Friday, September 25, 2009

How to Install a new Video Card

The first thing you should consider is choose something that fits your needs. As with the other components it is important to get something that fits your needs. So you need to decide what you want from your computer. Is it a multimedia PC, an office type PC, or a high spec gaming PC? Whatever you choose, for me in my own opinion the faster the better. Now, determine the slots of you’re video card on your motherboard. Is it PCIe? AGP? PCI? Now here are some instructions on how to install a new video card.

  1. Shut down the computer. Disconnect all peripherals from the computer. Remove the cover of the chassis.
  2. Discharge your self first by putting your both hands on the chasses. Otherwise, put on a grounding strap if you have one and follow its instructions.
  3. Remove the computer's back panel if necessary. Unscrew the metal plate on slot holder on the computer's back panel.
  4. Remove old video card gently. If your video card is an AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) insert the video card gently into the agp slot (brown color) but firmly into an AGP slot. Or, if you’re using a PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) video card insert the video card gently but firmly into an available PCIe slot. Don't touch any connectors or its chip on the card.
  5. Screw the video card into the slot holder if it has a screw hole. Reconnect the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Reboot the computer.
  6. If your monitor displays properly, the card is working and it will proceed to windows and you can install its video card driver from the CD.
  7. If you here some beeps and no display on the monitor screen then there’s a problem.
  8. Turn off the computer, unplug all connections. Unscrew and remove the video card again and put it back gently, make sure it plug to the slot properly.
  9. Reboot the computer. If it is now working then proceed to windows and install its driver.