Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
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While today most Video Cards are configured or setup through either software or through Plug-n-Play, if your Video Card has jumpers verify that the jumpers are properly set. The jumpers generally determine the IRQ resource settings.
Additional information about resource settings can be found on our resource page.
Install into Expansion slot
Today, Video cards are capable of connecting into a PCI or AGP slot. Locate an available slot within the computer and gently push the card into the slot until it snaps and holds place. Once the card is in the slot, place a screw into the top of the card to hold the card into position.
Additional information about the computer bus or expansion slots can be found on ourcomputer hardware bus page.
Once the Video Card has been successfully physically installed into the computer, place the case back onto the computer and connect the keyboard, monitor and power to the computer (we recommend that you do not connect all the cables yet, if problems are experienced you may have to disconnect all the cables again).
If your computer has an on-board video card, determine if the Video card can be disabled through BIOS. Turn the computer back on and as it begins booting, enter BIOS setup. If this option is not present in BIOS we recommend your review documentCH000193.
Additional help and information about the BIOS can be found on our BIOS page.
After the card has been installed, your video card should have included software drivers for your operating system.
If the video card did not include drivers or the drivers appear not to work, you can find a listing of drivers on our video card driver page.
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