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

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

Things To Know Before You Start

You should now have everything you need at the ready and preparations can be made for starting the video card upgrade. Disable any anti-virus software that is running and disconnect your internet connection.

Now brace yourself for a little shock. There's a good chance that something will go wrong. I've done a video card upgrade many times and I'd say that at least half the time something went wrong. Could be anything, such as an video card reference driver won't install cleanly and "file not found" errors start occurring. Or it could that one of the tests I run fails in some way, such as by locking up the computer or not giving the expected results. It can be tricky, time-consuming business to diagnose the problem and identify the fix(es) that will get you back to where you were without resorting to GoBack. So if something does go wrong then pat yourself on the back for heeding my advice to include GoBack as part of the procedure. Then head for my Troubleshooting Video Card Problems page for insight I can provide regarding the trouble.

Before making any changes, run the DirectX DXDIAG tests I suggest and run the benchmarks I suggest to ensure everything is working beforehand.

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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