AdviceUpgrade GPU? Internal Graphics Card problem???
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Hello Everyone!

I have a
Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower, Intel Core i7 8th Gen
MODEL: 30C5001XUS
OS: Windows 10 Pro

I think I am having issues with the integrated "Intel UHD Graphics 630" card.

The monitor powers up and I quickly see the Lenovo logo followed by the Acer monitor logo and then I lose the signal of the display. Even when I switch the cable from one DisplayPort to the other.

I got a new monitor cable to test, but I am still the same problem (VGA to DisplayPort). The monitor has a VGA connection and the computer has 2 DisplayPorts.

I also replaced the internal battery in the computer and checked the cards, ram, and connections to make sure everything is tight and not loose.

This is why I think it's the "Intel UHD Graphics 630" causing the problem.

Questions:

1. Since the motherboard has two empty slots, is it possible to install another GPU card and bypass the integrated one? Since the display loses the signal to the computer, will windows automatically switch to the new Graphics Card and display on the monitor?

2. What are my options? Which GPU cards would be good to look into for this computer? I do have 64GB for ram. It would be nice to be able to have a better graphics card on this computer for video editing.

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Out of curiosity, have you attempted to use the system with another screen, a screen that has a HDMI/Display Port input, vice versa also, have you tried the current monitor you're attempting to use on another system/something so it gives an actual output?
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I would definitely try a monitor that has DisplayPort connections. I wouldn't call converting vga to DisplayPort ideal or reliable
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Sorry for the late response. I was on the road for a few days. I want to thank everyone responding here to help. You guys are awesome!!!

So, I replaced the internal battery on the motherboard and also got to try another monitor I borrowed from a friend. The computer screen is visible now. It looks like I had a bad monitor.

Now, the problem I am having is that famous infinite loop with the blue "Automatic Repair" screen.

When I got to Advanced Options to try to troubleshoot whether to try and do a "Startup Repair", "Command Prompt", or "System Restore", I get the defaultuser0 login screen asking for a password. There was never a password, but it won't let me bypass this. It keeps asking for a password.

Any suggestions?
Thanks!
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At this point I just want to re initialize windows on my computer completely to start from scratch. I already have backups of the files I need from before.

The problem is installing windows again without already having a boot usb drive and not having another pc to create one.
Also, by not having access to the troubleshooting utilities because of the system asking me for a password for defaultunser0, which a password was not setup for to start with. I am kinda stuck.
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UPDATE:

This is what I ended up doing. I also have a MAC computer so I used a virtual machine on my Mac ( Parallels Desktop ) to create a bootable USB drive for Windows. Once I had that bootable drive, I was able to completely reinstall Windows 10 Pro on my Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower computer. I am up and running again!
I want to thank everyone for your help and suggestions. I appreciate it.


Now my next challenge is to figure out how to upgrade my GPU card to use instead of the integrated "Intel UHD Graphics 630" card inside my computer. I may also need to upgrade my power supply to accommodate the new GPU card.
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Since that is a prebuilt Lenovo desktop, you need to make sure there is a x16 slot on the motherboard to support a graphics card. Also, Lenovo desktops (especially the enterprise ones) have really cruddy power supplies that don't even use standard pinouts. If you find you also want to add a dedicated GPU, you'll need to make sure that whatever power supply you buy will be able to connect to the board.

Also, depending on what you are doing on the computer (for example if you aren't gaming), a small low profile discrete GPU should be adequate, and then you wouldn't need to buy a different power supply. Here's an article listing some GPUs that don't require a power supply to be directly connected to it, and can run directly off the power from the PCIe port:

https://gpuspecs.com/best-graphics-cards/best-graphics-cards-that-do-not-require-external-power
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Thanks. I will be using the pc for video editing and 2d animation
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