Yes, I can believe a good tech giving you a list of what he did. Good guy, probably.
I can't see paying someone to install and configure a new video card, though.
The ancient thread may be watched by someone like me who gave up on their own situation and/or just has a very long attention span. Yes, I would have done the simple video card install myself, but it turned out that the BIOS needed tweaking to get the HDMI-out to work. Under my old XP no such tweak was needed, tho' it could be a pain.Working on the PC office end and then having to go to the living room to see if something worked gets old quickly. Further, the living room HT equipment rack requires a very thin person to access the ports. Finally, he also came over to help with issues beyond my skills on a laptop.