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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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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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Tim Fontana

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

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


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

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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