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JWC
07-16-2005, 11:56 AM
My used ID is JWC which are my initials for John Cummings. I am one of the the Moderators of the Computer Help forum.

I own my own business as a computer systems software design consultant and system integrator. I have been designing computer hardware/software/systems for 40 years and have been an independent consultant for 15.

Bear in mind that some of you probably know more than I do about some of the user issues. Don't be afraid to jump in and answer the question if you can. Designing and implementing computer systems does not necessarily make me an expert user though I obviously have a lot of experience at that. However, I will try my best to answer all questions. If I don't know, I will find the answer.

katiemack
07-16-2005, 12:14 PM
Hi, John,
My husband wants to upgrade his video graphics card on his HP Pavilion 510c.

He wants to have a DVI monitor, and the pavilion doesn't have the capability.

We researched and believe all it takes is getting a PCI card with the DVI capability. We believe we have to disable the integrated graphics that is on the motherboard at time of install, to make the upgrade possible.

Question: Would you have any recommendations for what type of pci card to buy? Thanks.

JWC
07-16-2005, 11:17 PM
Hi, John,
My husband wants to upgrade his video graphics card on his HP Pavilion 510c.

He wants to have a DVI monitor, and the pavilion doesn't have the capability.

We researched and believe all it takes is getting a PCI card with the DVI capability. We believe we have to disable the integrated graphics that is on the motherboard at time of install, to make the upgrade possible.

Question: Would you have any recommendations for what type of pci card to buy? Thanks.

I don't have an answer for you off the top of my head. I will research it and see what I can come up with. I would be concerned about compatibility. Meanwhile, if anybody else has any suggestions, feel free to post them.

JWC
07-16-2005, 11:46 PM
I don't have an answer for you off the top of my head. I will research it and see what I can come up with. I would be concerned about compatibility. Meanwhile, if anybody else has any suggestions, feel free to post them.

I still do not have a definitive answer for you but the following links should give you some good info to chew on while I continue researching.

http://www.pcbanter.net/showthread.php?t=727406

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&docname=bph05529&product=70993&dlc=en&lang=en

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&docname=c00007413&product=70993&dlc=en&lang=en

katiemack
07-17-2005, 01:00 AM
According to the specs, no AGP slot, so we figure we need to get the PCI card.

Thanks for the links, very helpful.

JWC
07-17-2005, 06:28 AM
According to the specs, no AGP slot, so we figure we need to get the PCI card.

Thanks for the links, very helpful.

You are right, there is no AGP slot. However, that is no problem as there are many DVI Video cards for PCI.

Here is what I have come up with. Installation should be pretty easy. I assume you are running Windows XP. It is pretty well like you said.

1. Disable the on-board video.
2. Install the DVI Video card in a PCI slot.
3. Plug in the monitor to the DVI connector on the video card.
4. Startup your computer and the new video card should be detected by plug and play.
5. Install new driver if necessary.

I do not have DVI video so I do not have personal experience to advise you which is the best DVI Video card to buy. Check out the following links to get user reviews and prices for the video card.

http://www.nextag.com/PCI--zzdvi+video+card+pciz300258z1zB3qz5---html

http://www.pricegrabber.com/search.php?form_keyword=pci%20video%20dvi%20cards&mode=y_us_s&skd=1

http://www.short-media.com/review.php?r=289

I have not run across any mention of compatibility problems with the DVI video.

katiemack
07-18-2005, 12:56 PM
JWC, Thanks for the links....I think we will attempt to do this within the next two weeks....keep your fingers crossed for us! The links are very helpful. Thanks again.

JWC
07-18-2005, 02:05 PM
JWC, Thanks for the links....I think we will attempt to do this within the next two weeks....keep your fingers crossed for us! The links are very helpful. Thanks again.

You are very welcome. I wish you good luck.

somerville
07-18-2005, 09:09 PM
Before upgrading, my question is why does your husband want a DVI video monitor? Is it really an LCD flat panel monitor that he wants? If so, many models are manufactured with a VGA connector, and alot of the newer ones have both DVI and VGA connnectors. DVI is probably the future, so if he were to buy a monitor with both connectors, he would he set when he buys a new computer with a DVI connector for the video.

katiemack
07-19-2005, 05:00 PM
Yes, the dual DVI/VGA he will have on the LCD flat panel...but he doesn't want to buy a new tower, so the fix seems to be get a video card.

somerville
07-19-2005, 05:39 PM
Katiemack, you lost me. Why would would he have to buy a new tower (CPU?)? If his LCD monitor has a VGA connector, why can't he just plug in the current computer to the VGA connector on the monitor, or are there other reasons he wants a new video card instead of the integrated graphics that came with his computer?

katiemack
07-19-2005, 10:48 PM
Hmmmm, it seems he cannot get a digital signal from the cpu he has...he only gets analog....that is what he says. Does that make any more sense or are we way off here....the motherboard is an 82810 Intel, and has no agp....no dvi...so he wants the dvi.....for the sharpest view....or again, are we really going aground here....thanks for your help!

somerville
07-20-2005, 10:14 PM
Katiemack, I would agree that VGA is analog, but quite frankly, I doubt he would notice much, if any, difference over a digital signal. Given the age of his computer, I would save my money and just connect it to the VGA connector. The money saved can be applied to his next computer. Make sure he selects the native resolution for the LCD monitor as his screen resolution in Windows. The documentation that came with the monitor should tell him what the settings should be.

Bobo
08-04-2005, 12:09 AM
First of all you'd be hard pressed to find a PCI/DVI video card. PCI is old tech for video cards, AGP is even on its way out as we have PCI express now which is even faster than AGP.

Then there's the issue of even if you did find one, would the digital picture be any better than analog. I do not think you could tell the difference..... I also like Somerville's suggestion to save that money (video card) for a new box instead of putting it into dead technology.

Bobo

katiemack
08-04-2005, 12:12 AM
Thanks for the straight advice, it has helped. My husband has read all your advice and he thinks he will wait, do as you suggest and save for the next computer. Again, thank you.

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