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Screen went grey the black

Where do i locate video card slot and which video card do i purchase to replace?

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Theres either a brown or white slot they are long in shape and thin so if you have a brown slot that would be a "agp" if its a white slot that would be a "pci" so open the case and look inside on  the motherboard

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Is there always a free slot for a video card on motherboards that have integrated video cards

Most motherboards have expansion slots, you need to identify the type of expansion slots that are installed eg. PCI. AGP etc.
If your motherboard has an AGP slot (this slot is for graphics card) then purchase an AGP graphics card.
You may need to disable the on-board graphics card in the BIOS setup.

Mar 21, 2012 | HP Pavilion PC Desktops

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Where is the display card located on hp desktop

Display Card is also known as Graphics Card, or Video Card.
It is a separate adapter card that plugs into the motherboard.

On the graphics card is a GPU. Graphics Processing Unit,

(That is the Processor for the graphics card. The graphics card also has it's own graphics ram memory )

IF, a GPU is mounted directly to the motherboard, and not removable, (Therefore not replaceable), it is Integrated Graphics.
Also known as OnBoard graphics.

ON the motherBOARD.

Computer manufacturers, and consumers, erroneously refer to Integrated graphics as a graphics card.

Manufacturer's because they are trying to push a product, consumers because the industry has taught them wrong.

There are several styles of desktop computers. The two main styles with variations, is the 'pizza-box' style, and the tower style.

Depending upon the style, there may be a 'Daughter Card or Daughter board', placed in a slot on the motherboard.
In a slot on the daughter card, the graphics card is placed.

There are 3 main types of graphics expansion slots used. (Older one is ISA, but left out due to age)

PCI, AGP and PCI-Express.
These are technologies. They are also the names of the individual graphics expansion slots, the graphics card sits in.


The slowest of the technologies. Uses a parallel bus, and is handled by the Southbridge chip. (Of the motherboard chipset)

Usually whitish in color. 164 contact pins long. 82 on each side.


Technology that came out for graphics cards after PCI.
Usually Brown or Black in color, but can be any color. Is shorter in length than a PCI slot, and has a Locking Lever.

Located in-between the PCI slots, and the Processor.


Latest technology. Started as PCI-Express 1.0, went to 1.1, then 2.0, then 2.1
Is now at PCI-Express 3.0

Longer than a PCI slot. Colors vary. Has a Locking Lever.
ONLY a PCI-Express x16 slot is used for a graphics card.

Not a PCI-Express x1 slot. (Or PCI-Express x4 slot)

That is the best I can do, until you post the Product Number in a Comment.

This is located on the back of your desktop computer, next to the Windows product key, or up on the side of the tower.

White Service Tag. P/N = Product Number

S/N = Serial Number. DO NOT give out the serial number on a public forum )

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Feb 26, 2012 | HP PC Desktops

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How to replace a video card on a desktop with a integrated motherboard...HP Pavilion p6533w Desktop PC

>Check your motherboard if the slot you have is an AGP or PCI slot. Then purchase and AGP Video card or PCI Video card then that's it!
>The video card will be automatically detected by your computer and so plug the Video cable to the VGA,HDMI,DVI whatever connector you have there... i suggest you purchase an HDMI cable together with the video card it will make your computer's display go WOW!!!!

>comments suggestions ratings and violent reactions will greatly be appreciated thank you...

Sep 26, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Dimension e310- Black screen when powering on, 1 & 2 lights blink

Generally, the 1 and 2 Diagnostic LEDs indicate a failure of a PCI expansion card.
So remove any expansion cards, see if anything changes. If it does, one of the PCI cards is suspect.
If the system has an expansion video card in the PCI-E slot, and removing the PCI cards had no effect, remove the PCI-E video card and connect to the intergrated video port (You may have to remove a black cover from the port) and see if you get video. If you do, then the Expansion video card has failed.

Nov 21, 2009 | Dell PC Desktops

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I have bad quality image, distorted

Hello and thank you for using FixYa Top 3 things that could be causing the problem.
  1. The monitor itself is bad
  2. The video cable is bad
  3. Your video card is bad
Try swapping out monitor with a known good one if you have a spare or purchase an new (If this is not the issue most store will allow you to return them, ask your local retailer)
If you are still having the distortion replace the video cable that plugs from your computer to the monitor (If you end up buying a new monitor it will come with a cable)
If you have done this then I would replace your video card. If you are using on board video (Remove your computers side panel, now compare where the video cable plugs in to the inside of your computer. If it the plug is going into the large circuit board then you are using on board video these can't be replaced unless you replace the entire motherboard(large circuit board)
So it would be cheaper to buy a video card If your computer was purchased before 2005 it should have an AGP graphics slot looks like the on in this picture
If it was purchased after 2005 then you should have a PCI-e slot
You can purchase a video card from your local retailer or online
Here is a link to a video on installing a video card

Nov 04, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I have a hp pavillion a462x with a hp vs19e flat panel monitor. The monitor went black, totally dead. I connected it to another computer and it worked fine. The problem seems to be in the computer. Does...

That could be the video chip if have on board video. I don't know if you have an AGP or PCI slot to add a new video card. The Agp is brown color and always is just one. The PCI are white, and you can have 2, 3 or 4. You can buy some cheap video cards on ebay.

Oct 02, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Black screen on monitor

this will be the onboard VGA adaptor ( driver Missing Corrupt ) there are a couple of things to Try.
1:- remove power from Computer, Locate the Cmos battery ( small round battery that stores Bios Info ) remove battery for 10 seconds. replace. power up and boot.

2:- If your computer has an onboard graphics card Slot. AGP/Pci-express. add an additional card, and attempt to run on that card. to boot the computer, enabling you to re-install the corrupt/missing vga driver.

thankyou for using fixya.

Mike @ Compurepair.

Jul 20, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Profile 5.5 during startup screen goes blank

If the video card is an "onboard type" Is is not easy to replace.If you have a seperate video card, you may replace it with a like type, PCI, AGP,PCIe,etc. or if you computer has an open slot a video card can be added and turn off the "onboard video" in start up screen BIOS .    Since this is a GATEWAY(I do not know the model) computer you also always have the option of a complete restore . Below is their website to download al the info:

Dec 29, 2008 | Gateway Profile 5.5 PC Desktop

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"No Signal" on monitor after boot

hi try to use different slot on your motherboard see if that helps if not try different video card...if that didn't help it might be your motherboard that went bad

Aug 23, 2008 | HP Pavilion a400n (DQ173A#ABA) PC Desktop

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