My stock video card died on my HP Z560. It made no video and just gave the beep codes for "bad video". On the advice of this forum, I purchased a new video card from a seller on Ebay. I got an MSI Geforce GT 610. It worked out GREAT in my XP Media Center Edition 2002 computer. This new video card has 2GB memory, an improvement over the stock card which had only 256MB.
Here are the minor steps you have to do to make it fit:
Grab the new video card. Unscrew the full-height connector plate on the back.
Modify the half-height connector plate that ships with the new card a little bit.
Photo shows a half-height video card connector plate after some simple modifications, ready to install.
The procedure is SMASH, DRILL, BEND.
Take the top edge of the half-height plate. Don't put it on the new card yet. Stick the plate in a workbench vise and smash the 90-degree angled tab flat.
The yellow arrows indicate screw holes which we will be concerned with to make the new card line up. Borrow the black plate off the old dead stock card and hold it up against the new half-height plate. Mark the place where the top screw should be. Punch it with a punch. Drill out a little screw hole.
Put the plate back in the vise and bend some of the top of it AWAY so it will fit the computer case. Bend the plate towards the card as shown in the photo.
Put the modified plate on the new video card.
Install the video card in the computer, power it up, and notice no more beeps for "bad video" on bootup. Yay!
Install a screw in the top hole you made. This screw holds the top of the card to the case so it doesn't shift.
Next, install the driver. But HOLD UP if you are running the good old Windows XP MCE 2002. The MSI website driver requires the installation of .NET Framework 4.0 which is NOT compatible with XP MCE. Instead, I located a driver program on the NVIDIA website. During install, pick CUSTOM and UN-check the installation of .NET Framework 4.0. You never want that .NET Framework 4.0 on an XP MCE computer unless you want it to hang during installation, corrupt your XP installation, break your Media Center's Channel Program Guide and generally make your hair fall out.
The NVIDIA "custom" choice will install the driver and a few other elements. Then Windows will detect an NVIDIA audio driver followed by an NVIDIA video driver. Install and reboot.
This video card upgrade is ideal if you use HDMI with a projector. You will have video out the HDMI jack, and the audio will still come out the LEFT/RIGHT RCA jacks on the back of the computer. Nice. However, I understand that if you take the audio off the HDMI connector, this video card upgrade will not serve you well. There will be no sound.
What I noticed after doing this upgrade:
* video works again
* the fan on this video card is quiet
* the video looks really good
* the computer's sound connector wires on the top edge of the old card have nowhere to plug in on this new card. I just laid them in the computer case, don't need them
* the VGA connector on the new card has nowhere to go. I just laid that inside the computer case too. If I wanted to, I could Dremel out a D-shaped hole in the back of the computer case for it. But hey, who wants to fill their computer innards with random bits of metal shavings. Not me, not today.
* During installation, I did not think to look for a driver CD in the box under the packing material. I ended up getting a driver off the NVIDIA website anyway, rather than use an MSI driver.
* this new video card did not heal my machine's problems with DVD playback. I still suffer with choppy video playback and clicking audio on audio peaks. But no problem. I gave up on the internal DVD drive a long time ago. I play BLU-RAYS through an external player to my projector, through an external HDMI switcher.
If you do this upgrade, let me know how it went!