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Windows 7: Properer sequence for replacing a video card

11 Mar 2012   #1

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Proper sequence for replacing a video card

Is there a preferred sequence that one should use (and one should avoid) in replacing a video card... to avoid being left in the dark?

On my Dell Dimension 9200 (now on Win 7 Home Edition, 64 bit), I will be replacing its x16 256mb OEM NVidia GeForce 8600GT with a freed up card from another machine (x16 OEM 1GB ATI RADEON HD 5670).

Will this sequence work?:
  • remove all Nvidia software via control panel
  • power down and remove the card
  • insert the replacment ATI card and power up
  • pray it will work with native windows drivers
  • install ATI The AMD Catalyst™ Control center
  • run "auto-detect" the card
  • follow prompts to install the proper drivers.
or is there a safer sequence of steps?

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11 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Looks about right. If you haven't yet may want to download the latest AMD driver,

Latest AMD Catalyst Video Driver for Windows 7

so you have it ready to go. Steps 5 and 6 shouldn't be needed.
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11 Mar 2012   #3


Back in the day prior to Win 7 even Vista I used to use Driver Sweeper to remove leftover driver data that sometimes would impinge on new driver installation. Anyone think its needed anymore? It is located Here: Guru3D - Driver Sweeper .

I never had any issues as of late also uninstalling old drivers via the control panel but thought it might be something worth mentioning......
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12 Mar 2012   #4

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Looks about right. If you haven't yet may want to download the latest AMD driver,

Latest AMD Catalyst Video Driver for Windows 7

so you have it ready to go. Steps 5 and 6 shouldn't be needed.
Thanks for the post.

All done and no issues I am aware of.

Hardest part was actually just physically seating the card - Dell has too many obstructions making it way more frustrating than it needs to be.
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 Properer sequence for replacing a video card

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