So, if you’re like most computer users, you are very knowledgeable about computer use. You can find files, locate what you need to on the Internet and, perhaps, edit a video or two. However, when it comes to the actual workings of the desktop, not everyone is as smart they once thought they were. This is very true when having to install a graphics card. If you are an avid computer user, especially if you are a fan of game play, than sooner or later you will have to install a graphics card. Most people rely on friends to do this, however, when you find out how simple and easy it is, you’ll be more than happy to install your friends graphics cards.
There are several steps that you must take in order to properly install a graphics card. The first, and most important is to make find out the exact type of graphics card that is compatible with your computer system. Depending on what type of motherboard, or computer manufacturer you have, there will be a list of compatible graphics cards. Secondly, for the job at hand, you will need several tools. These include a SCREWDRIVER that is not magnetized as well and an anti-static wrist strap, which you can find at any computer store. The specifications of these tools are VERY important, especially the wrist strap. Not gathering the right tools could end in utter disaster (for example, ruining your new graphics card by an undetectable shock).
Now that you have all of your tools together, comes the fun part. When you’re looking at your computer tower, take off the left side panel. After you have removed the left side panel, lay the computer down on its side and locate the correct expansion slow. There are several different expansion slots that fit graphics and video cards. These include AGP slots, standard PCI slots, 16x PCI Express slots and 1x PCI Express slots. Once you’ve located the correct expansion slot, it’s time to remove the IO plate. Depending on your computer, the way to remove the plate can vary, but it is, for the most part, very simple.
After removing the IO plate, take your graphics card out of the box and carefully slide the card into the expansion slot. It is common for expansion slots to have a mechanism to hold it in place; however, some computers don’t have this. If that is your case, than you will secure the graphics card by screws or any other method that your computer requires. Don’t worry, it will be very clear what type of method you should use. After you secure the card in its new home, you must then see if this card requires its own power source. If it does, it will clearly state in the installation instructions within the box of the graphics card. Most new/high end graphics cards require a special PCI power connector, and some companies include an adapter with your graphics card. This all depends on the type of graphics card you choose for your computer.
The next step is very important. Plug your computer back into the wall and turn it on, this is to make sure that the graphics card fan is working properly. This is very important, because you don’t want your new graphics card to overheat, causing unfixable damage. After you know whether or not your graphics card fan is working properly, you can then turn the system back off and re-attach the side panel. Now, connect your monitor and turn on your computer. Once your computer running smoothly, you will need into install the graphics card driver. This is found in the box with your graphics card. IMPORTANT NOTE: Some graphics card drivers are an outdated version; always check the manufacturer’s website for updated drivers. This will ensure that you get all you can out of your graphics card. Once all this is finished, you now have a working graphics card.
As you can see, installing a graphics card is not as unpleasant as you may of thought it would be. Actually, it’s quite simple. So, don’t be afraid of your computer, and once you’ve done this, you might find yourself questioning what else you can do to “upgrade” your computer. Congratulations, you have just been bitten by the hardware bug.