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Link Depot POW-UV-4PY UV 4Pin Y Power Cable
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2 out of 5 eggs A real pain to get it working 01/31/2009

This review is from: Link Depot POW-UV-4PY UV 4Pin Y Power Cable

Pros: Cheap, probably one of the best card you can get for the dying AGP format at this price point. Small form, will fit with small cases. After I got it working, games are running and looking smoother compared to my previous NVidia 6200 card.

Cons: Like the other reviews said, driver installation is simply a nightmare. I'm not sure how other people installed the drivers without a hitch and yet others (like me) cannot get past the windows splash screen after installing the driver, I'm guessing it has something to do with my aging mobo. Tried latest driver from ASUS website and driver from CD, both not working, both gets stuck after windows splash screen. I finally got it working using ATI AGP hotfix 8.12, but not before fiddling around with my bios. I had to change my bios setting and disable the "Assign IRQ to VGA" option. After that, the card seems to work.
Weird, weird positioning of the molex connector. Seriously, what are the designers thinking putting it in such an awkward place. Kudos to someone else's review who suggested to get a Y-splitter for the molex. My default cable will not reach, so I had to use the Y-splitter. Check yours, if it's on the short side, you'd better order a Y-splitter too.

Other Thoughts: Getting the card as a last-ditch effort to make my aging AGP system up to snuff for the latest games. This would probably my last upgrade before getting a whole new rig. Thinking of going Nvidia instead of ATI next time just to avoid the hassle of mangling around with funky ATI drivers, since my previous 2 cards were Nvidia and drivers were never a problem.
On a side note, none of these problems have anything to do with newegg. They ship promptly, and the items arrived within the estimated time. I am a first time newegg user, and I will be looking forward to making future purchases here.

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Display Name: Arief Z.

Date Joined: 01/27/09

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