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Integrated Video Going Bad? Can I get a PCI Graphics Card??

I own an HP Pavilion a1240n, and it was working great until the other night when I decided to clean it out. Using my air compressor and some low pressure air, I blew some dust out of the case and off of the components and then replaced the cover and returned it to my desk. When I went to power it on, I recieved this black fuzzy screen:

Thinking it was a fluke, I unplugged the monitor and plugged it back in - same thing. Restarted the computer several times, replaced monitor cables, replaced monitors, everything I could think of and still the same black fuzzy screen.

I'm thinking that something I did while cleaning fouled up the Integrated Video Card - that is the only thing that makes sense. I've inspected it for damage as much as possible with it being so hard to get to, but it looks fine. Any ideas?

If it is blown, is there a video card that will fit in my PCI slots? From what I can tell I have a PCI Classic Regular slot - can someone confirm this? Here is what I have:

Now, I'm not wanting to spend a ton of money, but it would be nice if I could find a video card with decent performance so that I can run dual monitors, possibly do some gaming (COD MW1) etc. I would appreciate some recommendations on a budget card that would fit that bill.
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  1. Decent performance via a PCI VGA card and MW1 ? with your P4 machine, i guess this is really hard, as it's hard to find a PCI GFX, Try removing the RAM and cleaning it with any dry cleaner also make sure there's no nails or metal pins that's touching your PCB.

    Anyhow, i guess it's time to upgrade. :D
  2. This doesn't look bad, the Zotac Geforce GT 430 PCI. It's only got 512 mb of DDR 3 but not a bad deal. Newegg has it for $5.00 cheaper but not in stock at the time.
  3. Yah I also suggest upgrading.But if you can't or you'd rather not this card should work.

    Even though it is the lowest card offered from the 5xxx series it is still much much faster than the intergrated GPU.I just don't understand why it is so expensive.I think it has something to do with the PCI slot.

    Or their is the option of the GT430,which is much faster than the 5450.Just note that you will have to upgrade your PSU if you decide to go with the GT430.
  4. Thanks for all the good suggestions. What about something like this:

    or this:

    Would either of these work in my machine?

    I don't know if it's relevant, but I'm running Win XP...
  5. Please do not buy anything ever from BestBuy in terms of computer components. Not saying they are not good, its just that they are more expensive then what you could get on a different online source.

    Answering the question, I have no clue what video cards can still run PCI anymore, yet the suggestion by tinmann will do you well and is probably the best PCI card I have seen.
  6. The Diablotek 7500 is actually worse than your current intergrated GPU.The better of those would be the 6200 but it's really not that much better.I still suggest going with a 5450.
  7. That really sucks. I was hoping to get out of this mess without spending a bunch of money - the computer itself was given to me, and It's definitely not a performance machine. I'm not sure if it's worth spending $100+ on.

    Anyone have any idea how the integrated piece went out like that? No problems before, blew some air across it and then it goes out... doesn't make much sense to me.
  8. Well if you used a high powered air compressor it's possible you may have damage it that way.Theirs hundreds of tiny fragile parts on a motherboard and the force of that much air may have damaged it.Although it might even have been caused by ESD.Who knows.

    Honestly I have no idea why PCI cards are priced so high.Theirs no reason they should be.The PCI slot doesn't even serve a purpose on modern motherboards and i'm sure is going to be outlawed in the next year.
  9. I don't think it was the air that did it - I have a really small compressor - I doubt the air was even 40 psi. Leave it to HP...
  10. did you try removing the RAM and cleaning it ?
  11. How would ram make the display all fuzzy like that?
  12. RAM golden pins might have dust so the signal could be interrupted. it happened a lot with my old Athlon XP machine but it didn't reach that significant disorder, but you might give it a try.
  13. It's possible. I did add some RAM right before cleaning (completely forgot that until you mentioned it) so it might be worth a try. My experience with RAM has been all or nothing - if there's an issue you just get a black screen. That's why I never thought of checking RAM. I'll give it a shot tonight. Crazier things have happened.
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    Actually their are a lot more symptoms then just a black screen if the RAM isn't working properly.

    You should try removing the new RAM stick(s).
  15. I'm no RAM expert, so that's news to me. I'll sure try to restore it to it's original configuration before despairing.
  16. That's not RAM. RAM malfunction would cause fatal errors, not image corruption. You probably do have a bad VGA, or maybe a bad VGA cable. Try another cable/mointor if possible, if not give it a few pushes and twists and see if it makes a difference.
  17. I've tried different cables, different monitors, pushing, pulling, wiggling, barely inserting plug, pushing the plug in with plenty of force - nothing makes any difference on the screen. The only difference you will see is a RED/BLUE/GREEN tint as different pins disconnect, but no change in the pattern on the screen.
  18. Yah that really sounds like the GPU died.
  19. Wonder of wonders... I reset the RAM to the original configuration and it booted right up. Who knew? The extra RAM came from another computer that died in a lightning strike [url=Wonder of wonders... I reset the RAM to the original configuration and it booted right up. Who knew? The extra RAM came from another computer that died in a lightning strike Wonder

    I'm not sure that they aren't messed up from that. Or it could be that they are just incompatible.

    Anyway, thanks to everyone who gave advice - it's nice to fix something without having to spend anything at all.

  20. so it got already fixed ? Now you know that RAM is related to the image failure.
  21. Yeah, I had no idea. You learn something new every day.
  22. Dunno what made you think anything would still work from a computer that got hit by lightening.
  23. I've pulled other pieces from it that worked fine. I guess it's just the MOBO that isn't working - the PS and other components still work.
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