Upgrading a PC's video card is a simple task that can be done even by someone with no technology knowledge. Even though the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro is an old generation video card, it's still faster than some on-board video chips or older graphics cards. The card has 256MB of dedicated video memory, meaning it won't use some of the system's RAM memory, like on-board graphic cards do, which results in better performance and more system resources.
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Things you need
- ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
- ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Installation CD
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Anti-static wristband
Turn on the PC and wait for Windows to load. Click "Start" and select "Control Panel." Click "Uninstall a Program" and select the current video card's driver and uninstall it.
Shut down the PC and remove all the cables from the case. Remove the screws that hold the side panel in place and slide the panel back a bit and remove it.
Locate the old video card and remove its screw. Check if the AGP slot has any holding mechanism and unlock it and gently pull the old video card out. This step is optional and only applies if you're upgrading from an older dedicated video card.
Insert your ATI Radeon 9600 PRO card, align its connectors with the AGP slot and slowly push it into place. Lock the AGP holding mechanism and fasten the card with the screw.
Put back the side panel, secure it with the screws and reconnect all the cables. Turn on the PC and wait for Windows to load.
Press "Cancel" when Windows prompts you to install the new hardware. Insert the CD that came with your card and run the set-up program to install the drivers. Follow the on-screen instructions and reboot if necessary after the installation.
Tips and warnings
- You can go to the manufacturer's site to download the latest drivers. Complete the required fields and download the latest available drivers for your video card.
- Wear an electrostatic wristband while handling PC components to avoid damage to the computer by electrostatic charge.
- Be careful when pushing the new card into place. Do not push too hard and damage the card or the motherboard.
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