Updating the video card
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Warning: Even if a graphics card will physically fit and your power supply has enough power (and the right connectors), it may not work.Certain PC vendors including Dell, HP and Acer use custom-designed motherboards.
ATI has a driver removal utiilty you may download to uninstally your ATI driver.
Position it gently, first checking that nothing is blocking its path, then press down firmly on the top of the card to completely seat the connector in its slot. Connect the power supply to the card via the relevant slots. Then fire up your favourite game, ramp up the detail in the Settings menu, and enjoy. If you experience any stuttering you may need to lower the quality settings.
If your PSU doesn’t have the correct connector (usually a black, six-pin block marked PCI-E), check in the box for an adaptor that will hopefully have been supplied. Reconnect the PSU and re-fit the case’s side panel. Head to the graphics card manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest drivers (those supplied on disc may be out of date). Typically, lowering the anti-aliasing and shadow detail levels will improve framerates.
A little like mobile operators do with smartphones, they lock them down so you can't fit different components such as a graphics card (or a SIM from another provider in the case of a phone).
So, be sure to ask your PC manufacturer whether your intended graphics card is supported.
Many modern machines use integrated graphics, which can’t be removed.
If there is a card installed, remove the screw(s) and check for any plastic clips that hold it in place. Ensure the area around the empty slot is clear, then install the new card. Quickly visit Control Panel, Device Manager, Display adapters and check that the graphics card appears with no warning signs that might indicate a problem.
To do this you simply touch a nearby radiator or a metal part of the case while it’s still plugged in.
Next, turn off the PC and unplug it from the mains. If your PC has an existing graphics card you’ll need to remove it now.
If you are using a laptop or a desktop system with an integrated video card (meaning that your video card is not a separate card that is installed in an AGP or PCI-E slot), you will need to visit the website for your system manufacturer in order to download the most recent video card driver.
Below is a list of websites for common laptop system manufacturers: I have downloaded the most up-to-date driver for my video card, now what?
Here we explain to upgrade your graphics card for less than £150.