switch to video card display

Asked by Bob on 2020-02-11

I have a hp compaq 6005 - Running 16.04.6 I've always use the VGA output.
I now have a larger screen with an HDMI input and my computer has a Video card that has the HDMI output. But have never used it or know what the name of the card is. I thought I could just plug it in and it would work but no. :(
I've done some reading about it but hit the wall of too much info with different instructions. Odds are I'm just not using the right words again, to find out what to do.

Things I have done. Checked additional Drives - No Drives are in use.
I did this because a few pages read that I need Nvidia for a video card. I have no clue what this is or even if I need it. I don't know what to do and I'm not going to try 7 different pages of instaling thing I have no clue if they will work.

I just want to have the display use the HDMI output that is located on the video card That is installed on the computer ever since I've had it.

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2020-02-12
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2020-02-14
Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

For diagnostic purposes please provide the output that you receive for the following commands (to be executed in a terminal window):

uname -a
lsb_release -crid
lshw -C display
xrandr -q

Is the HDMI enabled in BIOS etc?

Bob (smith13) said : #3

I can not find anything in the BIOS about video output.
I do not see and of these words HDMI vga video display screen no words that I see maybe it. Does it have any other odd name it would be called?

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

Please provide the output requested in comment #1

Bob (smith13) said : #5

OK, I found the setting in the BIOS but two things.
The video card is so old there is no support for it anymore even Linux has drop it, it's older than the computer its in. lol
So I'm got to try the VGA cord and that hit yet another problem leading to my next posted question.
 I had to start another question because I can't make changes to the display setting when none are there. If I can't change the resolution I can't get a display on the big screen.
 Then I can't see if the HDMI will work either and odds are this one can't be fixed if the video card is a dinosaur.
But until I fix the display setting problem. This question is on hold.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #6

If you want our help, then you have to provide the diagnostic information (output of the commands)

uname -a
lsb_release -crid
lshw -C display
xrandr -q

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