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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-16-2005, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Video card for older computer...

I have acquired an old Compaq Deskpro, circa 1998 or so, from my workplace. It's not a fast machine by any stretch of the imagination, so what I want to do with it is hook it up to my TV via S-video or RCA cable(s) and play old video games. There are, as always, a few obstacles in my way:

1. No AGP slot and no video card.
2. I have no idea what type of card to get.

For what it's worth, I've played various emulators on this PC, ranging from NES emus to SNES and Genesis emus, with no performance problems, so I don't necessarily need a superfast card (though they're probably all about the same price these days anyway.) I'm sure that more than a few of you guys on here know a bit about older vid cards, so I'm hoping to pick your brains and get a cheap old card off of eBay. I love playing old Nintendo and Genesis games, but playing on a PC screen just isn't the same. Please help me recapture the nostalgia!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-16-2005, 01:03 PM
 
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If your computer has a PCI slot newegg i believe still sells PCI video card i know that tigerdirect still does



also a model # could also help
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I don't have a clue what model number it is. It's at home, so I'll check it out tonight and post whatever I find out in the morning. IIRC, it has an Intel Celeron 400 Mhz proc and about 64MB of RAM, so it's certainly an old-school rig. I was looking at PCI cards on eBay, but I don't know what would be best for the thing.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-16-2005, 02:37 PM
 
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If you want pci with s-video it looks like ebay has Radeon 9250 PCI 128MB S-Video/DVI, GEFORCE MX 4000 PCI 64MB-VGA S-VIDEO OUTPUT, and Nvidia TNT2 M64 32MB PCI w/S-video. I don't think really old pci cards had s-video so these are probably the best choices.
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Thanks! I was looking at the 9250, but I wasn't sure about the compatibility due to the age of the computer. I'm also looking to keep it very cheap, since I only need it to run a signal to the TV.
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If its a 1998 era motherboard, then chances are it has at least a couple of PCI slots.
There are still some companies that sell PCI video cards.

Even if your motherboard has an ISA slot, just stay away from it and use PCI.

Also, with most Compaq desktops with built-in video adapters, you have to do a little dance with disabling the built-in video adapter and telling it that you are going to use an add-on video card.
Depending on the motherboard they used, the BIOS setup could either be a breeze or a nightmare.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-16-2005, 03:39 PM
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Look for an ATI All-In-Wonder 128 PCI. I had one in a 350MHz Compaq and it worked flawlessly.
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I'll second the All-In-Wonder card. I also had one. It is a great card.
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I think the AIW would be overkill for my application. I've already got an ATI TV tuner card on my regular PC, so I really don't need another one. Hell, if I could just find a plug converter that would turn a VGA plug into an S-Video or RCA output, I'd get that. I certainly appreciate all of the responses, though. It's really helping me narrow down what I'm looking for.
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Hell, no sooner do I post then I check eBay and find one for about $6!

EDIT: Here's a link to one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-VGA-to-TV-CO...QQcmdZViewItem

The only snag is that it says your video card or on-board video must have a TV-Out capability. Damn. I'll have to check that when I get home.

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I had this page bookmarked from awhile back, but it's still current. It's basically refurbished video cards from newegg.com.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ed&Order=price

There's one in particular that I think would work great for you, $26 shipped. . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814102447R


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# REFURBISHED: SAPPHIRE 100945L-BK Radeon 7000 64MB DDR PCI Video Card - OEM
(limit 2 per customer)

Core clock: 166MHz
D-SUB: 1
DirectX: DirectX 7
DVI: 1
Max Resolution: 2048x1536
Memory Clock: 333MHz
OpenGL: OpenGL
Tuner: None
TV-Out: S-Video/Composite Out
VIVO: No
# Model #: 100945L
# Item #: N82E16814102447R
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Thanks for the link, Sander. I'll have to consider that one...
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