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I'm a bit rusty... Enlighten me again on installing gpu.

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April 30, 2010 9:13:46 PM

i just got my GTX 470, however... last time i fiddled around with my GPU was to press the CMOS button because i screwed up some settings in my attempt to unlock my phenom ii tri core. (i updated BIOS later, unlock was successful, but it was unstable...)


Anyway... what i do first? install new GPU or install new drivers?

i forgot what that little lever does at the end of the PCI-E x16 lane on my Gigabyte mobo. Do i have to fiddle with it, or do i just press down on my new GPU?


and the power connectors... i got the 6-pin and 6+2 pin, do i just pull them out or do you have to squeeze then pull out?

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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 30, 2010 10:40:47 PM

Uninstall old drivers, run driver sweeper, restart, install nVidia drivers, restart + install card, enjoy.
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a b U Graphics card
April 30, 2010 11:16:41 PM

Yep exactly what shadow said. Run Drivesweeper in Safe mode for best results btw.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 12:12:40 AM

Shouldn't you install the card before the drivers? That's how I've always done it anyway. Probably doesn't actually matter.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 12:14:17 AM

I've heard it done so many ways jyjjy. I think it didn't work well with XP because the windows drivers weren't as good as vista/7. When I put my 7600GT in for Vista, I just plopped the card in, though I was using drivers for my integrated 7050 anyways...

I did my described method above for my HD4650 though, minus driver sweeper.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 12:18:12 AM

I've done card then drivers on XP a number of times. Never had a problem. I think they were all Nvidia cards though if that might matter.
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May 1, 2010 12:52:13 AM

eh, do the old drivers work before i install the new ones? and what's with the flipper/lever thing at the end of the PCI-E x16 slot?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 1:10:29 AM

Yeah, definitely uninstall the old drivers and run driver sweeper in safe mode before installing the new card/drivers.
The little lever thing is just to help lock the card in place.
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May 1, 2010 1:29:04 AM

yea... about those levers... i know i'm being anal here but...

am i supposed to lift or push the lever when i remove old card?

THEN

Are you supposed to put the newcard in, then lift or push the lever?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 5:49:54 AM

You push it down when removing. Just inserting the card should return it to its proper position.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 1, 2010 2:19:20 PM

It's akin to install RAM.
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May 8, 2010 2:55:27 AM

Best answer selected by ChronoBodi.
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