Quick question about installing a new graphics card

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by xakota, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. xakota
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    xakota GBAtemp Fan

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    Do i install the drivers before or after inserting the card?
     
  2. twiztidsinz

    twiztidsinz Taiju Yamada Fan

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    After.

    And you're best off removing the old cards drivers first.
     
  3. xakota
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    I'm not sure how to do that, they're integrated graphics and I don't think I've updated the drivers.
     
  4. shadowkillerdrag

    shadowkillerdrag GBAtemp Regular

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    hmm since its integrated i dont think u have a problem
    just put the card in its slot and dl the nvidia/ati drivers install and ur good
     
  5. Outrager

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    You might want to download them before you install it so it's ready to go when you reboot the computer with the new graphics card in it.
     
  6. twiztidsinz

    twiztidsinz Taiju Yamada Fan

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    Downloading is fine, installing is usually not a good idea.
    Windows should use a default driver for basic usage (usually 640x480 for XP and maybe Vista, I think 7 can get default of 1024x768) which will allow you to install the drivers.
     
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    Uninstall the current drivers from the Add/Remove Programs (Programs And Features) section of the windows control panel.
     
  8. Chhotu uttam

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    if you do not do so your card can blow off like mines and can never be used until and unless you replace it or repair it
     
  9. twiztidsinz

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    troll comment.

    You're not going to damage anything by not removing the driver.
    The only problem you could run into is a possible conflict between the old and new drivers.
     
  10. Berthenk

    Berthenk Epitome of Awesomeness

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    You're doing it wrong if your graphics card blows off.
     
  11. Originality

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    Whilst it is possible for bad drivers to kill a graphics card, it's not likely. I would guess the chances are around 1 in 100,000 (based on the fact that I've heard it happen twice and seen it happen once - in each case the cards were RMA'ed as DoA).

    As for graphics cards blowing up (what I assume is meant by blowing off)... the only time I've seen that happen was a direct result of a bad thermal paste job (it wasn't even thermal paste, which was the first mistake). The smoke was horrible, although I did manage to salvage the motherboard and CPU (but not the HSF).
     
  12. twiztidsinz

    twiztidsinz Taiju Yamada Fan

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    He's not saying bad drivers, he's saying that drivers from an old card will kill the new one, which is 100% UNTRUE.