One of my older computers has a problem. I think the on-board video adapter quit.
There were earlier indications that it was going bad. When I left the computer on for very long times, the monitor would complain of no-video-signal. A reboot would bring it back.
(I verified by trying a working monitor on this computer -- still doesn't work; and by trying the original monitor on another computer, which works fine.)
I suppose the computer itself may be completely dead, though. Possible, but unlikely, I think.
The computer is a HP Pavilion 8570C.
The specs say it has "ATI Rage Pro Turbo graphics with AGP slot".
The BIOS info ( http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?product=58698&lang=en&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&docname=bph04778
) indicates that there is probably a "Default Primary Video Adapter" setting on the "Advanced" menu.
I'd love to just plug in a cheap video card and see it work. Is it likely this will work?
If not, how can I reliably change my BIOS setting without seeing it?
Can't see it, so I can't set it.
Can't set it, so I can't see it.
Help me out of this infinite loop!