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Video:Install a PCI Card

with Don Schechter

Learn how to install a PCI Card in a Desktop PC so you can connect new hardware or devices to your computer's central processors, all by yourself.See Transcript

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Transcript:Install a PCI Card

Hi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing.

Before You Install a PCI Card

Before you begin, make sure that you read your manual to see if you have to install any hardware drivers before installing your new PCI card.

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

Next, open the computer. Some computers have a button 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 Slot to Install a PCI Card

Desktop PCs have several PCI slots for you to use. Sometimes these can be hidden below wires, so you may need to gently push those aside.

Depending on how your computer was put together, there might already be cards in a few of the PCI slots.

Find an open one which gives you plenty of space above and below to insert your new PCI card.

Installing a PCI Card

Remove the 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.

Next, align the PCI card directly over the slot in the motherboard. Once this is in place, gently press down on both the front and back of the card until it is snug.

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.

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