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Video:Install a Video Card

with Don Schechter

Wondering how you can output your video files to your television and other AV screens? Learn how you can install a video card into a desktop PC in just a few minutes.See Transcript

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Transcript:Install a Video Card

Hi I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing and today I'm going to show you how to install a video card in a desktop PC.

Before You Install a Video Card

First, turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.

Next, open the computer. Some computers have a button or buttons that you press to open the box. Some have screws on the rear of the case which must be removed. I just need to remove the screws on the back of the case.

Slide the casing back. Now you have access to the inside of your computer.

Locate AGP Slot to Install a Video Card

First, you must locate your AGP slot which is the special video card slot on your mother board. Sometimes these can be hidden below wires, so you may need to gently push those aside.

It is normally located at the top of all the slots on your motherboard and is slightly shifted to the right.

How to Install a Video Card

Remove the PC card slot cover. Some computers have easy lift-off slot covers while most have screws. I'm just going to remove the screw and pull off the cover.

Let's take a look at the video card. As you can see there is a little hook at the end. This will either be hooked or clamped at the end of the slot.

Next, align the video card directly over the slot in the motherboard. First, hook or clamp the end of the card. Now, gently press down on both the front and back of the card into the slot until it is snug.

After You Install a Video Card

Once the card is seated in the slot, screw or fasten down the card to the case at the PC card slot.

Close up your computer and plug in all of your cables.

Attach your monitor cable to the new video card and boot up your computer.

When you start up the computer, the screen should function normally. If your computer came with any software, install it once your operating system has loaded to optimize the performance of your video card.

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