Articles :: How To Install a Video Card ::

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


Upgrading is a little different than with a new system. For you to install the video card in an already running and functioning system you must first remove the present cards drivers by going into the control panel which can be located by double clicking on the my computer icon and can be seen in the lower left corner (1).

Double click on the add/remove software icon (2), this will take you into window that shows all of your installed drivers.

Find your current video drivers tab and then left click on the change/remove button (3). This will remove your old display drivers, which is important to insure there are no driver conflicts when installing your new drivers.

For users of Windows OS 95-98-ME before restarting go into the Display Drivers tab as described before, double click on your previous video card tab. Then click on the update driver's tab. Choose Show Me a List, and then choose the Standard Display Adapter setting and click okay after this is done you will be prompted to again restart the system. For people running Windows XP you can skip this step altogether.

Shut the system down open up your case and remove your old video card, then put in the new one securing it with a case screw and close the system back up. Restart your system, and when entering Windows you will be asked for the driver. Direct your system to where you have the drivers located or unzipped, install them, and then restart your system. If you want you can skip the drivers search when Windows asks for it and just use the CD that is included with your card to install the drivers instead.

To change the settings of your new video card right click anywhere on the screen and then left click on properties (1). This will bring you to the main display properties screen. Left click on the Settings tab (2) to change your resolution and color depth. To change your monitor refresh rates or change your advanced video setting click on the advanced setting tab (3). You will then see an entire list of video display options for fine-tuning both your monitor and video settings (4).

Well that wraps that project up I hope this helped you with the task of installing your video card. We have many other useful guides located in our How To section to help you with your computer needs. If you have any questions you can use our great forums or email me directly if you need to. Thanks for visiting the site, until later.


  1. Introduction
  2. New System or Fresh OS Install
  3. Upgrading