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#1 ghunt

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 09:45 PM

I have a HP Z400 Xeon, which has no on board video and instead has an Nvidia Quardro 2000 installed in it.

 

I'm upgrading to a GTX 950. If I install the drivers beforehand do I have to leave the Nvidia card installed or can I swap it out for the 950? There is an extra PCI x16 slot available, but I wouldnt have any use for the old card.


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Posted 28 November 2015 - 10:18 PM

Uninstall the drivers/software for your current card. Shut down the computer. Disconnect from AC power. Press the power button to bleed off the capacitors. Ground yourself, then remove your current card & replace with the newer. Plug computer in & startup. Would suggest you get the latest drivers for the new card from the manufacturer's website & have them at the ready.


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Posted 28 November 2015 - 10:21 PM

My suggestion is to first delete the Quadro 2000 drivers. Then power down and swap out the cards. Now boot up and install the GTX 950 drivers, then reboot. That should do it. A variation of that would be to delete the Quadro 2000 drivers while the computer is running (obviously :cowboy: ) and then install the GTX 950 drivers. Power down, swap out the cards and boot up. Always read the directions that came with your new card and make sure they don't have an alternate method.


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Posted 30 November 2015 - 01:27 PM

What's the best way to ground yourself? I don't have one of those wrist grounding straps but I could get one if that's recommended.



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Posted 30 November 2015 - 02:49 PM

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 06:14 PM

I just touch a water pipe that runs overhead in my shop; that will discharge any static electricity. Very rarely will you build a charge just standing in one place working on a unit. I have never had a problem in 20 years of doing this.


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