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Installing a new Grpahics Card(Video Card)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ExplosiveGoats, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. ExplosiveGoats

    ExplosiveGoats New Member

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    How do you install one, i was hoping to get a new one, never bothered with these things.
     
  2. Camel

    Camel New Member

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    what type of motherboard is it? A PCI, AGP or PCI express?
     
  3. ExplosiveGoats

    ExplosiveGoats New Member

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    PCI GeForce 7300 GS.
     
  4. Camel

    Camel New Member

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    what is the make and model of the motherboard?
     
  5. ExplosiveGoats

    ExplosiveGoats New Member

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    Read that going buy it and get it set when i get back.
     
  6. SupermAnthony

    SupermAnthony Man Of Steel

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    Don't forget to buy an anti-static wristband; you don't want to fry your whole rig!!!!!!
     
  7. eleKtro

    eleKtro Contain Your Orgasms

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    I've never used one of those, and I've built a fair few PC's and had no static problems. Just don't try and edit your computer on nylon carpet.
     
  8. ExplosiveGoats

    ExplosiveGoats New Member

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    Alright, will take that into account when adding it.
     
  9. SupermAnthony

    SupermAnthony Man Of Steel

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    That's the difference - you've built a fair few, the TC hasn't. Better safe than sorry, right?
     
  10. Baltoman

    Baltoman Baby Vipah :D

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    totally right, anti- static whristband is totally recomendable
     
  11. kalniel

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    What's are your electric wall sockets like? In the UK we have an earth pin so you can fully earth the case and not have to worry about static (I've also never used a strap).

    In general installing cards is quite simple as long as you've planned for it and have the room in your case and any needed connectors.

    First step is to get rid of all the drivers associated with your existing card and have some ready for the new ones - if it's onboard you may also need to disable it in the BIOS.

    Then shut down, turn off the power (leaving cable plugged in if in the UK for the earthing) and open up the case. Remove the old card, or if there isn't a card remove the expansion slot bracket in line with the slot you are using. Then blow on the socket to remove any dust and slot in the new card - it might be a bit hard to get in if the socket hasn't been used before, but as long as you are lined up properly and exerting force exactly vertically you can push quite hard safely. Connect any required power connectors.

    I usually do up the case right away, but some people prefer to leave the side off incase they need to try again.

    Power on the computer, listen out for any beeps or problems, and go into the BIOS to select the card as the primary graphics adaptor (you may not have to do this).

    Then go into windows - cancel the 'add new hardware' wizards and instead run the driver installation direct from the CD/download. Reboot and you should be good to go :)
     

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