Can I use an external video card in place of a fried one?

December 4, 2012 at 07:12:33
Specs: Windows XP

I was told that the video card on my HP slimline was fried due to a power surge during the hurricane. I now get no signal from my PC to my monitor. I do not use this PC for gaming, mainly for music and general use. Can I plug in an external video card and attach my monitor to that in order to bypass the dead card?

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#1
December 4, 2012 at 07:24:20

Depends on your computer model but sometimes you can add an internal card.
For this you might have to disable the on-board device from BIOS.

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#2
December 4, 2012 at 07:36:59

Who told your your video card was fried?

First of all, how do you KNOW the graphics chip was fried? Did you test the monitor on another computer? What you may be able to do is to install a low profile, low power add in internal graphics card.

Normally, the first thing that gets damaged is the power supply. So you situation is unusual.

Post the model of the HP computer for better advice.


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#3
December 4, 2012 at 08:21:17

External video card doesn't connect into PCI express slot.
If the onboard video is gone u will still hear post beep and windows login sound, do u hear one the listed sound?
Yes list the system model number.

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#4
December 4, 2012 at 08:52:32

"External video card doesn't connect into PCI express slot"

Drat - I missed the all important "external".
Have amended my #1.

Never tried an external, although on the face of it the idea seems reasonable. If the on-board module is fried I guess there is some risk that a short circuit could reflect back via the motherboard and prevent the external from working.


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#5
December 4, 2012 at 09:38:20

If the computer still runs then there is a good chance the PCIe slot and circuitry is intact. The integrated graphics may still be OK.

We need to hear back from the OP.


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