How to Install a Video Card in an HP Pavilion DV9000

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How to Install a Video Card in an HP Pavilion DV9000
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Like most laptops, the HP Pavilion DV9000 has an integrated video chip soldered into the motherboard. Because this chip cannot be disabled or upgraded, an external device is the only alternative for upgrading the video card. External video cards are USB devices that are used primarily to add one or more displays to a laptop or to add a certain type of video output, such as a DVI port.

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Things you need

  • External video card
  • Appropriate video cabling such as VGA or DVI
  • External computer monitor

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  1. 1

    Connect one end of the USB cable to the device and the other end to an open USB port on the laptop. Some external video cards may plug directly into a USB port without requiring a separate cable.

  2. 2

    Install the video drivers that came with the device. An installation CD should be included with the video card.

  3. 3

    Connect the video card to a display. External video cards for laptops are used to connect external monitors and will not affect the laptop screen. So connect the output from the video card to the monitor's input.

  4. 4

    Adjust the display settings from the Control Panel or with display adaptor applications that may have come with the video card.

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