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Hi, i have been using the motherboard (INBUILT) graphicss card to attach my desktop to a monitor. then one day i booted my pc the lights were on, the fans were spinning and the cd drive opened but nothing came on the monitor. I then took it to my local pc repair shop where they checked all the parts and diagnosed that the graphics card is faulty. I do not wish to spend more money on a new graphics card but i have stumbled across a usb graphics card and was wondering if i could use this primarily instead of a normal graphics card , i was wondering if it would work even though i have no normal graphics card and no driver installed initiailly. thanks.

asked Feb 19 '12 at 07:41

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I don't think USB could supply enough power for a card with decent capabilities. 1 USB can't even power a DVD drive let alone a graphic chip.

answered Feb 20 '12 at 19:16

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USB display adapters require special drivers so you cant use them in a fully loaded OS environment.

PS videocards are very cheap, look for a old videocard that supports modern monitors

http://www.amazon.com/ATI-S-Video-PCI-Express-H9142-Profile/dp/B000I0VASI/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329722085&sr=1-14

eg that is cheap, supports modern video formats, supports all of the standard resolutions. Wont really work for demanding 3D games (basically anything higher than half life 2 will have a lot of trouble)

answered Feb 20 '12 at 02:17

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You can also take a look here this is one of my suppliers I deal with often enough and get good pricing with him on stuff. http://pcdepotliquidation.com/

(Feb 20 '12 at 15:42) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

It may work, but you would be much better of spending in the region of $30 to get a cheap proper one. Anything USB will have low bandwidth and playback will be incredibly choppy.

answered Feb 19 '12 at 16:58

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Even if you went with a second hand or used AGP or PCI-E video card. With 128 megs of Ram you can get them for about $8 a piece. I was just looking at it from one of my suppliers who sells them to other stores or other techs who sells them in their businesses.

(Feb 19 '12 at 18:01) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image
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