How do I know what video card I need?

A few days ago, I got Skyrim for my computer, but when I went to play it, it said a shader function is not compatible with my video card.  How do I figure out what video card I need for my laptop?  It is an Acer Aspire 5516 with Windows Vista Home Edition x32.  Please help.

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Burf5 years ago
The minimum requirement is: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
Get something a little more powerful just to be sure.
bighead5454 (author)  Burf5 years ago
Is there a site I can search, by make and model of my laptop, for that video card or one that is a little better?
Check out: Nvidia, Asus and Gigabyte's web sites. Or try the retailers: Newegg and Tiger Direct.
frollard Burf5 years ago
Minimum will run it, but it won't be a fun gaming experience.
mooner775 years ago
You should go to to search for a new one
Re-design5 years ago
The software or the software provider should have provided recommendations.