Video Card Upgrade

An Install Guide On How To Upgrade Your Own Video Card

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

Tour The New System Settings

Right-click on the "My Computer" icon. On the pop-up window, click on Properties. The System Properties window opens. Click on the Device Manager tab to see the list of system devices. Clicking on the "+" sign next to Display Adapters shows I have an All-In-Wonder 9600 Series. Since the video card is the ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB, that's exactly right. There are two entries shown because the ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro is a dual monitor video card.
System properties for ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card


Right-clicking on the value shown under "Display Adapter", which is "ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 SERIES" now, brings up a pop-up window. Clicking on "Properties" in the pop-up window brings up this window.
System properties for ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card


Clicking on the "Driver" tab and then clicking on the "Driver File Details" button shows which version of the ATI reference drivers are currently in use.
System properties for ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card
Clicking "OK" twice returns to the System Properties window as shown in this screenshot.
System Properties with ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card installed


Right-click on "Computer" at the top of the window. A pop-up menu appears. Click on Properties in this menu to see the IRQ settings after the video card upgrade. The IRQ settings are shown. Scrolling down a little finds the IRQ for the video card at IRQ 10, same as it was before and still being shared with the same things as before. Ok, fine.
Computer properties with ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card installed


Click on the "Cancel" button and now select the "Performance" tab on the "System Properties" window to see the window change to look like this. On this window, push the "Graphics..." button.
System performance properties for ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card


The "Advanced Graphics Settings" window appears. The slider next to "Hardware Acceleration:" should already be pushed to the far right "Full" setting. If it's not then you may want to carry-on and run the tests on the following pages while leaving it at whatever setting you have. If all the tests work then come back here and move the slider to "Full" and try the tests again.
System graphics performance properties for ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card

Clicking on "Ok" twice returns to the desktop.




Skip Ahead
  How To Update Your Own Computer Video Card - Home
  What You Need For A Video Card Upgrade
  The Video Card
  Tools
  DirectX
  Hard Drive Restore Utility
  Benchmark Utility
  Reference Video Card Drivers
  Motherboard/Chipset AGP Drivers
  Tour The Existing System Settings
  Things To Know Before You Start
  Enable AGP
  Windows 98 Steps To Remove The Old Video Card Driver
  Change Display Adapter
  Search For Updated Drivers
  Standard VGA Driver
  Install Standard VGA Driver
  Windows XP Steps To Remove The Old Video Card Driver
  How To Remove The Video Card Driver
  Installing The New Video Card
  Finding The Old Video Card
  Remove The Old Video Card
  Insert The New Video Card
  Windows 98 Steps To Add The New Video Card Driver
  Windows XP Steps To Add The New Video Card Driver
  After The Video Card Upgrade
  Tour The New System Settings
  Control Panel Display Properties
  Video Card Driver Settings
  Video Card Diagnostics And Tests
  DXDIAG - DirectX Diagnostics And Tests
  Benchmarks
  Boot Up Tests
  Troubleshooting Video Card Problems
  Advanced Topics
  Overclocking
  Tweaking Video Card Driver Settings
  Windows 2000/XP Monitor Refresh Rate Problem

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