A lot of people are worried about making mistakes when adding hardware to their computer. They are often afraid of causing damage to their system and, in the majority of cases, they are worried for no good reason. Installing a new piece of hardware such as a graphics card is really quite simple if you follow a few easy steps.
Remove the power supply
The computer should be unplugged before work is started and placed on a surface that does not produce static such as a desk and not a carpet. You should earth yourself, or you can leave your computer plugged in to use the earth, but with the wall switch in the off position. If you do this make sure you test to make sure the wall switch or circuit breaker is off before opening the computer casing.
Opening the Casing and Locating the Current Graphics Device
Depending on the casing, there may be screws to remove at the rear of your system to access your motherboard. If there is already have a card installed this should be removed now. This is easily spotted because it is connected to your HDMI or VGA ports at the rear of your system. If there is no graphics card already installed, the system is running with on-board graphics which shares the computer’s motherboard resources. This too may have a HDMI or VGA port, but as it is the main system board it is what everything else in the computer connects to and cannot be removed.
Matching the Slot to the Card
This is easily done because the card will only fit in a slot that is designed for a graphics card. There may be extra casing covering the slot at the rear of the computer to remove which will enable the unit to connect to a monitor. When the correct slot is located the card must be firmly pushed in to place and there will be clips on the side of the slot that should be put in place to hold the card firmly.
Re-connnect and Boot Up
All that remains is to replace any casing and reconnect your monitor in order to boot up. If there was a disk with drivers that came with the card then this should be inserted when the system is fully booted. There may be a situation where connection to the on board graphics would be required until after the graphics drivers have been installed, but this will depend on the operating system.
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