View Full Version : [ubuntu] upgrading graphics card

August 28th, 2011, 09:01 PM
My computer has an integral graphics card, if I want to put a better card in how do I find out what card this elderly P4 processor will be able to work with?


August 28th, 2011, 09:09 PM
The graphics card slot what you should worry about ,you need to find out if its PCIE or AGP

August 29th, 2011, 11:31 AM
OK, I can probably find that out.

Anything else I need to look out for?


August 29th, 2011, 11:40 AM
Your power supply should be powerful enough for the new card.
Also nvidia cards are 1rst choice in linux..

August 29th, 2011, 12:34 PM
Some of the latest/most powerful cards require an extra power supply from the PSU as well as power from the motherboard slot. Does the PSU have a cable take off to give this power?

For example, my PSU came with a 6-pin cable (3 yellow and 3 black wires) that would take power direcly from the PSU to the PCI Express graphic card (if it was the type of card that needed it).


August 29th, 2011, 01:27 PM
Also, there are lots of hardware compatibility lists out there, so if you narrow it down to one or two cards, search online for the model to make sure it's supported. Sometimes, a search will return a lot of ubuntuforums posts about problems with the card :)