Most compatible video card upgrade?

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I have an HP pavilion a1020n running on
519J Intel 4 processor,
512MB pc2-3200 ddr2 sdram
200gb ata HD

It's a very basic, bough out the store computer with nothing added to it. I purchased a Radeon 9250 PCI 256MB (no fan) card for it, worked fine for about 2 months, then the pc kept freezing at the xp loading screen. Once I removed the card, computer worked just fine. Could it be overeating? If so, what can I do to fix it?
 

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You could return it as defective. All store bought products should be warrantied for a year either through the store or from the manufacturer of the product.

But it could be a corrupt driver. Have you tried uninstalling the ATI drivers and reinstalling them?
 

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Instaled, uninstalled...everything...do you recommend any other card that might not give me a problem (if it's not a defect?)?
 
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According to this:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...570&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=459880&lang=en

You don't have an AGP or PCI express slot. One thing that may have caused your original problem is the power supply not being capable of handling that video card. Since you indicated that removing the card made the system run fine again, it seems all the more likely that was the culprit.

I'd suggest getting a beefier PSU if you intend to use an add in card. And I think as far as PCI interface goes, that might be about as good a card as you'll want to spend for.
 

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What power supply would you recommend I upgrade to? Is it pretty basic to install? (does the "the same way you took it out, put it back in" principle work?
 
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Looks like that's a regular ATX power supply.

You'll need to check your motherboard and see if the main connector is a 20 pin or 24 pin. You can count the wires going into it to determine which one you have without unplugging it.

They dont' give a power requirement specification for that video card. It would be a great mid-level gaming card, however.

I'd recommend 350-400W power supply. You'll need to stick with a quality manufactuerer--for cheap but reliable, I recommend Sparkle. Here's an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103013

In fact, that's a 20+4 pin connector, which will work on either configuration. I'd recommend that power supply.

Installation is pretty easy, usually just four screws in the back of the case. Look closely, however, and take your time with disconnecting and reconnecting.

Two cautions---1) Be very careful not to disconnect the PSU and drop it into the case--you can imagine what dangers that poses...

2) Be very careful removing and replacing connectors. They can be sticky and tough to remove, and you need to apply pressure straight out and in. No wiggling up and down or back and forth.

Other than that, it's a matter of taking it out and putting it back.
 
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