Video Card Upgrade

An Install Guide On How To Upgrade Your Own Video Card

Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

What You Need - Motherboard/Chipset AGP Drivers

System Information Utility. I used AIDA32 to identifty the AGP specification and motherboard specification within the computer. It's important to use it to verify that the AGP functionality is enabled. Without AGP enabled, everything can "look and feel" fine, at least for the most part or until you give the computer something really graphically challenging to do. But performance is dramatically reduced with AGP disabled. When it was available, AIDA32 Personal System Information was a free download. Nowadays, AIDA32 has been re-packaged as EVEREST Home Edition. Fortunately it's still a free download. I also understand that it's look-and-feel has not changed much. I still refer to AIDA32 since that's what I used, but if you use EVEREST then you shouldn't have any trouble following along.

When you run AIDA32, the first screen will look something like this:
Video Card Upgrade - AIDA32 provides system information


Expand the motherboard section and click on "Chipset". This shows the chipset used on the motherboard. Mine is a Via chipset as you can see where I have circled it in red. AIDA32 is even so kind as to provide links to the chipset manufacturer and to where up-to-date drivers for the chipset can be located as you can see where I have circled it in blue. This page also identifies AGP information about the motherboard, shown where I've circled it in green, including whether or not AGP is enabled and the Current AGP Speed.
Video Card Upgrade - Motherboard chipset
AGP Motherboard Chipset Drivers. For AGP to be enabled, your computer must have the chipset drivers for the motherboard. The file containing the chipset drivers should only be downloaded now. They are installed later. The drivers can be retrieved from the motherboard manufacturer or the motherboard chipset manufacturer. You can try the link provided by AIDA32 or use the AGP Motherboard/Chipset Driver page provided by ATI to track down the right drivers for your computer. The ATI page provides links to the various manufacturers. I downloaded mine from the motherboard chipset manufacturer.

Some video card installs will prompt at some point during the install for the original Windows 98 CD, so you may as well have that handy, just in case.




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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