Replacing failed on-board video w/ sound card on HP Pavilion 502n

By herrsandmann
Jan 1, 2008
  1. My HP Pavilion 502n has on-board video. The computer turns on but will not display anything on the monitor- it'll just put the monitor to sleep. I tried 2 monitors and it has the same affect on both. I tried both monitors on another computer and they both work fine on it, which makes me think that the on-board video unit has failed.
    how can I disable on-board video using "device manager" when I can' t see the display? I'd like to replace it with a video card- do I just install a sound card anyway and hope that it'll work?


  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,875   +332

    You don't replace a graphics with a sound card. They're two different animals. Sure, you can install a sound card but you'll only get sound out of it. You replace graphics with a graphics card.
  3. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 178

    If you only use your computer for the Internet or other word programs (And don't have Vista) then you can probally just pick up a PCI Graphics card on Ebay or off of newegg or any other online reseller.
  4. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    I'm sure that you mean 'replace or install a video card'. I used to own a 502N and I remember that it has no video card slot except PCI. This makes it a bad idea to install a video card in this machine. At this point in time, a 502N is cheaper to replace than try to repair.
  5. herrsandmann

    herrsandmann TS Rookie Topic Starter

    haha. Yeah, I meant, "video card".... sorry.

    So basically, I'm left with installing a PCI graphics card or just buying a new computer. Wow. OK... thanks all.

  6. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 178

    PCI cards are cheap.
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