Installing an AGP Graphics Card

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Intro and Powering Down

Turn Off All Power to the Computer
Turn Off All Power to the Computer. ©Mark Kyrnin

Difficulty:

Simple


Time Required:

5 minutes


Tools Required:

Philips Screwdriver


This guide was developed to instruct users on the proper method for installing an AGP adapter card into a desktop computer system. It is a step-by-step instruction guide with photographs detailing the individual steps. The setup for a PCI graphics adapter is pretty much identical except the card goes into a PCI slot instead of an AGP slot.

Before working on a computer system at all, it is important to power down the system to make it safe. Shut down the operating system if the computer is on. Once the computer has safely closed down, turn off the power to the internals by flipping the switch on the back of the power supply and removing the AC power cord.

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Opening up the Computer Case

Open the Computer Case
Open the Computer Case. ©Mark Kyrnin

Since installing the card requires it be installed inside of the computer, it is now necessary to open up the case. The method for getting to the interior of the case will vary depending upon the case in question. Most new cases use a door or panel that can be removed, but older cases may require that the whole cover be removed. Be sure to unscrew the cover or panel and set aside the screws in a safe place.

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Remove the PC Card Slot Cover

Remove the PC Card Slot Cover
Remove the PC Card Slot Cover. ©Mark Kyrnin

In order to properly install the card into the case, the slot cover that matches up to the AGP card slot needs to be removed. Be sure to check which PC card slot cover lines up with the AGP card slot because it is not always the very far left cover. Removal typically requires unscrewing the cover from the backplane and sliding it out, but some new tool free cases just slide or push out.

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Placing the Card in the AGP Slot

Place the Card in the Slot
Place the Card in the Slot. ©Mark Kyrnin

It is now time to put the AGP card into the slot. To do this, align the AGP card directly over the slot in the motherboard. Gently press down on both the front and back of the card simultaneously to push the card down into the slot. Once the card is seated in the slot, screw or fasten down the card to the case at the PC card slot.

Some AGP cards required additional power from the computer's power supply. This is provided through a 4-pin Molex power connector. If your card requires this, find a free power connector and plug it into the card.

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Closing up the Computer Case

Be Sure to Fasten Down the Cover
Be Sure to Fasten Down the Cover. ©Mark Kyrnin

Once the card is isntalling into the computer, it is time to close up the system. Return the computer cover or panel back to the case. Use the screws that were set aside early to securely fasten the cover or panel to the case.

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Plugging the Monitor In

Plug the Monitor to the Right Connector
Plug the Monitor to the Right Connector. ©Mark Kyrnin

Now that the card is installed into the computer, it is time to plug the monitor into the video card. Many new video cards have multiple connectors now to support more than one monitor. They may also have DVI or Analog connectors. Plug the monitor into the appropriate connector on the video card.

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Power the Computer Up

Plug the Power Back into the Computer
Plug the Power Back into the Computer. ©Mark Kyrnin

At this point, the installation of the AGP graphics card is completed. Power now needs to be restored to the computer by plugging the AC power cord back into the power supply and flipping the power switch on the back of the computer.

Once the computer has booted up into the operating system, drivers for the video card will need to be installed into the operating system. Please refer to the documentation that came with the video card on the proper method for installing the drivers into the operating system.