Graphics Card & PC Performance Drop

  scunner3 18:34 16 Sep 08

My PC performance is not what it should be.
The Vista Experience/Performance Index has dropped from 2.5 to 1, and the pc has dropped into PC Pitstop's bottom 28% since the graphics card was "upgraded" on advice to -

ATI Technologies Inc Radeon 9250 (RV280)
GPU Information :
Number of GPU : 1
Codename : RV280
Bus : 128-bit
Memory Type : 256 MB DDR
GPU Frequency : 238.5 MHz - [initial : 240 MHz]
Memory Frequency GPU : 200.25 MHz - [initial : 200 MHz]
DirectX Support : 8.1

Is there anything I can do to boost the performance of the card, or the way the card works with the pc?
If not, whats the best value-for-money replacement card that's compatible?
I have a spare GeFORCE4 MX440-8x

The pc spec is:

> Mainboard : MSI PM8M2-V (MS-7071)

> Chipset : VIA P4M800

> Processor : Intel Pentium 4 560J @ 3600 MHz

> Physical Memory : 2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR-SDRAM )

> Video Card : ATI Technologies Inc Radeon 9250 (RV280)

> Hard Disk : Maxtor (251 GB)

> Hard Disk : Maxtor (320 GB)

> DVD-Rom Drive : BENQ DVD DD DW1620 ATA Device

> DVD-Rom Drive : JLMS XJ-HD166S ATA Device

> Monitor Type : Samsung SyncMaster - 17 inches

> Network Card : VT82C570 MV IDE Controller VT6102 Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter

> Operating System : Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium Home Edition 6.00.6001 Service Pack 1

> DirectX : Version 10.00

> Windows Performance Index : 1.0

  I am Spartacus 19:06 16 Sep 08

Have you installed the drivers for the new card?

  I am Spartacus 19:08 16 Sep 08

After saying that I can't see any drivers for that card on ATIs site, it must be quite an old one.

  mrwoowoo 19:22 16 Sep 08

The 9250 driver is available on the ATI website,but is only xp compatable.
That's the reason for your poor performance.
You will need a Vista compatable card.

  I am Spartacus 19:23 16 Sep 08

I think you have an AGP slot so the Sapphire Radeon HD3850 AGP 8X at £82 probably has the best peformance click here but is not available at the moment (stock due in today).


XFX GeForce 7600 GT AGP 8X at around £32 gets a good review also but I can find any at the moment.

Both the above come from reviews in a recent edition of Micro Mart.

  Mr Mistoffelees 19:29 16 Sep 08

Sapphire Radeon HD3850 AGP 8X available at BT Shop click here

  mrwoowoo 19:33 16 Sep 08

You can download a Vista driver from here.
It's free if you watch a few adverts first or you can make a donation and skip the ads.
click here

  scunner3 19:48 16 Sep 08

Thanks everyone.
I'll try the drivers first then perhaps splash out £32 if necessary!

The driver loaded is ati

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