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Whats the best way to change a graphics card?

I build pcs from new all the time so im in familiar territory.  But on occasions I have changed a graphics card in windows 2k or xp and the pc's thrown a fit.  Maybe its because I have not un-installed the drivers full first and put the new card in im not sure I can not remember really.

So I have a Radeon 7500 (64mb) and uprating it to a g-force 5200 (128mb).  ok this isnt much of a jump but its a work pc and the graphics have been jumpy recently and I think the graphics needs slight improvement.

1) Do i uninstall the radeon 7500 drivers
2) Shut down
3) Swap old card for new 5200
4) Boot
5) Install drivers?

Thanks

Mat
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IanThCommented:
set the pc to vga in display properties

shut down

install new card

install driver job done
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JohnnyCanuckCommented:
Uninstall the old drivers, turn off computer, remove old card and install new card, turn computer on, let windows install the new card as standard vga (don't use the real drivers), when windows has completed installing the card as standard vga, install the real drivers.
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HuntyOwner/OperatorCommented:
auraorange, the order you have it is the correct way to change a video card.  The only other thing I would add would be at step #1 you should also remove any mention of the card from the Device Manager.  Not really a necessary step in Windows XP or 2K but it can prevent problems.
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
One thing i was thinking where maybe ive gone wrong before is:

I class removing drivers as uninstalling the device from device manager.

Is this correct or should I go elsewhere to uninstall them?


Cheers

Mat
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JohnnyCanuckCommented:
Removing the card from device manager still leaves the drivers installed.  I know that some drivers will still attempt to load unless they are removed from "add or remove software".  This can cause problems so uninstall the drivers from "add or remove software" as well.
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cczfuryCommented:
Use Add or Remove Software to uninstall and then download Driver Cleaner and install it. Reboot and enter safe mode (press F8) and run driver cleaner to clear the remnants of the old drivers.

Shut down the computer and replace the card. Turn it on, install appropiate drivers from NVIDIA (forceware 71.89 being latest) and directly run the install file.
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HuntyOwner/OperatorCommented:
Agreed with above.
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IanThCommented:
just set the display to vga this will unbind the drivers

then shutdown

then install new card

windows will fdetect it and ask for the driver cd

job done!

done it too many times to forget :)
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