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Q: Hi, Wondered if you could help me
with the following question: I have a HP A620n Pavilion PC running Windows XP
Home Edition (Athlon XP 3200+). It has an AGP 8x interface which is required for
the ATI RADEON X800 XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card. In the card's
system requirements, it mentions that AGP 8x required. However, under
"Additional Requirements" it states a PCI Express slot? Is there anything in
particular I need to check out on my PC to see if it is truely compatible?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
A: Sounds like the manufacturer of your
videocard is being a little slack with their documentation, which is unfortunate
as it's put you in a difficult situation. Unfortunately PCI Express video
cards require a PCI Express x16 video card slot and are not compatible with
computers that use an AGP
slot. Your video card will not work with your system. My advice would be to attempt to exchange
it for a card with an AGP 8x interface, which should work fine.
For more information on PCI
Express and the x16 slot, see our guide to the subject here.