Originally Posted by mick70
I have ordered a graphics card for my SK43g shuttle which currently has onboard graphics(via400), do you think I will have to disable this before fitting the new card? First graphics card I have ever fitted so a bit edgy....
Mick, your motherboard does have a PCI-e (a plain PCI card is unlikely to be an improvement on the onboard one) or AGP slot?
If so, you may need to disable the onboard card in your motherboard BIOS, or it may be disabled automatically when you insert another card. Do you have a manual for your motherboard? Should say in there. Download one if you don't.
Edit: I see Stuart C has already answered that one. Download a manual anyway, if you don't already have one.
One other point, observe careful antistatic precautions when handling the card, and make sure power is turned off when you install it. Not just the off switch/power down - there should be a power switch on the PSU, where the mains lead plugs in. If not, pull the mains lead plug out.
If you're going to be doing this much, get an antistatic wristband, preferably one with an earth lead. They don't cost much, and are infinitely preferable to frying your card with a static charge - yes, you can do that just by touching it when you're not earthed - that's why cards etc always come in an antistatic bag. It's not just for pretty packaging - keep the card in there till you install it and don't handle it without antistatic precautions. Particularly, do _not_ let offspring and loved ones handle the new toy...
BTW if your new card needs an extra power connector, try to make sure it's on a line from the PSU that's not shared with anything else.