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

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

What You Need - Tour The Existing System Settings

At the time of the video card upgrade, everything was just fine in my computer, but I wanted the extra performance and capabilities of the new video card. That's typically the case. Now, while everything is working and before any changes are made, is a good time to look around and just see how things look. Remember I'm running Windows 98 Second Edition. Other versions of the Windows operating system may do some of these steps slighly differently.

Right-click on the "My Computer" icon. On the pop-up window, click on Properties. The System Properties window opens. Click on the Device Manager tab to see the list of system devices. Clicking on the "+" sign next to Display Adapters shows I have a GeForce3 Ti 200 video card in My Super PC before the upgrade.
System Properties with GeForce3 Ti 200 video card still installed

Right-clicking on the value shown under "Display Adapter", which is "NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200" in my case, brings up a pop-up window. Clicking on "Properties" in the pop-up window brings up this window.
GeForce3 Ti 200 video card properties windows

Clicking on the "Driver" tab and then clicking on the "Driver File Details" button shows which version of the NVIDIA reference drivers are currently in use. In this case, version
GeForce3 Ti 200 video card properties windows

Clicking "OK" twice returns to the System Properties window.

Right-click on "Computer" at the top of the window to get a pop-up menu. Click on Properties in this menu to see the IRQ settings before the upgrade. Scrolling down a little finds the IRQ for the video card at IRQ 10, which I've circled in red. Looks like it's being shared with a few other things. Well as long as it works, that's ok by me.
System Properties with GeForce3 Ti 200 video card still installed

Or you can use AIDA32 to see the current IRQ setting . Here is an example where the old video card is a GeForce4 Ti 4200 video card in a computer running Windows XP. Using AIDA32 may be a little easier and it works for both Windows 98 and Windows XP. Again the IRQ is shared.
System Properties with GeForce4 Ti 4200 video card still installed under Windows XP

Ok, that's good to know. If all goes well then I expect to see correponding values for the new video card. Clicking on Cancel buttons twice gets me back to the desktop.

Now let's see what else. Click on Start, then Settings, then Control Panel. Double-click the Display icon. This brings up the Display Properties window. Click on the Settings tab. On the Settings tab, click on the Advanced button. For the video card I have prior to the upgrade, this brings up the "NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 Properties" window. Clicking on the "GeForce3 Ti 200" tab shows the information below. The sub-window titled "Driver Version Information" shows I have NVIDIA drivers version installed, which are the 40.72 drivers.
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 Properties

Clicking on "Cancel" twice returns the computer to the desktop.

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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