How to Disable an On-board Video Card in Award BIOS

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Most desktop computers sold today come with an onboard video controller card that can be disabled if it is no longer needed. One reason you may want to disable the onboard video card is to free up memory shared with the video controller and the operating system. Disabling the onboard video can be done once you have installed a new video card or graphics card in your system.

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Things you need

  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Video card

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    Install a New Video Card

  1. 1

    Unplug the computer from the wall outlet.

  2. 2

    Loosen the screws on the back side of the case and remove the side panel. You can loosen the screws by hand or use a flat-head screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Locate a free PCI slot in the motherboard and remove the face plate with the flat-head screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Insert the new video card into the PCI slot and push it into place.

  5. 5

    Replace the screw for the face plate and tighten it with the screwdriver.

  6. 6

    Put the side panel back and tighten the screws on the back of the case.

  7. 7

    Restart the computer and wait while Windows installs the drivers for the video card.

    Update the BIOS

  1. 1

    Turn on your computer and then press the F2 key to access the BIOS.

  2. 2

    Tab down to the "Advanced BIOS Feature" or "Advanced Chipset Feature."

  3. 3

    Enable the option "External VGA" or "Use External Video Card."

  4. 4

    Save your changes and exit the BIOS.

Tips and warnings

  • The Award BIOS should disable the onboard video card automatically when a new video card is detected.
  • Always unplug the computer before opening the case to prevent an electric shock.

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