Monday, 9 November 2015

Set Up A Nvidia Geforce 8600 Graphics Card

Update your GeForce 8600 video card.

In April 2007, NVIDIA released the GeForce 8600 graphics card. Among its most prominent features were DirectX 10 support, 256 MB on-board memory and SLI capability. While the power of the card has been eclipsed by more capable releases, the 8600 remains a solid choice when looking to give your computer an extra boost. When upgrading NVIDIA's GeForce 8600 card, make sure your motherboard is compatible with the card before installation.


1. Ground yourself. This is important when working with any PC parts, as a static electrical shock could damage your computer components. An anti-static wrist strap is the best way to avoid static electricity. You can also touch any metal part of your case to discharge any electricity that you've built up.

2. Connect the GeForce 8600 card to the motherboard. The card connects to the motherboard via a PCI Express x16 slot. Open the latches on the PCI Express slot to prepare your card for installation. Slide the card straight into the slot until the latches click into place. Secure the card by placing a screw in the bracket on the left-side of the card, where the card's back-plate connects with your computer case.

3. Connect the video card to your power supply. The 8600 takes a PCI Express connector to power itself. Make sure your computer's power supply has this connector, and that it is able to supply sufficient wattage to power the card. The 8600 requires a minimum power supply of 350 watts. Put your computer case back together in preparation for booting it up.

4. Boot up your computer. Windows should recognize the new video card automatically. If it does not, insert the CD that came with your graphics card into your computer. Under "Add New Hardware" in Windows' Control Panel select the CD you inserted. This will install the drivers needed to operate your new card.

5. Download the latest drivers for your card from NVIDIA's website. Graphics card drivers ensure the card is working more efficiently, and will help eliminate any problems or glitches the card might run into. Follow the on-screen instructions for installing the driver. Once complete, your video card will be up-to-date and ready to use.

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