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Old 09-10-2004, 10:35 AM   #1
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I purchased a Radeon graphics card and the manual says that before i install it that i need to update the drivers on my chipset, which is a VIA VT8235. I checked out viaarena.com but they don't have any updates for it, so should i just go ahead and install my new graphics card? I guess i just don't know what happens if i do this wrong. And i believe the date on my current drivers are like 2001.
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I say if there are no updates, go for it.

If there are, uh, don't know what to tell ya mate.

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Everything should be fine even if they drivers for your chipset are outdated.

Just make sure you download the new revamped ATI drivers. People really seem to like them.
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One other question. The manual says my power supply needs to be a minimum of 300W, mine is only 250w. What kind of problems could i face by having a smaller PS?
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frequent and sparatic crashes. and wont overclock well.
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Question #1: Do I need to update my VIA chipset? There is one generic (I use generic because it is for ALL VIA chipsets), it is called VIA Hyperion 4 in 1 driver. It contains IDE, SATA, RAID, Audio, USB, IrDA and intergrated graphics.

It is a good driver system. I like the VIA chipset. It is not the fastest, but I have found it to be the most stable.

Question #2: Do I need a bigger power supply? You really should get a 300W power supply. However, it is not required. The question is the amount of power your sysem requires. Most P4 systems will need a 300W to be stable.

Power supplied to:
CPU & Fan
Floppy, CD-ROM, CD-RW, CD-DVD & Harddrives
Case & power supply fans
And then there is your ATI card. These use a lot of power in order to help keep the temperature cooler.

All of these starting at one time is too much, which results in no boot up or very unstable system. Trading power for heat. That is bad.

However, if you are using a one harddrive, only a CPU fan, one CD-ROM, floppy and ATI video card it should be able to work properlly with just a 250W power supply.
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