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

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

Remove The Old Video Card

Here's an uncluttered view of the old video card still in my computer taken from the "west". For the purpose of taking unobstructed pictures of the video card, I've temporarily removed two other cards that were in the PCI slots. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
Old video card as it looks installed

It's possible for the old video card to have internal connectors that need to be disconnected or an AGP locking clip that will need to be unlocked. For me using the ABIT KT7A motherboard and an ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card, this was not the case. For reference, here's an example from a different motherboard of what an AGP locking clip looks like in the unlocked position, circled in blue on the AGP slot.
AGP locking clip

The video card is held in place with a slot screw. Remove the slot screw and keep it handy. It will be used with the new video card. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
Old video card slot screw

To remove the old video card from the AGP slot, grasp the video card firmly by the corner and upper edge lift straight up. It's normal to rock the video card a little side-to-side to help work it out of the AGP slot (i.e., to the left-and-right as viewed in the picture, but not rocked in-and-out of the picture), but while still holding the card straight up and while lifting the card straight up. Once the old video card is removed, lay it aside, out of the way. Ideally it should be placed back in its original antistatic bag. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
Old video card being removed

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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