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Changing video cards

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Toyman, May 9, 2007.

  1. Toyman

    Toyman

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    Ok, I haven't done this in a while, and could manage to do it myself, but I'm wondering what the "best" way to do this is.

    I'm running 2 video cards, both nVidia 5200 chipsets, one PCI, one AGP, on Windows XP.

    I'm going to be changing both of them out for better cards, staying with nVidia.

    What order of steps should I take for uninstalling the old drivers, installing the cards, and installing the new drivers?

    I do plan on physically installing them at different times, getting one up and going before installing the other.
     
  2. To uninstall the old drivers use a driver cleaner. You can run it after doing a normal uninstall of the drivers or you should just be able to run the driver cleaner. Depending how new and up to date your Windows XP is Microsoft has a tool that monitors your hardware. If you make large changes in hardware Windows thinks it's being installed on another PC. Then you must call MS.

    http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=745

    or


    http://www.filepedia.com/desktop_software/other_tools/driver_cleaner_pro.cfm

    This latest version unlike previous versons removes the Nvidia folder and everything in it. So if you had more than one thing you wanted to keep it will delete it. Sounds okay for what you want to do though.


    You should download the latest drivers for the new card(s).

    http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

    Then you can go uninstall the old drivers and then run Driver Cleaner. Then shutdown the PC. Install new video card. Boot the the PC.It should start in VGA mode. The device manager will find new hardware. Then install driver for it that you downloaded. The problem is the new Microsoft pirate protection might detect too much hardware change.
     


  3. malkore

    malkore

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    It's worth investigating what drivers the new cards use.

    I'm an ATI guy, and their drivers are usually universal, so I just change out the cards and I'm done.

    Otherwise the info posted already is sound advice to avoid headaches. even with no drivers installed Windows XP will still have native VGA support at a low res so you can get installed what you need to install, drive wise.
     
  4. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

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    Replace the Motherboard.

    Go to PCIE

    better performance all arround.
     
  5. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

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    Replace the Motherboard.

    Go to PCIE

    better performance all arround.
     
  6. Toyman

    Toyman

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    Not an option right now, I have way too much stuff installed and not enough time to do that right now. That's a "later this summer" job. Also, I still haven't decided what the new rig will be hardware wise.