How To Install A Graphics Card
Learning how to install a graphics card can save you a lot of time and money, and it will give you something constructive to do with your time. Computers seem to be very complex machines, but they are actually fairly simple to put together. Each computer part is plugged into another part, just like you would plug something into an outlet. Once you know where each plug goes, you will be able to successfully put a computer together on your own.
- Before you install a graphics card, make sure your computer can use the card. Some graphics cards will probably be too powerful for your computer, and in this case, you need to either buy a less powerful card or upgrade the computer. Otherwise, your computer will be bottle necking and the new card will be a waste of your money. Check the graphics card’s box to find the minimum requirements and make sure your computer at least meets these demands.
- To install a graphics card, you need to first uninstall the drivers for the old graphics card. After you have uninstalled these drivers, you can turn your computer off and open it up. Next, remove the old graphics card from the computer. You will need to unplug it from the power supply and the motherboard, and this can be a little tricky. You will need to exert some force to unplug it and remove it from the motherboard, but you do not want to pull so hard that you break the motherboard. Take your time and work it out slowly.
- Next, you will need to plug in the new graphics card. Put it where the old one was and plug it into the motherboard first. Then, plug the power supply into the card as well. Make sure it is screwed in tightly, and you can finally put your computer back together and start it up again.
- Finally, you will need to install the drivers that came with your graphics card. Put the CD in your computer that came with the card and install the new graphics card drivers. After you have the new drivers installed on the computer, you will probably need to restart. Once your computer is running again, check for updates to the graphics card drivers and install those as well. Now your graphics card is ready.