Video Card Upgrade
An Install Guide On How To Upgrade Your Own Video Card

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

What You Need - DirectX

The DirectX Diagnostic utility, called DXDIAG, can be used to see the version of DirectX installed on the computer. One way to check if it's installed on your computer is to search the C: drive for "dxdiag.exe" by clicking Start, then clicking on "Find", and then selecting "Files or Folders". Microsoft support includes How to determine the version of DirectX using the DirectX diagnostic tool (Q157730), which shows how to find DirectX and use it to determine the version number. The version number is shown on the first tab, the System tab, in DXDIAG. It looks like this on my computer before beginning the video card upgrade procedure with the DirectX version circled in red. From within DXDIAG, clicking on the "Exit" button returns the computer to the desktop.
DXDIAG System tab with DirectX 9.0b installed

You can download and install the latest version of DirectX at this time if you like - before upgrading the video card, but, as usual, keep GoBack enabled during the upgrade just in case, and run the DirectX Diagnostics and Tests afterwards to be sure the upgrade of DirectX worked before continuing on with the video card upgrade.

Skip Ahead
  How To Update Your Own Computer Video Card - Home
  What You Need For A Video Card Upgrade
  The Video Card
  Hard Drive Restore Utility
  Benchmark Utility
  Reference Video Card Drivers
  Motherboard/Chipset AGP Drivers
  Tour The Existing System Settings
  Things To Know Before You Start
  Enable AGP
  Windows 98 Steps To Remove The Old Video Card Driver
  Change Display Adapter
  Search For Updated Drivers
  Standard VGA Driver
  Install Standard VGA Driver
  Windows XP Steps To Remove The Old Video Card Driver
  How To Remove The Video Card Driver
  Installing The New Video Card
  Finding The Old Video Card
  Remove The Old Video Card
  Insert The New Video Card
  Windows 98 Steps To Add The New Video Card Driver
  Windows XP Steps To Add The New Video Card Driver
  After The Video Card Upgrade
  Tour The New System Settings
  Control Panel Display Properties
  Video Card Driver Settings
  Video Card Diagnostics And Tests
  DXDIAG - DirectX Diagnostics And Tests
  Boot Up Tests
  Troubleshooting Video Card Problems
  Advanced Topics
  Tweaking Video Card Driver Settings
  Windows 2000/XP Monitor Refresh Rate Problem

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