Can I change the graphics card in a HP laptop

December 15, 2010 at 19:36:36
Specs: Windows XP
I have a wonderful little HP Pavilion dv2000t laptop and the video card is dead. When it is turned on I get the two short beeps and one long beep and nothing is on the screen.

It came with a 128MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7200 installed.

Is there a way for me to replace it? I've been reading about the difficulties involved in replacing video cards and I'm willing to undertake the challenge, if it can be done on this model.

My understanding is that some video cards are actually attached to other components, usually the motherboard. Other than opening it up, is there a way for me to know whether or not this is the case? Will it be worth fixing it up? And can anyone recommend an appropriate video card? I really want to try to fix it. Any advice appreciated.

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December 15, 2010 at 19:56:37
The term CARD is frequently mis-used. If a device adapter is built into the mboard IT'S NOT A CARD !
Almost all laptop models have onboard video - a video adapter built into the mboard - in that case it's NOT a video CARD !
A CARD plugs into a slot, or into a connector, directly attached to the mboard inside the case and is removable.
You can't fix the onboard video adapter if it's actually dead. The only way you can do that is to replace the mboard.

Your model probably DOES have onboard video.

Go here:

scroll down - find the part number on the label on your laptop - p/n
- make note the part of it before the #, then go here:

and click on the same part number in the list - that yields all the parts listings for your model.
- I saw no listing for a video or graphics adapter in the example I looked at, so your model probably has onboard video.

However, if you don't mind having to use an external monitor....

- you MAY be able to get an external monitor to work if you plug into the video port on the computer.
Most of the time when you get no video on a laptop, the video adapter itself is not the problem.

Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting.

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DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor's video cable into / from a video port while the computer is running. Doing so can damage the monitor's circuits and/or the video adapter's circuits.

Some laptops will display on an external monitor without you having to do anything.

If you get no video on an external monitor, some laptops have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / sometimes both / built in display video only - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model.

or - you could by a USB video adapter or another type of video adapter and connect an external monitor to that.

E.g. links to some adapters in a previous post I made:
Laptop video adapters, TV tuners
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