I have an Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 and i'm trying to install my Sapphire Vapor X 7770 Graphics Card.
I could do with some help as in the installation guide it says to 'disable any on-board graphics' This is of corse the Intel i5 2500k's HD 3000, that I'm currently using. I am wondering if i should do this or if it will simply black out my screen as i don't have any other graphics to fall back onto when it all goes wrong and i can't see the screen to re-enable the Intel HD 3000 graphics.
If i don't follow this instruction will anything break? Also, for the virtu program that comes with the Motherboard that enables the intel graphics when i'm video converting, surely i need to have the intel graphics enabled for that. I have read through the Motherboards manual and it does not mention that i need to disable on-board graphics. Any step by step instructions or just help with the onboard graphics would really help.
Thanks for any help, much appreciated.
you will need to disable the hd 3000 after you start the computer and then you have to decide to use the sapphire instead. It shouldn't be a problem, i have the same motherboard except for z77 and that wasn't a problem.
might want to check with someone else for z68 though. Just youtube "how to install graphics card on asrock z68 extreme 4"
When you turn on your system, you should see on bottom left or right corner "press" to enter BIOS. On my Asus board it says press <del> to enter BIOS. Go into the BIOS, (check the manual, which will probably point to were onboard graphics is located in BIOS), click disable, then save and exit. When system restarts and goes to desktop, click start, look on the right and see either Computer or Control Panel and look for device manager. Click device manager and click I think display or near it and it should show your graphics card. For example, it would show "GTX570" for me. If it shows, Sapphire 7770, then your good. You can also click start, and in the box that says search files and folders, type: dxdiag then when this loads, click the video tab and your Sapphire should be there as well.
When you install the card, make sure all your connections are good and snug and power is plugged into your card also.
After you save and exit, will need to power off and move the cable from the onboard connector to the GPU. Then power back up. Windows will autodetect and install the basic driver. Then go out and get the latest from AMD.
Thanks guys. I have my Graphics card installed, all i had to do was put it on the Motherboard, plug the 6-pin power in and plug the monitor into the GPU, i didn't have to do anything else. I'm currently downloading the newest drivers. So far no problems! Thanks guys, you've all been really helpful to me.