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Doc Overclock · 04-26-2002 · Category: Guides

New System or Fresh OS Install

If you are doing a fresh OS install or building a new PC you would first put the card in the AGP slot of the computer as seen below. Start the system and proceed to install your OS and then after the primary OS installation is finished to go into the systems Device Manager to install the video card drivers.

This can be done by right-clicking on the My Computer icon (1), then left-clicking on Properties(2).

Then left-clicking on the Hardware tab (3), then left click the Device Manager button (4).

You will then see the display adapter icon (5) and you need to left-click on it.

Next double left-click on the display icon (6).

Find the Drivers tab (7), left click on it, and direct the system load the driver off the CD or wherever you have the drivers stored in your system.

Some video cards come with their own drivers on an included CD that can be used to install the card as well but many times the drivers tend to be a bit dated so I prefer to use the drivers off the appropriate chipsets home website as these are the most current available to the public.

If using a VIA-chipset motherboard, download the latest drivers from their Web site prior to installing the video drivers. This will insure a more stable system environment and a higher performance output with less glitches or problems after the drivers are installed. The reason for this is the 4 in 1 drivers add additional drivers that help enhance system performance and take advantage of your hardware chipset options.

For NVIDIA based cards I use the Detonator unified drivers that I downloaded off the NVIDIA Web site at

For ATI based cards I use the reference drivers located on the ATI home site that can be downloaded at


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