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Hi I need some help. I have an HP Media Center m7664x PC running Windows XP SP3. I recently tried to play a new game (I don't play many games so I was unprepared) and it seems to have fried my video... I got just a black screen when I turned on the computer. The fans and everything turned on, so I'm assuming I somehow blew my graphics. This motherboard has integrated video. I tried getting a different video card to see if it would fix my problem but it didn't work. I need to know if what video cards are compatible with this motherboard or if I need to get a whole new motherboard... and anything else I'm forgetting or any suggestions would be great. Thanks a lot.
 

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Software can not cause damage to hardware. The most likely problem would be the PSU coincidentally failed. Even if your PSU is good it would need to be upgraded to support a dedicated GPU.
Do you have or can you borrow a known good PSU to try?
 

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I opened up the case and looked at the power supply - It says Max Output Power=300 W. Should I try to replace the power supply, even though the PC still turns on? What would be sufficient, 500 W PSU? Will this possibly fix the graphics issue? Does a motherboard with integrated graphics still allow for a video card in an empty slot? Sorry for all the questions, I'm just trying to get this back up and working, thanks very much.
 

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Since more info is better, I wanted to say that another possible symptom that happened around the same time was that to turn the pc on, I had to press the power button in numerous times before it would turn on. This happened for a week or so before the graphics stopped working. This is still the case - but it does turn on, the fans come on, and the light behind the power button turns on.
 

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The above issues also relate to early symptoms of a failing PSU.
 
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