How to Install a Video Card on a Computer

How to Install a Video Card on a Computer. A video card determines, in part, the number of colors and the resolution you can get from your monitor. These instructions will work for the majority of Pentium or newer PCs running Windows 95/98. If your computer currently has a video chip or your video card requires a change in jumpers or IRQs, installation will be much more complicated.

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Shut down the computer.

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Leave the computer plugged into the surge suppressor.

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Disconnect all peripherals from the computer.

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Remove the cover of the chassis.

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Put on a grounding strap if you have one and follow its instructions. Otherwise, ground yourself by touching a metal part of the chassis.

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Remove the computer's back panel if necessary.

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Remove old video card. Put the new video card into that slot if it will fit physically. Skip to Step 11.

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If upgrading from a PCI card to an ISA card, find an open PCI slot.

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Knock out or unscrew the metal plate on slot holder on the computer's back panel.

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Insert the video card gently but firmly into a slot. Don't touch any connectors on the card. Rock it into position if necessary, but don't force it.

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Replace the back panel and any removed screws. Screw the video card into the slot holder if it has a screw hole.

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Reconnect the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Reboot the computer.

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If your monitor displays properly, the card is working.

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Follow onscreen instructions to install driver and additional software. If Windows doesn't prompt you, manually complete the installation using the Add New Hardware control panel.

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Adjust controls on your monitor and settings in the Display control panel.

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Shut down the computer.

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Replace the computer cover. Reboot the computer.