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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Stealth3, Jun 26, 2004.

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  1. Stealth3

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    Hi, I was wondering, when you upgrade your video card, how do you know if its compatible with your video card and motherboard? I am thinking of upgrading to a radeon 9800 pro, but im not sure if its compatible with Hp pavilion 764n (P4 2.66GHZ, 512 DDR).

    Thank you
     
  2. Skivvywaver

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    If you have an agp slot, yes. And I think you would.
     
  3. Stealth3

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    Cant I take my old card out and replace it with the new one, or it needs 2 agp slots?
     
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    Most HP computers have onboard video. Check your manual to see if you have a 4X or 8X agp slot; many HPs do. If you have onboard video, you will need to disable it, then install your card and driver.
     
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    The new video card replaces the old video card unless you want a Dual video card setup; ie. for running multiple displays. Your HP seems to have an Nvidia Geforce MX440 with 128MB which is an 4/8x AGP card. You will need to uninstall the drivers in Windows prior to removing the old card and installing any new card.

    The biggest problem you may encounter is that the Radeon 9800 PRO, and all high end cards, require more power and create more heat. Its uncertain if the HP powersupply will be able to supply the power needed for the card, and if it will be able to cope with the extra heat. Cooling can be possibly enhanced by adding additional case fans.
     
  7. Stealth3

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    I received an email from HP telling me that the card is compatible. Doesnt that mean that it has enough power and its able to cool the card down?
    I should email them about the power and cooling just in case.
     
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    Big box mgf's like hp or dell build a system with JUST enough in the way of ps. There is generally little reserve for upgrades. If you run into problems [especially boot problems] with the new card, one of the first places to look is the ps.
     
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    ATI recommends a 350 Watt powersupply for this series of cards, your HP probably has a 200Watt powersupply. While it might work, it will strain the powersupply or cause system instablity.
     
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    I have 2 fans currently on the computer. It came with 2 fans, and im emailing hp to find out about the power supply
     
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    ps= power supply. Sometimes I am too lazy to write out the entire word. Like mgf for manufacturer.
     
  13. Stealth3

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    I found a website to buy cheap powersupplies. What kind do you guys recommend? The people at HP recommended a 200W. Is that enough, or should I get a more powerful ps? Heres the web site http://www.atxpowersupplies.com/
    Once again, thanks guys.
     
  14. crjdriver

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    A replacement ps may or may not fit in the hp case. Measure your existing ps and go to the local compusa or other store and see if their Antec or other units are the same size. With ps [as with most things] you get what you pay for. I use Enlight, Antec, Enermax or Coolmax ps in my builds. Best bang for the buck is Enlight. Last time I checked newegg, they were $38 for a 360W ps.
     
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    BTW I checked that site and they do not even give the name of the mgf. I would be very careful with cheap ps. After seeing a deer explode while troubleshooting a system, I am very down on cheap units.
     
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