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

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

Video Card Tests - Boot Problems

If all the tests done to this point with DXDIAG and the Futuremark benchmarks complete successfully then it's reasonable to conclude that the video card "works". However there are two boot tests you should do.

By this time, the computer should be physically warm. Shut down the computer. Wait for the fans to stop. Turn the computer back on again. The computer should boot normally. This test fails if the computer's internal speaker emits a "one long beep two short beeps" BIOS error code and the computer does not boot. This error code means the computer does not "see" the video card. See my Troubleshooting Video Card Problems for more information. If this occurs, the computer should boot after pressing the reset button.

The second boot test must be done when the computer is physically cold, say, after it's been sitting turned off for an hour or so. The test is the same. Turn the computer on and it should boot normally, or you may get the "video card not found" error. If the computer encounters the error then wait a few minutes for it to physically warm up and push the reset button. It should boot normally.

You may want to run your own favorite applications through their paces as a final verification that all is well.

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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