pny geforce fx5200

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by iqon, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. iqon

    iqon Guest

    Hi, iv'e just had to install xp back from vista because,i think my geforce
    fx5200 video card as a fault,the computer restarts every 10mins no warnings
    or errors, I thought it was my psu,so i bought a new 520watt psu,still
    restarting every 10mins,could it be a driver problem or is my card at fault.
    Thanks
    IQON
     
    iqon, Jun 19, 2007
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  2. iqon

    Mac Guest

    Suggest you try the XP support community newsgroups, and next time make sure
    you have hardware to support Vista.
     
    Mac, Jun 19, 2007
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  3. Usually, if it's a driver problem it will be in the error logs. You can
    check those in Start | Administrative Tools | Event Viewer. It should tell
    you what caused the shutdown.

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    Dustin Harper, Jun 19, 2007
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  4. iqon

    ...winston Guest

    Only one driver exists for Vista for the fx5200 card. It is dated last October.
    It does not provide the full range of options that function in XP.

    Someone posted that msft provided a driver for the card, though imo it would be unlikely and rare that the driver is newer or different than those available via Nvidia. I've yet to see a Windows Update driver that functioned as well as those on the Nvidia site for xp or vista.

    Without more specifics its impossibe to tell if the card or something else is at fault.
    Memory check(i.e Ram problem) ? Replace/Update Driver? Event Viewer log findings?


    ..winston

    : Hi, iv'e just had to install xp back from vista because,i think my geforce
    : fx5200 video card as a fault,the computer restarts every 10mins no warnings
    : or errors, I thought it was my psu,so i bought a new 520watt psu,still
    : restarting every 10mins,could it be a driver problem or is my card at fault.
    : Thanks
    : IQON
     
    ...winston, Jun 19, 2007
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  5. iqon

    SpokaneRGH Guest

    First thing to consider is the nVidia FX5200 card, it is junk. They
    sell on eBay for $10 and even at that price are not worth having.
    People buy video cards based on the amount of RAM, (FX5200 w/128MB
    RAM) when in fact, RAM means *very* little in the cards performance.
    RAM is storage only, nothing more. Like paying more $ for a car with a
    big gas tank vs something with a small gas tank. Does not make sense,
    unless, your the MFG or a seller of such a video card.

    Suggest you trash the FX5200, and run a simple nVidia/PNY XGL series
    video card.

    If your a professional, 8 MB per display is more than sufficient, if
    your a gamer, look for about 16 MB of RAM per display. Buy a video
    card based on the CPU power, not the amount of RAM. One of the
    hottest ticket dual monitor DVI cards around is the 900XGL for about
    $40-50. and it will more than handle professional applications like
    AutoCAD and Photoshop, not to mention, double as a very respectable
    gamer card. If your only using one monitor, just set it to run one
    monitor by not checking the *extending desktop* in Display Properties,
    *Setting* tab.
    If anyone tells you differently, their just talking on a subject they
    dont know anything about, unlike me, who not only has worked for these
    MFG's R&D, but also used to build custom video cards in my younger
    days.

    Suggest loading your computer with as much RAM as possible and forget
    buying into the hype that a video card needs mega amounts of RAM, *it
    does not*.

    And now to let you in on a little insider secret that no one wants you
    to know.... Even if a video card is short the amount of RAM needed to
    reproduce color saturation, typically 3-4 MB's on large screens, it
    will use the RAM in the computer system.
    OOPS, did those video card ads and magazine reviews forget to mention
    that? Considering the amount of advertising dollars spent, theres a
    lot those reviews don't tell the consumer.

    Heres another tip, right click on a blank spot on you screen, select
    *Properties*, in display properties, reduce your color quality to no
    more than 16 bit color. Results? Twice as fast on screen redraws, and
    you won't notice any color difference. Anyone that says 32 bit color
    is better, needs to clean their crack pipe.

    In Re VISTA. Many professionals I deal with are all getting rid of
    their Vista OS, and upgrading their new systems back to Win XP. Maybe
    in a 3-4 years Vista might be worth looking at, but at present, why
    would anyone want to be a guinea pig for a half baked product? Just
    look how long it took for Win 2000, and Win XP to work out the bugs,
    and Vista has a lot more eye candy, designed for the 10-14 ages, not
    professionals.

    Have fun
     
    SpokaneRGH, Jun 19, 2007
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  6. iqon

    iqon Guest

    Hi Mac the video card as been working fine with vista for the last 4
    months,and i did check to see if the 5200 was compatable,and it was,so as for
    going to the xp support newsgroups why would i do that when i want help on
    the vista side of things?
    Thanks
    IQON
     
    iqon, Jun 19, 2007
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