Now that we have just installed the ATi Radeon 8500
into our systems AGP slot it is time to install the drivers. Whether you buy an
OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or retail video card it will come with a CD-ROM
of drivers. Drivers are software which tell a computer how to use a certain peripheral
To load the drivers insert the CD-ROM
that came with the video card in to your drive. If the CD
doesn't begin to run double click on the "My Computer" icon on
your desktop. Next right click on the CD-ROM and select "AutoPlay
". This should start the driver installation.
Once the software has begun to load
follow the instructions through to the very end, and reboot if necessary.
One thing to keep in mind, usually drivers that are
given to you on the CD are quite old and sometimes even a little buggy. If
you have an internet connection you should always try to go to the
manufacturer's website and download the latest drivers available. Often times
newer drivers improve compatibility and performance!
As you can see installation of hardware is
not very hard at all. The best part is once you know how to
install something like a videocard you now know how to install other add-on devices
like PCI cards.
A few things to remember when you're swapping out a videocard; first remove the previous
videocard's drivers. Sometimes if you don't remove them, they can conflict with the
new card's drivers. When you actually put the video card into the AGP slot press down on
the card firmly until it doesn't go down any further. If the AGP socket has a retention lock,
push down on the card until you hear it click into place.
Installing drivers have never been
easier. Simply insert the driver CD into the CD-ROM and follow the instructions!
Of course though, once you do have the drivers installed, you should update them
with the latest ones you can get your hands on since many times it will bring a
number of improvements to the videocard.
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