How To Install Graphics Card
A graphics card is an integrated circuit card that helps a computer display pictures and graphics on it's monitor, so if gaming is important to you, you should know how to install graphics card. It is fairly simple process, provided you have some basic know-how of where the hardware goes.
To install graphics card, you will need
- A computer
- Non-magnetic screwdriver
- Anti-static wrist band (optional)
- To start, purchase a graphics card from any computer shop. Make sure it is compatible with your computer. Ask the shop attendant if you are unsure.
- Once you have purchased your graphics card, you are ready to install it. Start by plugging off your computer, and removing the power cable. Remove the side plate of the computer (you will need a screwdriver to unscrew the bolts at the four corners) and place it aside. Now the components on the inside of your computer will be exposed.
- Now, gently lay your computer on it's side. Find either the PCI-Express slot or the AGP slot on your motherboard, depending on which your computer has. If you have never replaced the graphics card before, the PCI/AGP slot on your motherboard will be covered with an IO plate, which will need to be removed. Generally, all it requires is gentle force to twist the IO plate off, though you might also need to use the screwdriver to unscrew bolts that hold it in place.
- Now gently remove the graphics card you purchased from the box, making sure you do not apply too much pressure on it. Insert the graphics card firmly in place in the PCI/AGP slot. Cover it with the IO plate properly.
- Once you are sure that the graphics card is properly fitted in place, reattach the side plate of the computer. Place the computer back in place, and reconnect it to the electricity. Turn your computer back on.
- Now you will need to install the drivers, so that the computer recognizes the graphics card. Your graphics card will come with it's own drivers, so open the box and get the CD's. You will need to insert them into your computers CD-ROM drive and then simply follow the onscreen instructions.