The ATI Rage 128 Pro video card, no longer in production, features 32 MB of video memory, 1920 by 1200 pixel resolution and a 15-pin D-sub VGA connector. It attaches to the motherboard’s Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot, which was common on computer in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but is rarely found on new computers. If you want to install this video card in your computer, you’ll need to ensure the computer’s motherboard has an AGP slot present. You will also need to have Windows 98 or a later version of Windows installed on the computer.
1. Prepare your computer for service. Turn it off, disconnect the power cord, disconnect any peripheral devices and detach any phone or LAN cables. Press the computer’s power button to discharge any remaining charge in the computer.
2. Open your computer’s case so you can access the motherboard. This will vary depending on your computer, but in most cases, removing the side panel is all that is required.
3. Attach the anti-static wrist strap to you and to a metal area on the computer’s case. This will keep you grounded to the computer and ensure electrostatic discharge doesn’t damage the computer’s components.
4. Locate the AGP slot on the motherboard. If there is no AGP slot available, you cannot use the ATI Rage 128 Pro video card.
5. Remove the AGP slot cover from the rear of the computer’s panel by taking out the Phillips screw and sliding the cover out of its slot. This is the thin metal piece that closes the computer’s rear panel when no card is installed in the AGP slot. If your computer is newer, there may be a lever that holds the cover in place instead of a screw.
6. Align the ATI Rage card above the AGP slot. Notice the slot has a small tab near one end that effectively divides the slots into two sections. There is a small notch on the ATI card that will fit over this tab, ensuring you install the card correctly. Once the card is properly aligned, press straight down on the top edge of the card to seat it in the slot. The rear of the card should be flush with the rear panel.
7. Insert the Phillips screw you removed from the slot cover into the hole on the rear of the ATI Rage card and tighten it to secure the card in place.
8. Close your computer and reconnect the external devices and power cable.
9. Boot the computer and insert the setup disc into the CD-ROM drive. The setup program should start automatically. If not, open the CD-ROM folder in Windows Explorer and double-click the setup program icon. The setup program will install the required drivers and a few software programs that allow you to change the 128 Pro’s settings.