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 How to install ATI graphics hardware

Last Updates: 28.09.2010
Article Number: GPU-59

This article provides instructions on how to install ATI graphics hardware into a system to help get your system operating effectively and help resolve issues that you may have experienced during /after installation of the graphics card

Table of Contents
This article is broken into the following sections:

System readiness check:
Before installing your ATI graphics hardware, the following prerequisites must be considered:

  1. Note! Before getting started, ensure that you know the model of your graphics card. It will come in handy for several steps in the process. Refer to Article GPU-55 for information on how to identify your graphics card
  2. Verify that the graphics card is compatible with the motherboard. Refer to the motherboard’s manual for a list of expansion slots that can be used for a graphics card. The following are examples of expansion slots that may be available on a motherboard:
    1. There are four common expansion slots (Refer the system’s manual for further documentation)
      1. Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-E) X16


      2. Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)


      3. Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-E) X1


      4. Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)


  3. Verify that the graphics card’s requirements are met by the system. Refer to the graphics hardware’s retail box or AMD’s Products and Technologies page to determine the system requirements for your graphics card
    1. Note! The power supply is a critical item that must be considered when installing / upgrading a graphics card. An insufficient power supply can prevent the system from functioning properly
      1. To ensure the power supply wattage is sufficient for the system, add up the wattage requirements of each hardware component
      2. Confirm that the wattage output of the power supply is greater than the system’s overall wattage requirements
      3. To view power supplies certified to work with ATI graphics cards, refer to Certified Power Supplies
  4. If applicable, uninstall the old graphics card. Refer to Article GPU-58 for detailed instructions on how to uninstall the old graphics card

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How to install graphics hardware
Note! The following instructions are general steps for installing graphics hardware and should only be used for reference. To prevent damage to the graphics card or other system components, obtain specific instructions for installing the graphics hardware from the graphics card manufacturer or system manufacturer.

  1. The following items will be needed to properly install a new graphics card
    1. Video Card
    2. Phillips screwdriver
    3. Antistatic wrist strap
  2. Warning! The next steps require that the computer is turned off and all external connections to the system are disconnected (power supply cables, audio / video cables, etc) to prevent static damage to the system’s components. Before handling any system components discharge your body’s static electricity by touching the metal surface of the computer chassis or use an antistatic wrist strap connected to a grounded object
  3. Align the graphics card with a free / compatible expansion slot, and press down firmly until the hardware locks in place
    1. For reference,  the following is an example of a PCI-E card installed onto a PCI-E slot on the motherboard



  4. Locate and screw / clip the graphics card onto the case’s mounting bracket
  5. Plug all required internal cables to the ATI graphics card
    1. Some ATI graphics products require connections from the power supply directly to the graphics card
    2. Examples of connections:









  6. Install the latest drivers for the graphics card. For detailed instructions on how to install the latest graphics drivers, refer to:
    1. Article GPU-33 for a Windows 7 based system
    2. Article GPU-1 for a Windows Vista based system
    3. Article GPU-2 for a Windows XP / Windows 2000 based system

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