Asus EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2 Graphics Card Radeon HD 4350 512MB PCi-E DVI-I HDMI VGA (LP)*
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I did not touch the CD's included with the card. I went to the AMD/ATI website and downloaded/saved the current drivers (catalyst software package/drivers). Took the old card out, uninstalled all video drivers/software, put the new card in, turned on the computer -- Windows XP Professional. Let it boot up and canceled out of the new hardward/controllers hardware messages. Went to the downloaded software/drivers package and ran it. Drivers/software installed with a reboot. Got a message that the HD audio drivers were not found. Let it search (recommended) for the HD audio drivers. Found them and installed. Rebooted. Worked -- no messages.
Have not gotten to the point of playing with the hookup to the TV as well as the computer monitor. Have done that before and expect no problems.
My point? If you're not a seriour gamer and require the greatest video card available, I just don't know how you can go wrong with this card. It's a bargain. I bought it off Amazon for $[...]+ with a $[...] rebate. Did read someboday else had a rebate problem, so I chose the ASUS $[...] rebate rather than the $[...] rebate to get expedited service. Thought that might alleviate an eventual "where is it" problem. So, for about $[...] I have a video card that's silent, and I can direct video either to my monitor or stream Netflix movies to my TV.
I'm guessing anybody who would have a problem with this card may just not have the system requirements matchup to run it. Go to AMD/ATI before purchase and you can see what systems it works in. Get rid of all your old video software/drivers first, install the new card, and then run the ATI software from their site.
Oh, yeah. Somebody else reported receiving a card with more memory than expected. Me too. The card is advertised as 512MB and the ASUS packaging indicates 512MB on the box. However, after installation, the system information reports it as 1024. Don't know how that's happening!
Originally, I had a 256 MB card with a traditional fan. Worked OK until I tried streaming Netflix and playing HD content off a camcorder. I thought a new video card would fix this.
After buying and installing this card, Netflix worked somewhat better (through Boxee), the audio sounds great through the HDMI connection to my home theater setup, but the video quality through Netflix was only marginally better (didn't get really choppy at the end) and the HD content from camcorder wasn't really any better. On the plus side, through VGA (not HDMI for some reason) the screen size matches up perfectly at 720p setting and it's obviously quieter. The aspect ratio off Netflix is correct through Firefox, so I don't have to use Boxee anymore and it seems to run better that way.
All that to say, if you're trying to eke some more life out of your PC, the video card may or may not be the answer, but for $35 it may be worth a try. Didn't quite do what I wanted, but did some things better than my last card.
BTW, did display 1 gig of ram, not sure what that's all about, and if anyone has suggestions on why my computer won't display HD content well I'd love to hear your suggestions.