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How to Install Multiple Video Cards

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With the emergence of Crossfire and SLI video card technologies from ATI and Nvidia, configuring multiple graphics processing units (GPUs) is becoming more commonplace. This technology allows multi-GPUs to work together for faster, more powerful processing. Installing multiple graphics cards is a fairly easy-and-quick process that any computer owner can complete in a few minutes.

How to Upgrade a Laptop's Graphics Card

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Laptop computers are popular with people of all computing habits, from casual users to hardcore gamers. As more media applications such as games and movies are used by laptop owners, many people feel the need to have the video card in their laptop upgraded so that they can run the latest media and games. If you have a laptop and want to upgrade the video card, you may be able to do so.

How to Check What Video Card You Have

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Certain games, graphic utility programs and other types of software have specific video-card requirements. What do you do when you do not know if your computer meets these requirements? Luckily, Windows has made it very easy to find out what kind of hardware your computer is using. Simply follow these instructions and you will soon know exactly what kind of video card you have in your computer.

How to Find Graphics Card Information

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A computer’s graphics card will dictate the quality of movies and video games that a computer will be able to handle. If the specifications are too low, you may find that will not be able to fully enjoy your favorite movie on Blu-Ray or HDVD. Likewise, you may find your computer lacking the ability to run some of the more high-end and graphically intensive games or programs. This makes it necessary for you to know exactly what graphics card you have.

How to Install an Nvidia Video Card

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Nvidia is a leading manufacturer of video cards that are used to process and display complex graphics, such as those found in modern computer games. Installing an Nvidia graphics card is a matter of physically plugging the card into the motherboard, connecting it to a power source and then installing software to tell the operating system how to use the card.

How to Troubleshoot a Video Card

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You may experience problems with your video display for various reasons such as improper display settings or inappropriate card installation. In the following steps, you will discover how to troubleshoot common video card problems.

How to Test Video Card RAM

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The RAM on a video card, like regular system RAM, can fail in a variety of ways. If your screen is filled with artifacts or your system is prone to locking up during graphics-intensive activities like playing video games, bad video RAM may be the cause. Unfortunately, video RAM wasn't historically as easy to test as ordinary RAM. With the help of a 2008 program by Cherkes Mihail called "Video Memory Stress Test," however, anyone can now verify the integrity of their video RAM.

How to Delete Video Card Drivers

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While you have the option of updating your drivers in device manager, this often won't work until you have removed the old drivers first. This is particularly true with regard to video cards for which removing the old drivers is essential. Before you attempt to change your video card drivers, you should check with the card manufacturer's website for installation details. Often the drivers are available in a self-installation program that will complete the entire process automatically (uninstalling old drivers and reinstalling the new ones).

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