowing is allowed
		Boot from CD is supported
		Selectable boot is supported
		BIOS ROM is socketed
		EDD is supported
		5.25"/360 kB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
		5.25"/1.2 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
		3.5"/720 kB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
		3.5"/2.88 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h)
		Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
		8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
		Serial services are supported (int 14h)
		Printer services are supported (int 17h)
		CGA/mono video services are supported (int 10h)
		ACPI is supported
		USB legacy is supported
		LS-120 boot is supported
		ATAPI Zip drive boot is supported
		BIOS boot specification is supported

Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 25 bytes
System Information
	Manufacturer: System manufacturer
	Product Name: System Product Name
	Version: System Version
	Serial Number: System Serial Number
	UUID: E0ABC5B0-9C7A-DA11-8AC0-00112FF29574
	Wake-up Type: Power Switch

Handle 0x0002, DMI type 2, 8 bytes
Base Board Information
	Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
	Product Name: A8N-SLI SE
	Version: 1.XX    
	Serial Number: 123456789000 omitted
The last entry gives the name of your motherboard.
Old 11-06-2014, 06:49 PM   #4
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Thank you.

Its an HP Compaq dc5750. Is that the information you needed?

BTW, my monitor is HD. I dont know what kind of video card I have at the moment. All I know is that my videos play choppy, like a bunch of jump cuts.
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Amazon say (for your model)
Enjoy smooth video with the integrated ATI X300 Graphics controller or add a PCI Express card for high-end graphics
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Thank you, Jeremy.


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