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Installing a Video Card: A Memoir
By: Brian
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    2003-12-08

    Table of Contents:
  • Installing a Video Card: A Memoir
  • Warming Up
  • Ready, Set, Go!
  • Piece of Cake, Right?

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    Dev Hardware Writing Contest runner-up, Brian, recounts his experiences in installing his first video card. "You might think that if this idiot was going to fiddle around in places he should not, then at least hed no doubt be talking about an old 486 and a Voodoo 3dfx card built around 1922. But no, being the consummate and self convincing fool that I am, I choose to open (yes open!) my Intel P4 3.06GHz case, tear out the Nvidia FX5600 card with my teeth, and install an ATI Radeon 9800 XT."

    My Journey Begins

    As I sit writing this, my hands are still shaking, my knees are still knocking and beads of sweat are running onto - and no doubt ruining - my wireless keyboard. The reason for my near apoplectic condition is that I have just attempted my first ever graphics card install, and something must have worked because I can see what I am typing!

     

    While the changing of a graphics card for some of you might be something you do while munching some Doritos and sucking on a bottle of beer, I, as a non-believer in the dark forces of techiedom, have never reached into the heart of my computer before, let alone considered taking a bit out and putting another in. You might think that if this idiot was going to fiddle around in places he should not, then at least hed no doubt be talking about an old 486 and a Voodoo 3dfx card built around 1922. But no, being the consummate and self convincing fool that I am, I choose to open (yes open!) my Intel P4 3.06GHz case, tear out the Nvidia FX5600 card with my teeth, and install an ATI Radeon 9800 XT.

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