06-03-2007 12:07 PM
I would like to run it under Vista. It's classified by HP to be "Vista Capable" (Logo" Design for Windows XP. Windows Vista Capable").
As I would like to work with Aero, I'm thinking of getting a graphics card with enough video RAM (possibly 256MB).
I have no idea on which card might be possible, however.
If a "riser card" is added, the machine has 1 PCI slot ; PCI-E is not supported.
In the QuickSpecs
as "options" HP offers two cards:
- NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 64-MB PCI dual head VGA
- NVIDIA Quadro 55 NVS 64MB PCI low profile DVI w/TV-out
AFAICS they both would not be sufficient as they only have 64MB video RAM.
Does anybody know if there are PCI cards on the market which might fit?
And to make things even more complicated:
Would an additional card disable the built-in video ("Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000")?
06-03-2007 12:13 PM
The Technical Reference Guide says:
"Adding a graphics card will, by default, disable the integrated graphics on the system board. The integrated graphics can be
reenabled by changing the BIOS settings in Computer Setup."
06-03-2007 04:18 PM
Aero will work with the built in graphics provided by the intel graphics media accelerator display device.
Ideally you would want dedicated graphics, which all the add-in devices will work, as long as you get the PCI riser card.
Finally, I recommend a minimum of 2 gigs system memory for Vista for optimum performance. Memory is about as cheap as you'll find it right now.
06-03-2007 04:41 PM
06-05-2007 02:41 AM
To add a note to Steven's graphics card. You need to check the length of any graphics card. Most I have seen of the higher end that would be required for Vista/Aero are longer than the 6.6 inch max length available.
Hope this helps.
06-05-2007 01:02 PM
1.) Thanks for pointing to the correct minimum requirements for running Aero.
I had mixed that with the criteria for "Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs".
As for a foreseeable period of time I will most probably not use resolutions higher than 1280*1024 (which is what my 19" monitor supports) I now think that possibly the 128MB shared memory of the Intel graphics processor might be sufficient for Aero - the more as footnote 3 of the "Premium" criteria states:
>> If the GPU uses shared memory, then no additional graphics memory is required beyond the 1 GB system memory requirement; If the GPU uses dedicated memory then 128MB is required.<<
So I might better just postpone the issue of updating the graphics system and see how Aero will work with what's built-in.
2.) Yes, I will add a 1MB module to the two existing 512MB sticks so hat I can run with 2GB in "dual channel" mode.
thanks for pointing to the card.
But as the USDT's power supply only provides 200 watt it's not compatible because of needing > 300 watt I'm out of the game.
Yes, you have been only too right when warning me that the USDT does not allow for much upgrading.
Thanks for pointing to the size issue. There really is not much space (probably not more than in my d530 and it's close to nothing).
Some of the cards (the image of which I saw when searching around) look like real monsters with their additional coolers and fans and for sure would not fit ...
Thanks again all of you.
This is of tremendous value for me.
As a "one-trick-pony" I did hardly ever care about any graphics cards (except when some one-and-a-half dozens of years ago I bought a wonderful ATI card for the docking-station of my LTE
06-02-2009 02:03 PM