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Changing Graphics Card


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#1 MattShizzle

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:15 PM

The instructions say to remove the old one, but I have no idea where it is. Computer is a Gateway DX4831-01e and the old one is what came with - Integrated Intel. I don't want to just pull at stuff and wind up breaking something.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:19 PM

The instructions say to remove the old one, but I have no idea where it is. Computer is a Gateway DX4831-01e and the old one is what came with - Integrated Intel. I don't want to just pull at stuff and wind up breaking something.


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Thats the easy part, you never had one. Integrated means its built into your motherboard. So you may simply just plug in the new one and follow any instructions it comes with.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:38 PM

Still can't figure it out. Not sure where it goes or if the whole thing goes in or what. Here's the card:

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:40 PM

Hmm, upload didn't work - here they are on photobucket:

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 02:45 PM

Also, the instructions that came with are terrible. I think part of it needs to be taken off but not sure if or how.

Edited by MattShizzle, 01 March 2011 - 03:11 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:12 PM

Cool beans, does the card come with a box and can you read off the model number? (mainly for reference)

As for installation, you already have half the work done. (Feel free to refer back to your old thread with the photos that were put up, I'm going to reference those a bit.)

1 ) Right off the bat you need to keep in mind 1 thing, your card takes up 1 PCI express X16 slot ... (PCI-E) for short and your computer has one of those slots available so you do have the correct card type.

2 ) Your card is a bit large, so you've already probably noticed it is going to take up 2 holes in the back of your computer ( 1 for ports, the other for the fan)

3 ) On the back of your PC you should have 2-5 empty metal slots covering the rear of the PC. Are these screwed in or are they just sitting in place?

4 ) Find the longer slot on the computer's motherboard (that big circuit board) ... it should look like this long black one in this photo and have a curly looking clamp on the end. This is the one your graphics card is going to plug into.

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Message back when you've digested all of that or you're unclear on a couple things.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:15 PM

It's this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ZLPS04

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:19 PM

Inside of computer:

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:23 PM

can you get a shot of the inside and the area directly below of the big black fan?

and one of the back, directly behind the pc looking at the ports and those rear silver flaps at the bottom

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:16 PM

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I edited your photo a bit, hope you don't mind. On the back of your desktop there should be a single screw holding together 2 pieces of metal (See Figure #3) You'll need to unscrew that screw and the flap should open allowing you to take out the back peices of metal (See Figure #1 & 2) and (See Figure #4) blocking you from installing the Graphics Card (See Figure #6)

The gold end of the graphics card will slide into the long black slot inside the desktop (See Figure #5) and the fan/HIC logo will be pointed down towards the bottom of the case.

The silver ends will simply slide in and take the place of the 2 metal slides (See Figure #1 & 2) you removed earlier (See Figure #4)

The card should most likely snap in place with very little pressure once it is lined up inside the computer along that long black PCI-E slot just below the big black obnoxious fan.

When you're done don't forget to reattach and screw the back screw and plate (See Figure #3)


...And no.. I'm not signing this artwork.

Edited by Crazy49er, 01 March 2011 - 04:19 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:45 PM

No, there's no screw there. Back of computer:

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:24 PM

The area in quest is lower than what you took a photo of, those small silver panels that you can see at the bottom of that picture, those are what you need to remove.

They'll either have a latch that covers them that needs to be unscrewed or unlocked... or on the inside of the case there will be a screw holding each one in place.

Also try this URL for more information howto_install

Edited by Crazy49er, 01 March 2011 - 05:27 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:25 AM

No there isn't. There are no silver panels - that's just the inside back of the case.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:25 AM

It is a possible chance that the circular cone might block the way to fit in the graphics card but try fitting it first.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:30 AM

Theres a stupid piece of metal on the end of the graphics card that keeps it from going in.




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