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Cheap windows 10 video solution

canavm 748 296 August 12, 2016 at 10:44 AM
Hi - I have a HTPC I built myself circa 2008(?) with slickdeals. I used the onboard AMD x1250 video with HDMI output and worked fine on Vista I think. I upgraded to Win 7 at some point and it worked okay, I can't remember but I think I used the Vista legacy driver. I didn't use it for several years and I recently upgraded it to Windows 10. Well, I am having some issues with the video driver. I was able to get the vista legacy driver installed using instructions from the interwebs, and its better than the default Windows driver, but it still won't be usable as a HTPC. To run Kodi I guess I'll need something better.

So, two questions. I have an old HD 4850 video card, but it seems this too will have the same issue about unsupported drivers and not running the latest WDM or directx versions, correct? Should I spend some time getting this to work, or is it hopeless? Instead, should I just get a cheap Windows 10 video card? If so, what are some recommendations? I see a couple $30 nVidia cards on amazon for instance geforce 210 and 8400gs.

Thank you for any advice.

edit: I found this card [newegg.com] for $25 after rebate from Newegg, looks like a good deal if I have to buy a new card.

edit2: This is my motherboard [gigabyte.com].

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I would buy that new card if you want to keep using the Old PC and not update. If your just running Kodi you might consider one of those android box TV's and save some power for not much more than $40.
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Thanks for your reply.

Windows 10 is now crashing all the time on this PC. I'm thinking about reverting to Windows 7, then freshly installing 7, then adding the HD 4850 I mentioned which should have specific windows 7 drivers and just forgetting about Windows 10. Its probably not worth it with this old motherboard and other hardware.

I've read that one could boot openELEC off a thumb drive and use that to have a kodi-based HTPC solution. Does anyone have an opinion and/or thoughts/tips on doing this if I mainly just want HTPC functionality?

Thanks.
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buy the new card. windows 10 have so much issues with backward compatibility.
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Who would want to buy geforce 210?
It's a pos.
Sounds like a typical "gamers" opinion ?.
I had a 210 for a week. It's perfectly fine for adding the ability to SMOOTHLY play 1080p video to older computers. My cpu is an old core 2 duo 3.00 with Q43/45 gpu. It plays 1080p but not smoothly. I ONLY sent the 210 back because the fan was way to loud. I ordered a passively cooled MSI GeForce 720 from newegg that should be $20 after rebate to replace it.
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Thanks folks. Any opinions on whether this upgrade is even feasible on this system, given my motherboard (above), my AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.65 GHz processor, and currently 2GB of DDR2 RAM (I have more unused RAM from past slickdeals in a box somewhere)? I mean, I've already upgraded, but the stability is poor (several crashes). I don't mind adding the new card to get reliable HD video output, but want it to work "well" (this 720 [newegg.com] is $27 AR). Would reverting to Windows 7, doing a fresh install, and then upgrading again help the matter at all?

Edit: This ATI 6450 card [amazon.com] is $27.50+tax AR, so about $2.50 more total for me than the nVidia gt 720 and should be Win10 compatible. Any thoughts on which is better? Since the rest of the rig is AMD/ATI, should I go with that or should I go to nVidia for their better long-term product support?
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I'm so sick of this pos website failing to post my replies.

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Thanks folks. Any opinions on whether this upgrade is even feasible on this system, given my motherboard (above), my AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.65 GHz processor, and currently 2GB of DDR2 RAM (I have more unused RAM from past slickdeals in a box somewhere)? I mean, I've already upgraded, but the stability is poor (several crashes). I don't mind adding the new card to get reliable HD video output, but want it to work "well" (this 720 [newegg.com] is $27 AR). Would reverting to Windows 7, doing a fresh install, and then upgrading again help the matter at all?

Edit: This ATI 6450 card [amazon.com] is $27.50+tax AR, so about $2.50 more total for me than the nVidia gt 720 and should be Win10 compatible. Any thoughts on which is better? Since the rest of the rig is AMD/ATI, should I go with that or should I go to nVidia for their better long-term product support?
Put fresh install of Windows 7 on a $50 toshiba OCZ SSD. Your pc will feel brand new.
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Yes I am very much considering reverting and doing a fresh W7 install. Even with the new convenience rollup, I'm dreading updating said install, however. I still can't get windows update to do anything after the convenience rollup, it just gets stuck searching for updates at that point.
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Yes I am very much considering reverting and doing a fresh W7 install. Even with the new convenience rollup, I'm dreading updating said install, however. I still can't get windows update to do anything after the convenience rollup, it just gets stuck searching for updates at that point.
The solution to stuck windows updates is WSUS offline updater. Just used it to install ~200 updates to a fresh win7 install. U r welcome Smilie
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The solution to stuck windows updates is WSUS offline updater. Just used it to install ~200 updates to a fresh win7 install. U r welcome Smilie
Damn edit feature is busted on this site!
Anyway meant to also add that Windows update refused to get beyond "searching..." on my fresh install as well.
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If you isolated that its the video card causing problems, i would get new video card. your choices are good since they dont have fans and support low profile (assuming your htpc is small form factor). your motherboard has PCIE X 16 slot, so any video card will work. I am a fanboy of Nvidia. you can check this out http://gpuboss.com/ to rank them.
I assume you dont have windows 10 media, so you are doing windows 7 to windows 10? do it with new video card installed.
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