A video card provides dedicated memory for graphics intensive programs.
A free slot can be used to install a PCI or an AGP video card in a Gateway computer. Video cards increase the graphical performance power of the system, giving users a better experience with graphically intensive games, video programs and other software.
1. Turn off the Gateway computer and unplug the power supply, along with any other external devices or cords. Attach the antistatic strap to your wrist to prevent static electricity from damaging the computer.
2. Remove the cover from the computer’s casing. Depending on the case model, this may require a screwdriver. Some models have a simple handle release, or slide off without tools.
3. Plug the video card firmly into a free AGP or PCI slot on the computer’s motherboard, depending on the compatibility of the video card. Some computer cases require removal of the slot’s external cover panel before a video card will fit into the opening.
4. Connect any other necessary cables to operate the video card. Some video cards require an additional power cord connection from the power supply box. Plug in the appropriate four- or six-pin cord that matches the input plug on the card. Without this plug, some video cards will not function.
5. Replace the computer case cover and reattach if necessary.
6. Plug the power cable back into the computer, along with other external devices. Connect the monitor to the output plug on the new video card rather than returning it to its previous connection. Turn on the computer.
7. Insert the disc included with the video card into the computer’s optical drive, or download the video card drivers from the manufacturer’s website. Run the install files to place the drivers on the computer system.
8. Restart the computer. Many drivers will not take effect until the system resets.