Just got called round to a mates house to sort their PC out which was playing up. Long and the short, there was no beep on boot and no display. Removing the rubbish looking graphics card and using the on-board graphics, I managed to boot and the PC is now usable again.
Hopefully its not the motherboard and simply just needs a new graphics card.
The machine is a Hewlet Packard (dunno model) and the chipset is NVidia.
The current card is a gigabyte GV-NX73TC512DL-RH Which I have managed to find in a google search - but not from the UKhttp://abc.kharkov.ua/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&manufacturers_id=10&products_id=6156
Obviously a pretty cheap and nasty card!!!!
My mate dont want to spend too much on a replacement. I'd suggested about £30 which he was fine with. They dont play any newish games on it, but who knows in the future.
Just looking on ebuyer, this one seems to be a reasonable card for the money, but if I'm honest, I stopped being interested in graphics performance a long time ago and I'm completely out of touch. What I do have is a dislike for ATI - (never had anything but problems with ATI!)
So.... is this one below a good purchase for the price
which is £40
I'm assuming this one is half decent. Problem is, with the options on there and different model numbers, its difficult to judge without a bit of research. Time I aint got!
Any pointers appreciated.