Back online after a video card failurePosted: March 27, 2011
One of my computers recently suffered a Video Card failure. It started out with Windows reporting that my video adapter failed and recovered a few times during regular usage. As time went on, my monitor started reporting “Input not supported”. This was via both DVI and DVI to VGA adapter. I knew it was the card because I had tried different DVI cables, power cables (for the monitor), and DVI to VGA adapter. The system memory was fine too. After some online research, I decided to go with one of Nvidia’s low-end 200 series of cards.Thankfully, I had a CompUSA store nearby for my computer-related “emergency”.
I walked in, gave my greeting, browsed the video card section of the store and found a Galaxy Geforce 210. This a very low end/ low power consumption 200 series card. The computer isn’t used for serious gaming and I am still using the OEM power-supply. So far , I can say that the 210 is a good card for replacing a failed OEM card or onboard/motherboard solution. It doesn’t require a 6-pin PCI-Express power connector, short, single-slot. It can be purchased for $40-50 dollars. 512/1024MB of video memory is more than enough to run The Aero UI in Windows Vista/7. It supports Flash player and web browser acceleration I have it hooked up to a 20″ monitor with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 with no issues.The card features an Display port, a DVI port for digital video-only output, and a VGA port for older CRT/ low end- LCD monitors.
What came in the box:
- 1 Galaxy Geforce 210 card
- 1 Quick Install guide
- 1 Technical support reminder (website and phone number)
- 1 CD with Drivers and Badaboom ( video encoding) software using nVidia Cuda technology
When Installing installing the drivers (downloaded from Nvidia’s site) for the video card some additional components were also installed:
- Nvidia Cuda drivers (57.4 MB)
- PhysX drivers (73.2 MB)
- 3D Vision drivers (18.1 MB)
- HD Audio drivers (3.09 MB, for HDMI output)
I’ll definitely carry one of these as my troubleshooting card when I’m helping someone else with their computer.