How to switch from onboard graphics to a graphic's card

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How to switch from onboard graphics to a graphic's card
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An on-board graphics card is one that the factory installed inside your computer prior to your purchase of the machine. If you want to switch between your on-board graphics card to a secondary graphics card that you installed at a later date, you will have to disable one and then enable the other using a native Windows application called "Device Manager."

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Right-click the Windows "Computer" desktop icon.

  2. 2

    Click "Properties."

  3. 3

    Click "Device Manager."

  4. 4

    Right-click on the listing for your on-board graphics card under "Display Adapters." Click "Disable." Right-click on the listing for your secondary graphics card under "Display Adapters." Click "Enable." This will switch from your primary graphics card to your secondary graphics card.

Tips and warnings

  • To open the Device Manager in Windows XP, users will need to right-click the "My Computer" icon on your Windows XP desktop and click "Properties." Click on the tab in this window that reads "Hardware," and then click on the button that reads "Device Manager."

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