Advice 1: How to know connector card

If you want to buy a new graphics card, you need to know which connector is equipped with an old map. Today there are video cards with two connectors: AGP and PCI-Express. Connector AGP is already outdated, but the graphics card still seeing him. PCI-Express is the newest. If your graphics card is PCI-Express, this means that if your motherboard supports the connection of two graphics cards simultaneously, you can purchase an additional card and increase the capacity of the video system.
How to know connector card
You will need
  • Computer;
  • - graphics card ATI Radeon or NVIDIA
  • - Catalyst Control Center;
  • program AIDA64 Extreme Edition
Instruction
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If you have a video card ATI Radeon, know the connector on the card using the software Catalyst Control Center. It is on the disk with the drivers. If it is not installed, install it.
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After installing the program, click on an empty area of the desktop, right-click and select Catalyst Control Center. In the window that appears, select "Advanced" and click "Next". In the next window, in the upper left corner, locate the arrow and click on it with the left mouse button. In the resulting menu, select the component "Information center". Then click on the tab "Hardware graphics". Next, under the Item" find "the features of the graphics bus. On the contrary, in the section "Value" and will be written type of connector your video card.
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If you have an NVIDIA card, or you don't know the model of your graphics adapter, use monitoring and diagnostics computer - AIDA64 Extreme Edition. Download it from the Internet and install it on your computer. Run the application.
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After starting the program you will see two Windows. In the left window locate the feature called "Display". Beside the component is the arrow. Click on it with the left mouse button. In the list of devices, select the "Graphics processor". Then under "graphics processor Properties", locate the line "Type of tyre". In the section" information about the connector on your graphics card.
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If your video card has failed and you need to know the type of connector need to be replaced, respectively, the computer you turn on. In this case, to know its connector on the motherboard. To do this, disconnect the computer from the mains and remove the cover of the system unit. Near the connector, which is connected to the graphics card, it will be written type, namely: AGP or PCI-Express.

Advice 2: How to find video card driver

After reinstalling the operating system, users are faced with the problem of incorrect performance of the computer. The system may not produce the correct screen resolution and incorrect display colors. This happens due to the lack of current version of video driver.
How to find video card driver
Instruction
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To display adapter (video card) to work correctly, it is important to install this version of driver, which would suit not only to the graphics card, but the operating system and its architecture.
To find the video card driver, open "device Manager" and under "display Adapters" to view the properties of the driver. To do this, click the right mouse button on the icon "My computer" and selecting "device Manager", under "display Adapters".
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Clicking on it, right click, open "Properties".
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Now in the tab "Driver" you can find out the version of an installed video card driver.
Useful advice
To get to device Manager through start - control Panel - System - device Manager.

Advice 3: How to know the graphics card model

The situation is quite common when you bought a used laptop or computer and want to update all the drivers for it but don't know the specific model of device installed. Especially insulting if the model of the video card, because to watch movies in lower quality than expected unbearable. Fortunately, in order to know the graphics card model, you can use either built-in operating system and software.
How to know the graphics card model
Instruction
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Model of video card and other devices installed on the computer, Windows detects automatically. Less she needs the extra drivers but, ultimately, all devices are recognized correctly and displayed in a single list. In order to know the graphics card model, go to "device Manager". This can be done either through the "control Panel" (in start menu) or by right-click on the icon "My computer", select "Properties" and then to act depending on the version of Windows.
If you have XP, then go to the Hardware tab and click "device Manager". If you have Windows Vista, then in the opened window, with the calculated performance of the system on the left side under "Tasks" right click "device Manager".
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Further action from the version of the system are independent. In the window that opens, expand the item "display Adapters" by clicking the corresponding " + " icon and you will see the model names of all installed in the system cards.
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In addition to the tools Windows to be installed devices you can also use other specialized software, like Everest. Install and run the program.
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To know the graphics card model on the left side of the main window in the "Menu" select the item "Display". The model graphics card you will see in the tab "Video Windows" on the right side of the main window in the field "device Description".

