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Our twelfth Q & A of the week comes from Allen via the PCstats reader feedback page . If you have a question you need answered right away, try our friendly forums for help too.

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.

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