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Video Card Upgrade Install Guide

Remove The Old Video Card

Here's an uncluttered view of the old video card still in my computer taken from the "west". For the purpose of taking unobstructed pictures of the video card, I've temporarily removed two other cards that were in the PCI slots. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
Old video card as it looks installed


It's possible for the old video card to have internal connectors that need to be disconnected or an AGP locking clip that will need to be unlocked. For me using the ABIT KT7A motherboard and an ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro 128MB video card, this was not the case. For reference, here's an example from a different motherboard of what an AGP locking clip looks like in the unlocked position, circled in blue on the AGP slot.
AGP locking clip


The video card is held in place with a slot screw. Remove the slot screw and keep it handy. It will be used with the new video card. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
Old video card slot screw


To remove the old video card from the AGP slot, grasp the video card firmly by the corner and upper edge lift straight up. It's normal to rock the video card a little side-to-side to help work it out of the AGP slot (i.e., to the left-and-right as viewed in the picture, but not rocked in-and-out of the picture), but while still holding the card straight up and while lifting the card straight up. Once the old video card is removed, lay it aside, out of the way. Ideally it should be placed back in its original antistatic bag. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
Old video card being removed


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