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Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

Things To Know Before You Start

You should now have everything you need at the ready and preparations can be made for starting the video card upgrade. Disable any anti-virus software that is running and disconnect your internet connection.

Now brace yourself for a little shock. There's a good chance that something will go wrong. I've done a video card upgrade many times and I'd say that at least half the time something went wrong. Could be anything, such as an video card reference driver won't install cleanly and "file not found" errors start occurring. Or it could that one of the tests I run fails in some way, such as by locking up the computer or not giving the expected results. It can be tricky, time-consuming business to diagnose the problem and identify the fix(es) that will get you back to where you were without resorting to GoBack. So if something does go wrong then pat yourself on the back for heeding my advice to include GoBack as part of the procedure. Then head for my Troubleshooting Video Card Problems page for insight I can provide regarding the trouble.

Before making any changes, run the DirectX DXDIAG tests I suggest and run the benchmarks I suggest to ensure everything is working beforehand.

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