The ATI Radeon X1300 Pro is a high-performance video card that can be added to your computer to greatly improve graphics performance. This allows your computer to run PC games at higher resolutions and with advanced lighting and video options, and may also help when using applications that require intensive 3D rendering. The ATI Radeon X1300 Pro comes in both AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port) and PCI-E (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) versions. Adding the ATI Radeon X1300 Pro to your computer requires accessing the motherboard, which can be done by removing the side panel from the chassis.
1. Turn off the computer and monitor. Unplug the power and data cables from the back of the computer.
2. Remove the screws that hold the side panel in place from the back of the computer case. Slide the side panel off of the computer chassis and set it aside.
3. Locate the AGP or PCI-E slot on the motherboard. This slot is typically the top slot on the motherboard (located closest to the CPU) and is a different color than the other card slots. AGP and PCI-E slots are typically purple, green or brown. If the dust cover adjacent to the AGP or PCI-E slot is present, remove it by removing the screw holding it in place with the Phillips screwdriver.
4. Remove the ATI Radeon X1300 Pro graphics card from the anti-static packaging. Remove the plastic dust cover from the copper contacts, if necessary.
5. Insert the edge of the graphics card with the exposed copper contacts into the AGP or PCI-E slot. Line up the video input/output ports with the opening in the back of the computer chassis, then push the card into the slot until completely seated. Fasten the ATI Radeon X1300 Pro into place with the screw from the dust cover that was removed in Step 3.
6. Replace the side panel on the computer chassis and fasten into place. Plug the power and data cables back into the computer. Plug the monitor cable into the video port on the ATI Radeon X1300 Pro graphics card. If using multiple monitors, plug the primary monitor into the video port marked “1” and the second monitor into the video port marked “2.”
7. Turn on the monitor(s) and the computer. If upgrading from an integrated graphics card (one built into the motherboard), the motherboard will typically shut off the integrated graphics card and begin routing video signal through the new card. If not, plug your primary monitor into the old video port and tap “F1,” “F2,” or “Delete” while the computer is booting to enter the system BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). Select the “Advanced Options” or “Integrated Components” option on the menu and disable the integrated graphics card. Save and exit the BIOS, then plug the primary monitor into the ATI Radeon X1300 Pro video port and restart the computer.
8. Insert the ATI Radeon X1300 Pro installation disc into the optical disc drive in your computer. Click the “Install” button and follow the directions displayed in the installation program window to install the drivers and programs necessary to run the graphics card.
9. Click the “Finish” button when the installation is complete. Remove the installation disc from your optical disc drive and restart your computer to finish the installation process.