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« Reply #75 on: 07 October, 2009, 11:47:42 am »

I see... this sounds confusing.
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« Reply #76 on: 07 October, 2009, 11:50:50 am »

Don't worry. I'll keep it simple.

And you can always ask for a deeper explaination, and in fact, if you don't understand anything, tell me, and I'll try to explain better.
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« Reply #77 on: 07 October, 2009, 11:51:38 am »

Alright.  Well, I probably won't be able to see this until later, so buh bye!
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« Reply #78 on: 07 October, 2009, 11:51:59 am »

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« Reply #79 on: 07 October, 2009, 01:16:38 pm »

Ok then, guide to follow.
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« Reply #80 on: 07 October, 2009, 02:26:55 pm »

So, first off. Checking if your PC is onboard graphics or another card.



If your monitor cable goes into the region of the upgrade bays (the slots above and below the cable) then you have a GPU.

If it goes into the region above (the plate with slots on the left hand side of my fan), then it's onboard.

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I'm going to presume you haven't bought a card yet, have a GPU already in the PC and would suggest you don't buy a new card until you know if your PC is PCI-E or AGP. You also want to buy a better card than the one you have, so make sure you know what you have.
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I'll now tell you how to check what type your machine supports and will walk you through actually changing the card.

To check your type, download and run http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php which will examine your mainboard as well as your CPU. We're not interested in the CPU, so click on the mainboard tab and under Graphic Interface>Version *should* say whether it's AGP or PCI-E. I'd confirm, but I'm on the laptop, so it's not picking it up.
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You will most likely need a *non-magnetic* screwdriver. I cannot stress that enough. If it picks up a screw by magnetism, then it can foul up the insides of your PC.


Next, is opening the case. Unplug the PC after turning the power off at the switch at the back of the PC. Lay it on it's side, and unscrew the cover, which is normally held on by two screws at the back edge where the cover slides on. While doing the following, try to keep touching the metal frame of the PC to ground yourself. Most definetly when you start, at least.




There's the typical insides of a PC. Admittedly a gaming PC, but yeah.




This is the other side of the upgrade slots. The only card in there is my GPU, and it typically sits about there in most PCs.

To take it out, there will normally be two things stopping you from removing it. A screw here;




And a clip under the card, here;




The screw needs to be removed (don't drop it) and the clip needs to be pulled down towards the bottom of the case while the card is gently pulled up. It may need a little bit of effort, but *should not* be forced. There tend to be capacitors around them. *Do NOT damage the capacitors.*


The card itself looks like this:

Don't touch the copper contacts.


And the slot is:
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« Reply #81 on: 07 October, 2009, 03:50:51 pm »

... *head kerplodes*

I was hoping it would be a bit simpler then that...

Anyways, question, isn't there a way to tell what kind of card you already have just looking through your computer?  Like if you use the Diagnostic tool?  I am looking at some info here, which I can post if you want.

I also have a card that I didn't buy(my friend gave me his computer when he moved, though it doesn't have a hard drive; it however has a pretty good card that he payed 600 American dollars for).  I have no idea what kind it is... will I be able to tell by looking at it?

Ad is there any chance I might be able to screw my computer up during this process?
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« Reply #82 on: 07 October, 2009, 03:56:04 pm »

Post what you have.

The card should have serial numbers and other stuff on a sticker on it.

You can find out the type from the serial, usually.

And you're delving into a computer. It's possible to wreck it, yes. You'd have to do something silly, though.
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« Reply #83 on: 07 October, 2009, 04:03:07 pm »

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Name: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip Type: GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
Approx. Total Memory: 1847 MB
Current Display Mode: 1680 X 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Moniter: HP w2007 Wide LCD Moniter

And how silly of something would it take?
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« Reply #84 on: 07 October, 2009, 04:05:58 pm »

You have a PCI-E card.

What's the one you're putting in it?


Spilling something in the case, forcing a part so it breaks, not switching off the power and removing the plug.
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« Reply #85 on: 07 October, 2009, 04:11:44 pm »

I have no idea, it is currently in a different computer...

I'm contemplating leaving it in that computer, and just buying a hard drive for that computer.  It's already a gaming computer(my friend built it himself).

Question: I don't know if you can tell, but with that card, culd I say use an SNES emulator?

And what is a PCI-E card?  Is that good?
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« Reply #86 on: 07 October, 2009, 04:13:00 pm »

That'd probably be easier.

Yes.

And yes.
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« Reply #87 on: 07 October, 2009, 04:15:08 pm »

Oh wait, so let me confirm this;

I already have a good card, and it can run an SNES emulator?  What about a GBA emulator?  PSX?

Sorry if I am being annoying with my questions...
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« Reply #88 on: 07 October, 2009, 04:18:47 pm »

The PCI-E bit is irrelevant, but it should run that emulator no problem.

Your card is ok, but a bit old. It's likely that his is better.
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« Reply #89 on: 07 October, 2009, 04:21:28 pm »

Which emulator?  Or all three?

Yeah, I am sure his is better as well... from what I recall, this wasn't really meant to be a gaming computer.  Meh, I will make sure my laptop can handle games...
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