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#1 Cobra11

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:59 PM

Yes I have searched on how to remove old video card drivers. I am here to see if anyone has any personal experience at it and to check if there is a different way.
Most of what I read says to go into device manager and simply delete driver then run some program to clean it.

Any other thoughts ?

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 09:59 PM

I'm not sure, what exactly you want to do.
Remove old video driver and install some newer one.
Any particular reason, you want to do this?

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:14 PM

Um, because I am purchasing a new video card.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:22 PM

Are you replacing a video card or switching from on-board video to a card?

If replacing a card, here is the way I do it. (even though it isn't necessary to do it this way when changing out the card.)

In device manager, UNINSTALL the old card.

Shut down your computer. Unplug from the power source.

Replace the card, plug back in to the power source, turn the computer on. Windows should find the new hardware.

Install drivers for the new card.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 19 February 2011 - 01:37 PM.


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Posted 19 February 2011 - 06:14 PM

Are you replacing a video card or switching from on-board video to a card?

If replacing a card, here is the way I do it. (even though it isn't necessary to do it this way when changing out the card.)

In device manager, UNINSTALL the old card.

Shut down your computer. Unplug from the power source.

Replace the card, plug back in to the power source, turn the computer on. Windows should find the new hardware.

Install drivers for the new card.


I am replacing a video card. My MB does not have on board video at all. I am just worried that by doing it that way that it will leave some left over files/drivers behind. Thank you for your input.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 11:45 PM

Since you currently have a video card, you can also check Add Remove programs to see if there is any software installed for the card.
If there is, uninstall it.

Your card is a plug and play device. Generally you don't have to uninstall these using device manager. I do it anyway.

There is only one way to find out what happens: just do it. You shouldn't have any problems but if you do, post back.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:15 AM

Driver Sweeper is probably the program that you read about.

Yes. It does work. But use with caution. You must be aware of what you direct it to uninstall as it can\will remove more then just graphics card drivers.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 02:45 AM

Use Driver Sweeper for sure. Make sure you follow directions on how to use it (usually boot into safe mode to run it). Pretty sure you can run it before or after you change your video card, shouldn't make a difference cause you won't have drivers either way..

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 10:48 PM

thanks for the info everyone. Card should be here Thursday, I will post back as to what route I decided to take.




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