How to switch from integrated video to video card?

I think my integrated video on my 4 yr old gateway desktop is going bad. It does have a slot for me to add a video card. If I had the new video card, will the pc start using the new card by itself or do I need to change a setting somewhere? I don’t play games and just plan on buying a cheap 2 D video card.

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4 Responses to How to switch from integrated video to video card?

  1. marc180 says:

    no just turn off your computer and then put in the new one, turn on your computer and done, your up and running with you new graphics card. but i recommend to buy a new computer because your computer might not be able to handle the new one.

  2. korgmaster says:

    yeah your computer should start using the video card you buy, just make sure you install the drivers and plug your monitor into that video card.

    You can disable your integrated video card by going to the device manager.

  3. deleong87 says:

    yes it will as long as you plug the monitor to the new card. you should check the system requirements on the card you want to buy to make sure you meet them, once you install it you can disable the old one by going to control panel, system, hardware properties, device manager, display, right click on the old one, then disable, and that should do it.

  4. Chickster says:

    I suggest you start your computer. When your Windows O/S is running, go check out your email, or something for a few minutes. Let the program ‘warm up’. (Actually it’s the hardware inside, and Windows)
    Now close your browser, and go back to just the desktop screen.
    Install the CD that comes with the video card. The CD contains the drivers, and other associated software needed. (Best thing to do However, is to consult the Quick Install Instructions that come with the vid card. This takes precedence, over anything I print here!)

    Follow the instructions on the cd.
    Now close this window when done. If it asks you to restart your computer, or gives this option, DON’T! Click on ‘Restart Myself’, or ‘Restart Later’, or whatever. You want to turn the computer off, not restart! Shut the computer down normally. (Start>Turn Off Computer>
    Shut Down)

    When the computer is off, unplug it from the AC source of electricity.
    Unplug all cables. (Power, ethernet, monitor, mouse, etc.) Open the computer. (Work on a table) Lay the computer on it’s side. (You can lay a towel down to keep from scratching the table, or your computer)

    Lay the computer down so that the side that is up, is the open side. (‘Natch!) Touch the metal frame of the computer case. This simple procedure, will alleviate your body of static electricity. Your body contains static electricity. Static will burn out your delicate computer hardware components, in a New York minute!
    With the computer unplugged you’re safe. With you touching the metal frame of the computer case, the computers safe!

    Now take the vid card out of it’s protective anti-static bag, and install it.
    Refrain from using a magnetic-tipped screwdriver. (You’ll need a Philips screwdriver)
    Making sure that you haven’t accidentally jostled any cables loose from the hardware components inside, or that any ram sticks have been jostled loose, close the computer case.

    Plug all cables back in. If you simply pulled the power cable out of the back of the computer, STOP! Unplug this cable from the surge protector. Plug it in the back of the computer. Now plug it in the surge protector.
    If you do it the other way, there is a chance of a voltage spike!
    Sometimes Yes. Sometimes No. Why take a chance?

    Make sure you plugged the monitor into the vid card, and not back into the I/O area where it was before! (I/O=Input/Output. This is the area where your mouse, keyboard, etc., plugs into)
    Wait one minute, after plugging the power cord back into the power supply, in the computer.
    Now turn the computer on.

    Sometimes if you install the graphics card,(Video card. Same/same),
    BEFORE you install the cd with the drivers, Windows selects a generic driver of it’s own. Windows will select a driver that it thinks matches the vid card. This=NO! You will have a conflict!

    Windows: “Hmmm, no drivers? I’ll just match this one to it. What the heck! ” “Wait, a minute! What are these drivers that have been installed now? Which ones do I USE?”

    Edit: Doing it this way will force your BIOS program to change the settings for video. From integrated, (Or Onboard), to PCI, or AGP, or PCI-Express. Depends on what kind of graphics expansion slot ,your Gateway model uses.

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