– Alex –
So you finally realized that the 1MB video card in your system just ain’t gonna cut it anymore because you want to be able to run your desktop at more than 640X480 and only 16 colors, or maybe because you realize that with 5 frames per second your chances of survival in Quake are lower than a frog’s chance of crossing a 10 lane freeway alive at rush hour. You got yourself the latest and greatest video card and now comes the question: How do I install this sucker?
Note: This guide assumes that you bought the correct card and have the correct open slot on your motherboard to install it.
Get the latest driver
Before you even take the new card out of the box, there are a few things you need to do first. The most important thing is to download the latest drivers for the card first. Rest assured, the drivers that come in the box with the new card will be older than Elizabeth Taylor the moment you open the box. Go to the manufacturers web site and get the newest driver first. The file you’ll be downloading will be either a Zip file or a self-extracting Zip file. Save it on your hard drive in a easy to find spot and unzip the file into that folder to have them ready when you need them. The very next step is to print out the instructions for driver installation. This is important because there are two ways of installing the driver. Usually you simply point Windows to the folder containing the driver files when Windows detects the new card and let Windows do the rest. But sometimes the drivers have their own setup program and require you to cancel Windows’ automatic hardware detection and installation and run the setup program instead.
Uninstall the old video driver first
To avoid any possible conflicts and to make the installation as smooth as possible, you need to first uninstall the current video driver. There are two possible methods of uninstalling the old driver and it depends on the manufacturer which one you need to follow. Check out the web site for the manufacturer of your current video card and look for driver uninstallation instructions. If they have special instructions or a special program to do so, follow their instructions.
If they do not require a special uninstall procedure or advise you to use the standard Windows 98 method, follow these steps:
After completing these steps, you’re now ready to remove the old video card and install the new one.