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Have had a HP Pavilion 520c since 2002 and for the most part I have had reasonable success. However, since the HP warranty has run out, I have decided to clean everything HP out of the computer, add a second 80 gig drive and reload with a retail version of Win XP Home with the Service Pack 1 package. The computer has a ASUS A7V-ML 1.09 mother board. My question may sound simple but I can find no technical details on this board. It has 3 PCI slots (ivory colored) and then one more shorter socket (black). What is this slot used for?
 

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Are you sure the black slot isn't brown, as in a agp slot, is it the top most slot?????
Make sure you know chipset being used, video card model, etc, to download drivers, as you won't find anything as asus on hp proprietary boards
 

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Yes, it is brown and the topmost slot. HP Specs indicate that the chipset is VIA KM133. Belarc Advisor indicates that display adapter is S3 Graphics Inc. ProSavage. Since there is no perceivable video card installed, I assume that it is contained on the motherboard. Do you think I might be able to utilize this slot for AGP?
 

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Doing a quick search on HP.com, here are the motherboard SPECS with a full picture at the bottom.

You have a 4x AGP slot (brown) which can be used for an add on video card.

When you install the new card, go into BIOS and disable the onboard video.
 

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Thanks for the good info. I have now determined that the on board chipset is a ProSavage (KM133) that supports AGP V2.0, 1X/2X/4X/ speeds, 66MHz PCI. Looks like onboard graphics memory is 32 MB. I have an AGP slot available and the question is will I gain significant graphics improvement by installing a reasonably priced AGP card? After looking around I have seen a Radeon 9200se which supports 2X/4X/8X AGP and has 128 MB of video memory. Any comments?
 
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