This document applies to HP and Compaq desktop PCs with Windows 95, 98, Me, and XP.
This document provides step-by-step instructions to remove or replace a video card in an HP or Compaq desktop PC.
caution:A power supply upgrade may be required for graphics card upgrade, check with graphics card supplier. You may also find power requirements information in the system requirements for the new video card.
note:The steps in this article are not specific to one type of case design. Your PC model may look different than the images used in this article.
note:Make sure the new video card meets the minimum recommendations for software applications you will be using.
warning:The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
caution:This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.
note:Some video cards require an S/PDIF internal audio cable from the motherboard to the video card for audio used by DVI Dual link output.
note:In some cases, the BIOS does not have the option to disable the onboard video. In this case, select AGP or PCI as the primary output. The BIOS and the operating system should then detect the new video card instead of the onboard video.
note:Original and updated drivers may also exist on the HP Website. Go to Software and Driver Downloads site and enter your PC model number to find software and driver downloads.
note:If files under these pathnames do not appear, double-click the C:\ hard drive icon from My Computer. Click Tools, Folder Options, and click the View tab. Remove the check marks from Hide protected operating system files, and select Show hidden files and folders. Click OK.