I'm working on a "generic" box for my (16 year-old male) cousin. He had a bootlegged copy of XP Pro, and wanted to have me ghost his old 80 GB hard drive onto a new 300GB drive. So, once I got him a legit XP Pro (SP2), and ghosted the contents over, his old graphics card started behaving poorly, so I pulled it to see what it was (it wasn't listed in Device Manager any more, thank you Microsnot) and a capacitor on the card fell off. (Probably causing some of the display problems, but, anyway ...)
So, my challenge is to find a AGP card for about $150 that will do gaming and not crash with his motherboard - the Elitegroup PT800CE-A. There's a 450 watt power supply, so that is a non-problem. I've got the XP Pro up to SP2 with all the latest & greatest (ha) security/critical updates. There's 2x256MB RAM with a P4 3.2MHz processor.
WinXP starts up and gets a "system recovered from a serious error" box, probably due to an abundance of display adapter drivers (old, broken card; several AGP cards I've tried) which repeats if I send/don't send. Box runs nonetheless (not great graphics) if I leave the error box pushed off to the side. I'll probably have to do major cleanup on drivers once I get a new card.
Any thoughts that I can throw at the cousin? Thanks.