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Do I need to remove my old graphics card before putting in a new one?

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January 19, 2014 3:01:28 PM

I mean physically removing them from my computer, I'm not talking about the drivers

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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2014 3:06:21 PM

Yes.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2014 3:06:47 PM

Post your system.

The answer is yes, but if it's onboard, you cannot remove it. You just disable it.


There is generally only one PCIe 16 slot on a Motherboard, unless it's a fullsize ATX board. You will replace the videocard.
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a b U Graphics card
January 19, 2014 3:08:47 PM

Yes you do, unless you plan to Crossfire or SLI it with your new one, but if your new one is a different kind than your old one, then you shouldn't do that, so just remove the old one along with the drivers.
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January 19, 2014 3:09:06 PM

Alec Mowat said:
Post your system.

The answer is yes, but if it's onboard, you cannot remove it. You just disable it.


There is generally only one PCIe 16 slot on a Motherboard, unless it's a fullsize ATX board. You will replace the videocard.


I have a windows vista
hp slimline s3720y
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January 19, 2014 3:10:58 PM

I've looked inside my pc and it looks like its onboard, how would I disable my old graphics card and enable it later if I wanted to?

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January 19, 2014 3:13:00 PM

R-800 said:
I've looked inside my pc and it looks like its onboard, how would I disable my old graphics card and enable it later if I wanted to?



You don't. Install the new cord, and plug the monitor into the card, not the motherboard, then install the video drivers for the card.
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January 19, 2014 3:26:21 PM

shadow32 said:
R-800 said:
I've looked inside my pc and it looks like its onboard, how would I disable my old graphics card and enable it later if I wanted to?



You don't. Install the new cord, and plug the monitor into the card, not the motherboard, then install the video drivers for the card.


You can go into the BIOS when the system boots, usually F2 or Del. There should be an option to switch from primary onboard to primary PCIE for the videocard.
It should work without doing that, just plug it in and try it.
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