Advice 4: How to increase the power of the graphics card

The capacity of almost any modern graphics card can be increased. The fact that all graphics cards are produced with the factory settings, and to be safe, producers do not set the processor speed and the speed of the memory to the maximum. With the standard cooling the card can be overclocked by 10-15% without problems. If you use additional cooling, the power of the graphics adapter it is possible to disperse more than 20%. This will significantly increase the performance of the Board in video games.
How to increase the power of the graphics card
You will need
  • Computer;
  • - video card ATI or nVidia;
  • software Catalyst Control Center for ATI video cards;
  • program RivaTuner for the video card nVidia
Instruction
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If you have a graphics card from ATI, for overclocking you need to install the software Catalyst Control Center. It should be on the driver disk. Also download this app from the official website. Install the app, then restart the computer.
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After rebooting the PC just right click on an empty space on the desktop and in the resulting shortcut menu, choose Control Center. In the window that appears, select "Advanced" and click "Next". Window appears advanced settings. In the upper left corner is the arrow. Click on it with the left mouse button, and then click ATI Overdrive. In the ensuing window, click the lock icon. So you will unlock access to overclocking parameters of a graphics card.
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Now, notice the two strips. They are the sliders. Moving these sliders, you can increase the power of the graphics card. First, slide the top slider slightly to the right. So you will increase the speed of the processor card. Then also move the slider at the bottom of the strip. This way you will increase the speed of the memory card. Then click Apply and OK. The power of the graphics card increased. If the video card is working fine with these settings, you can try to increase the power a little more.
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If you are the owner of graphics card nVidia, you will need RivaTuner. Download it and install on your computer. Run the program. In the main menu will be written the model of your graphics card. Next to the map name is arrow. Click it and in the ensuing menu, select "low level system settings". A window will appear with two bars. Moving the sliders to the right, you increase the horsepower of the video card. The procedure is the same as in the previous case.
Useful advice
To date, there are only two companies that produce graphics card. That's two world monopoly: nVidia and ATI.

Advice 5: How to know the capacity of your video card

A powerful modern video card consumes a decent amount of energy. This indicator is called the power, measured in watts, is not always the same. The level of consumption depends on the load on the graphics card.
How to know the capacity of your video card
You will need
  • computer;
  • - Internet;
  • browser.
Instruction
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If you are faced with a situation where the computer suddenly turned off in the game or viewing high-quality video, one of the reasons for this behavior may be the lack of power. That is installed is not powerful enough power supply in the system unit. To calculate what model power supply your computer requires, first of all it is necessary to know the power of your graphics card. View the model of your graphics card. This information you can find in warranty certificate. If this is not an option, run the DirectX utility or device Manager.
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Start a browser and type in the search engine model of your graphics card. For example, the HD 6950 from the manufacturer Gigabyte. Select the link that leads to the website of the manufacturer of your video card. Visit the original website, as the Russian-speaking variant of a site, the information may be incomplete.
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Find the description of the video card (Overview) or its specification). Look for the words " System power supply requirement, in our case it is 500 W. Thus, the power of the Gigabyte HD 6950 — 500 watts. This is not permanent consumption, and the index, taken "oversized", that is, even during maximum loads allocated to the video card, 500 watt would be sufficient.
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If you are unable to find the necessary information on the manufacturer's website, look for reviews and tests on sites with computer issues. So, the link http://www.3dnews.ru/news/potreblyaemaya_moshnost_73_videokart/ you will find the output more than 70 cards in various tests.
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Conscientious sellers and collectors include the power adapter and select the appropriate accessories to it. However, it is useful to know how much power is consumed by your video card.

Advice 6: How to install video card driver ati radeon

High performance personal computer is determined by the availability of suitable drivers. In addition, the use of certain applications allows you to perform detailed settings of the device.
How to install video card driver ati radeon
You will need
  • ADM Control Center.
Instruction
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To prevent problems, use the original software. Major video card manufacturers put the necessary files on your own Internet services. Turn on personal computer and open the website www.amd.com.
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Expand the shape selection of the video card pointing at the box, Find a Drivers. Fill in the first column "feature Category". Are you interested in the first two paragraphs. Choose Desktop/Notebook Graphics to customize the graphics card of your computer/laptop.
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In the following paragraph, select the product line, which includes your video card. Remember that some video cards may have similar names, for example, device Radeon HD 7XXX and Radeon 7500 Series.
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Now specify the specific model of the hardware and the operating system currently used. After the transition to the next page, select the application AMD Vision Control Center. This is the main program used to control the display adapters, ATI. Sometimes it can be called the Catalyst Software Suite.
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After downloading the file, navigate to that folder and run the installer. Follow the step by step setup menu in the application. To do this, repeatedly press the Next button. After installing the program AMD Vision Control Center, restart the computer. This will allow the application to implement the important files in the operating system kernel.
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Click "start" and navigate to the AMD Vision Control Center. Run the same application. Customize the card by choosing appropriate parameters of the device. Pay special attention to item 3D. Through it is the setting modes of the video card that was active at the time of the launch games.
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Remember that when you configure integrated video card, you must first upgrade the drivers for the CPU.
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