How to determine vga card for replacement

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-08

I am working on a desktop. There is no video coming to the monitor. I am thinking that the vga card may be bad and needs to be replaced. How do I know which one to buy.  Do I go by the part number on the vga board?  Does any old vga boards work in this pc.  This is HP desktop a250y model.  Thanks
Question by:QCR_Solutions
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    Accepted Solution

    You'll need an AGP card. Look for the AGP8x1 version and it should fit.
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    Any of these will work with your computer:
    ATI All-in-Wonder 9000 Pro/64 MB DDR
    Nvidia GeForce4 MX440-8x AGP/64 MB DDR + TV-out (included)
    Nvidia GeForceFX 5200/128 MB DDR/8x AGP (VGA=DVI+TV-out)
    Nvidia GeForceFX 5600/128 MB DDR/8x AGP (VGA=DVI+TV-out)
    ATI Radeon 9800/128 MB DDR (VGA+TV-out+DVI)
    ATI All-in-Wonder 9000
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    Or of course any PCI Graphic card should fit too. Just don't buy PCI-Express or PCI-X cards

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for all your help.  I took out the vga card and put it back and it started to work.

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