The GeForce 9500 GT graphics card is a PCI-E compatible graphics card created for both general and gaming use. The GeForce is an add-on card, and while installation of the card itself isn't difficult, it does require opening the PC case and plugging the card directly into the motherboard. The only tool required for installation is a Phillips screwdriver, and with an hour's work or less, you can complete the new card's installation and enjoy the new card's features.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- GeForce 9500DT set-up disc
Turn off the power from the case and unplug the power cord from the case's power supply. Set the PC case onto a flat work surface with the left side of the case facing up.
Loop an antistatic wrist strap around your wrist and clip the end of the strap onto a nearby metal surface. The strap prevents the discharge of static electricity from your body to the computer's components.
Remove the screws holding the case cover secured to the case at the rear with the Phillips screwdriver. Slide the cover rearward about two inches, detaching it from the case front, then lift the cover upwards to free it from the case.
Locate the row of PCI expansion slots on the motherboard. The expansion slots are along the edge of the motherboard at the motherboard's base and border the rear of the case. Each slot will align with a slotted opening on the rear of the case.
Remove any existing video card from the system unless you intend to run your computer with two or more cards present. If the second card is also a GeForce 9500DT video card, you can achieve greater graphics speed by running the existing card and the new card together in SLI mode. Remove the existing card by removing the screw holding the card secured to the rear of the case, then push the small latch on the bottom of the card connected to the PCI-E slot downward to unlock the card from the motherboard. Pull the card gently from the motherboard when unlocked.
Locate an open PCI-E slot on the motherboard if retaining the existing video card or install the 9500 GT in the slot from which you've removed the existing card. Remove the rear case slot cover from the case slot aligned with the PCI-E slot by removing the screw holding the cover in place then lifting the cover free.
Align the notch in the bottom of the GeForce 9500 GT card with the PCI-E slot. Push the card gently into the slot until the small latch on the slot flips up onto the base of the card and the video connectors at the rear of the card exit the case through the rear case slot. Make sure the small notch on the top of the metal panel on the card that sits against the case rear aligns with the hole on top of the case rear slot. Secure the card in place by threading a case screw through the notch and into the hole.
Place the SLI bridge card onto the small notch on the top of the card and the pre-existing NVIDIA card in the slot next to it if you decided to retain the old card and run the PC in SLI mode. SLI mode uses both graphics cards in your system to share the video commands, allowing for faster handling of video processes in your PC.
Place the case cover back onto the side of the case and then slide it forward along the case edge so that the front of the cover is inserted into the front case panel. Replace the case screws securing the rear of the cover to the case.
Plug the power cord into the PC power supply. Connect the video card to your PC by plugging the DVI video cable into the rear of the card and into the DVI input on your PC monitor.
Turn on the monitor and the PC. Wait for PC to boot into Windows and then allow the operating system a few minutes to detect the new video card and install a driver for the card's operation.
Place the set-up CD-ROM for the 9500GT into the CD-ROM drive if the operating system finds no driver. Run the set-up program found in the root directory of the CD-ROM by opening Windows Explorer, clicking on the drive letter for your CD-ROM and double-clicking the "Setup.exe" file. Follow the set-up instructions to install the drivers for the graphics card directly from the set-up disc.
Reboot the PC if instructed to do so and then use the computer as normal.
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