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Need help to upgrade graphics card HP Pavillion a1150y

I need help figuring out if and where there is an availabel slot to add a video card to my computer

The computer is an HP Pavillion a1150y and it has an Intel(R) 8245G Express Chipset family which if I recall correctly was called ''integrated graphics''. Is this a card that can simply be removed and replaced? If so where do I find it?

The computer is not one of the preconfigured you buy at the electronics stores. No, it was purchased direct from HP by two people who did not know what they were doing. So, is there a way to find these things before I have to open the case?

Any advice about how to upgrade the card will be appreciated. I am probably going to try to get an older and inexpensive card if possible. On a scale of 1 - 10 I am probably a 3 or 4. I've been into the computer a few times to do things, and was successful, but I hardly understand what I am doing.

Thank you for your help,


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First download the manual . That will give you information about the open slots for expansion cards. Intergrated graphics means graphics that are intergrated on the motherboard and cannot be rmoved. They can usually be turned off with in the BIOS set up screen and a Graphics card inserted into either a graphics slot or a PCI slot.   Look in the Spec, for either an AGP slot or a PCIe16 slot.    If found ,Go to either of the two websites below:      or 
Both have graphics cards for sale. The most RAM on ther card, is the primary consideration. You can check the prices for  these.     If you computer has neither the AGP  or PCIe16 slot , they do make plain PCI graphics cards but for the most part it would be a waste of  your money.   Her is the link to download you manual from. Good luck.〈=en&cc=us

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Yes any graphics card will work just depends on the type of picture you want and if you play games. Since it is not factory built hard to tell what kind of PCI/AGP slots are available. To be safe take out the current card and put new one in same slot.

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