Upgrading Nvidia Videocard and Advice is Needed Quickly

By r1ck1p
Jan 24, 2006
  1. I am possibly upgrading my video card today from a Nvidia Geforce FX5200 to a Nvidia Geforce FX5500 and I seem to remember some cautionary posts in the past.

    Are there any recommendations as to whether I should reboot in safe mode and completely uninstall the old card from my entire system or should I just try loading the new one over what is already there? I think I remember reading some issues people had with upgrades because of overlaping drivers and such and thought I might avoid some headaches by asking first.

    Thanks for any info that can be provided.
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    You shouldn't have any issues since they use the same drivers. The only thing I would do is uninstall the old card from Windows device manager and shut the machine down. Then install the new card and boot into Windows. Once everything's working, install the latest Nvidia drivers.
  3. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 160

    yea as the above post mentions, the 5200 is very similar to the 5500. The usual process that people undergo is to:

    1. uninstall old driver
    2. take out old card
    3. physically install new card
    4. install new driver
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    lipsofvenom left out steps 5, 6 and 7.

    5. bewilderd look when there is no signal to monitor
    6. frustration and finally rage when nothing you do to get the thing working helps.
    7. go to techspot and start a thread..."HELP I just......"

    :haha: :haha:
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