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Solved: First Graphics Card installation...need help!

Discussion in 'Games' started by AnHpComputer, Dec 23, 2010.

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  1. AnHpComputer

    AnHpComputer Thread Starter

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    Like the title says, very first card I've ever bought separate from the machine :D.

    I know how to physically install the card to the motherboard, I'm just not sure how I should go about downloading the new drivers and how to uninstall my old ones.

    My main question is: Is it better to dl the drivers from the cd that came with the card or should I forget about the cd and go straight to the nvidia website and download the drivers there?

    OS: Windows 7
    New card: gtx 460
     
  2. leroys1000

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    The nvidia site usually has the latest drivers available.
    Use those.

    The old driver software can usually be uninstalled
    from programs and features in control panel.
    Uninstall those first,before you shut down to install the card.

    If you are presently using onboard,integrated video,
    disable it in the BIOS setup.

    Make sure you connect the PCI express power connector
    to the new card if it requires one.
     
  3. Mooncatt

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    if this is your first ever card install ill try and be as detailed as i can.
    on your motherboard you should see a long slot and usually written below that slot it should be printed something like PCI-E X16. this is the slot to use. make sure that if any power dongles are needed to power the card that they are connected, these are dongles from the power supply (some low end cards draw their power direct from the mobo)
    as for drivers then you dont really need to isntall the ones from the disc. after slotting in the card you will usually start the PC and it will be in low resolution and then you need to go the the website and download the latest drivers, you will probably have to reboot after that.
    PM if you would like to know some generic gaming settings to turn on/off in the gfx control panel
     
  4. AnHpComputer

    AnHpComputer Thread Starter

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    alright, i got the card in, got the drivers installed, works like a champ for the most part.

    When I'm playing games I notice there's some subtle but noticeable white streaks going up and down the screen. There's also some noticeable screen tearing. Anything I can do to fix this?

    thanks for the replies
     
  5. Mooncatt

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    turn on v-sync that should stop tearing etc
     
  6. AnHpComputer

    AnHpComputer Thread Starter

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    yup, that did the trick.

    thanks
     
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