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HP Certified HP Slimline Desktop 290-p0027c onboard graphics/HDMI not working - rant and... options?

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HP Slimline Desktop 290-p0027c
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Hello HP Community,


After 15 years of avoiding all HP products due to the terrible quality, I succumbed to my wife wanting an HP Desktop. So I bought an HP certified refurbished desktop from Microcenter: HP Slimeline Desktop 290-p0027c, for around $400, with a 90 day warranty. Here was a chance for HP to redeem itself. 🙂


I upgraded the 2x8GB slots with 2 8GB DDR4 for $200, because this desktop is a media center and will be connected via HDMI to our 55" LG TV.  So I now have a $600 HP desktop connected to my TV via HDMI.


Everything worked great for 9 months. Then one day, the image on TV flickers and goes black. Turns out the HDMI port "crapped" out. The onboard graphics still outputs to the VGA port, great, but I bought this computer specifically for it's HMDI.


So, ok, HP is still selling crap quality products. Fine, nothing new. Definitely never buying HP ever again, lol, but now I have a $600 computer with no HDMI video output. 


So, I start looking for a compatible graphics card. First I try looking up the model number: Slimline 290-p0027c. Apparently doesn't exist! Fine, the terrible service continues.


but I found:




but no hardware specs. I'm not sure what's going on.


Fine forget the crappy HP website resource. I look at the motherboard itself, and see it has a single PCIex16 slot.

A PCIe 1.0 x16 slot!? WHAT THE H--L!?

PCIe 1.0 x16 slot is from 2003!


What is a PCIe 1.0 slot doing on an supposedly modern desktop motherboard from HP!? I was expecting a PCIe 3.0.


I truly hope I'm wrong about this. Please tell me I'm wrong about this PCIe slot being 1.0. Please!


Yes I know graphics card are backward compatible, but I'm paying for reduced speeds!


So now to my question: Assuming my PCIe 1.0 x 16 slot, what is my best graphics card options in term of price?


Is this a good option?:


Is there a cheaper better option?










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