Graphic Card Instal Question

September 29, 2009 at 18:08:15
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a new Graphics Card for my computer because the old one fried and I could not see anything but white on the screen.

In the instructions the first thing it says to do is "Uninstall previous drivers for your old video card in 'Add/Remove Programs' in Windows Control Panel.

How am I supposed to do that when I can't use my computer when the old Video/Graphics doesn't work?
I have to put the new card in, in order to be able to run my computer. Duh?

What should I do, just install the card and software and not worry about the old Drivers?


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September 29, 2009 at 18:30:25
Yep. Just put it in while the computer is off (power cord unplugged) and connect the video cable. Boot up the computer and XP should find the new hardware. Then follow the instruction that came with the card for installing its driver.

The driver for the old card will just be lingering away in the bowels of XP and should you ever happen to install the exact same card, it will be ready with the driver for it.

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September 29, 2009 at 18:33:31
Put the new card in and boot to safe mode--start tapping F8 before the OS starts to load and choose 'safe mode' from the menu. Then check in add/remove programs and see if you can uninstall it there. If not, delete it from device manager. Then reboot to normal mode and install the drivers in the normal manner.

You're sure it's the card and not the monitor?

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September 29, 2009 at 18:34:53
I suggest to uninstall the old driver in any case, right after you booted up with the new card.

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September 29, 2009 at 19:37:09
Thanks all.
Yes, I'm positive it's the graphics card. Tried it on 2 monitors, both did not work and I also but in a graphics card from an old computer and it worked.

But do I really need to Boot into Safe Mode to install this new card & drivers? The instructions do not say to do this.

If I do have to boot into Safe Mode is the "Found New Hardware Wizard" gonna show up?
I'm asking because in the new card instructions it says to click Cancel when it does, then insert the CD that came with it.

I don't understand how you can go about Uninstalling your drivers while you are still using them. This just baffles me, but that is what it is telling me to do. Like I said earlier, it's fried, I can't run it till I put in the new card.

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September 29, 2009 at 20:24:08
If the hardware wizard comes up in safe mode, you can also click cancel.
From the safe mode, you can uninstall the old driver and reboot to normal mode, to install your new graphics card as described by the manufacturer.

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September 29, 2009 at 23:02:35
But is it absolutely necessary to Boot into Safe Mode?

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September 30, 2009 at 13:56:40
Not necessarily, but you might get a blue screen on normal startup, because of when old driver gets loaded.

Try and error !

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