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

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

Video Card Upgrade Benchmark

A video card performance benchmark utility. This is a must-have in order to measure the performance of your video card so you can verify it is working as well as expected. The widely accepted and referenced standard is from Futuremark (formerly known as Madonion). I suggest getting at least 3DMark2001 Second Edition. 3DMark2001 Second Edition requires DirectX 8.1. Futuremark also has the more up-to-date 3DMark03 which can be used on computers with DirectX 9.0 installed.

They are available for free! That's the good news. They are huge downloads though, about 40MB for 3DMark2001 Second Edition and a whopping 170MB for 3DMark03. Dial-up users may find it difficult to download 3DMark2001 Second Edition and virtually impossible to download 3DMark03. It's very important to have at least one of these benchmarks so that you can verify the video card is performing up to expectations after the installation is complete.

The Futuremark benchmarks can be installed now by double-clicking on each downloaded file image. Optionally, they can be run against the existing video card already in the computer before the upgrade so you'll have an idea of how much performance has improved with the new video card. Note that 3DMark2001 Second Edition benchmark won't install unless you have at least DirectX 8.1 on your computer and that 3DMark03 won't install unless you have DirectX 9.

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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