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Which order to follow for replacing a graphics card?

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#1 ptv999


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Posted 02 December 2008 - 10:49 PM

Currently, I have a very bad intel graphics card with its intel driver. I just bought a Nvidia geforce 8500 GT (my pc cannot support anything higher cause of the amp usage) and it is bound to arrive at my house in a few days.

I am just wondering in which order I would uninstall and install drivers and uninstall and install the graphics card itself.
I only have one graphics card slot.

I was thinking of doing this:
So I have my old intel graphics card and the old driver. I turn on the computer and install the new nvidia driver. I turn off the computer, take out the old intel graphics card, put in the new nvidia graphics card, turn on the computer and uninstall the old intel driver.

But I'm not sure whether that would cause the BSOD since I would have two different graphics driver at once upon rebooting.

Another way is:
I have my old intel driver and intel graphics card. I turn the pc on, install the nvidia driver, uninstall the intel graphics driver, turn off the computer, take out the intel graphics card and put in the nvidia graphics card.

Are any of those processes right? If not, which way would I do it?

I'm wondering whether you can run your pc with a graphics card, but without a graphics driver.

Edited by ptv999, 02 December 2008 - 11:53 PM.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 12:11 AM

Here you go, the correct order for replacing the card in 4 easy steps. It will tell you WHY you need to uninstall old drivers first.


You should be able to use the card without the drivers, but for better quality viewing you will need the drivers.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 03 December 2008 - 12:16 AM.

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