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#1 Sep 05 2010 at 12:47 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm trying to salvage this Gateway GM5478 to play XIV until the PS3 in March.. I have a friend coming Monday to make sure I put the GeForce 9800GT that I just bought in correctly.. Everything else meets their system requirements - Vista OS, Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz, 3.00 GB of RAM, plenty of room on the HDD.. The 9800GT I just mentioned, etc..

(I got the 9800GT not only because it's cheap and should work, but because the PSU here is only 400W, and if I go after some high end GPU I'd risk the power supply not being sufficient).

However the other day my sister was telling me the chipset might not allow it to work.. If this is the case, why the **** isn't this in their hardware requirements?..

The chipset stated in the Welcome Center is "Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family." After google'ing it, it's apparent that it is not designed for gaming - should this be a major concern, that would usurp my getting XIV to work on this computer? If so, I need a new motherboard, yes? And that's it?

Thanks for any perspective.
#2 Sep 05 2010 at 3:03 AM Rating: Decent
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You realize this is a FFXIV forum and not a tech forum?

Please post in the tech forum or the computer building sticky at the top of the page.
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#3 Sep 05 2010 at 11:14 AM Rating: Decent
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the gma 31/33 chipset is a built in video card. It can be enabled/disabled in the BIOS.

Install the 9800, boot the computer, enter the BIOS setup by depressing the DELETE key, F2, F12 or what ever key your motherboard manual denotes.

Within your BIOS, there will be several tabs at the top of the BIOS screen. Select a tab by using the tab key, hit enter to bring up the menu for that particular tab. Use the UP and Down arrow keys to surf.

Once you find the Onboard Video option, enter that option and click disable onboard video.

Press the F10 key and hit ok to save changes. you should be good to go from there.

your sytem will now use you new graphics card.

good luck
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