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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Plugging Off Power Connector From Video Card


    I have a problem regarding my old video card. I want to plug off the 4 pin power connector from my old video card.

    just wanted to know that is it possible to it and if yes then how?

    Any tips?

    I also tried sliding a tiny screwdriver into the connector to see if it helps it, but that also didn't work.

    Please provide some views on this

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Plugging Off Power Connector From Video Card

    According to me you can do this:

    You can get clips to help you but other than that. Try keep wiggling it horizontally gently, pulling each side out in turn and hold the card's power port .

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Plugging Off Power Connector From Video Card

    With all of your components disconnected from the old card's connectors, you can begin removing it. Turn to the back of your system where the card is bolted to the case. Carefully unscrew the mounting screws. Never, under any circumstances, remove the cover from the actual power-supply box itself! Doing so is a serious electric-shock risk.

    Now, pull the old card out of your case carefully. It may be necessary to temporarily remove internal obstructions specific to your PC case, such as a bank of extra USB connectors or a flash-card reader.

    To add the new card to your system, simply reverse the procedure used to remove the old one. Start by slipping the new card into its mounting bracket and guiding into the case. The new card selected uses handy detachable power leads; this feature helps to attach just the number of leads our specific setup needed, reducing cable clutter.

    Screw the new card in place, then reconnect your motherboard, optical drives, and hard drives to the new power leads.
    Reconnect your PC's main power cord to the case, then to an AC outlet. Power up the system and keep a watchful eye on all of your components. Troubleshoot your connections if any problems arise.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: Plugging Off Power Connector From Video Card

    Before removing your computer's case open, you need to remove the software programs of the drivers that make your old graphics card work with Windows. The drivers usually appear in the Add or Remove Programs interface (in XP) or Programs and Features (in Vista). You can open the pertinent interface through the Control Panel.

    Highlight the drivers and click the Uninstall button. You'll probably encounter all kinds of prompts asking if you really want to uninstall them, and Windows Vista's User Account Control will kick in and require your permission to let the uninstall continue. If you are using a motherboard with integrated graphics, you will need to disable them in the BIOS.

    Your screen might change to a lower resolution and color depth during or after the uninstall process. When it's done, the computer will prompt you to reboot. Say no! Instead, shut down the computer, unplug the AC cord, open the case, and prepare to remove the card physically.

    Look for the card that corresponds with the monitor cable on the rear of the machine. That's your computer's graphics card. Unplug the monitor cable, then remove the screw or screws holding the graphics card in place. Pop the card upward, out of its slot. You might have to disengage a plastic clip on the slot on the motherboard, near the front of the card, to release it fully.

    When you've removed the card from the case, unplug the power-supply cable from the front of the card, if there is a power connection, and place the card into an antistatic bag. If you don't have one handy, lay the card flat on a clean surface and later, when you've freed up the antistatic bag that your new card came in, use it to store your old one.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    Re: Plugging Off Power Connector From Video Card

    There may be two PCIe x16 slots on your motherboard. If that's the case, use the one that held your old graphics card. If you're still not sure which one to use, consult the motherboard's documentation, which should clearly identify one of them as the primary slot. Find the PCI Express power-supply lead (some current cards actually require two of these) and plug it into the socket on the card.

    Next, line up the card's gold contacts with the slot on the motherboard and insert the card. Some current graphics cards are surprisingly big, so be careful not to knock any other components or cables loose inside the case.

    Press down on the top edge of the card until it's firmly seated in the PCI Express x16 slot. The metal bracket on the back of the card should be tight against the case. Finally, using a screw (or two), secure the card in place. Replace the side cover and plug the monitor into the graphics card.

    Boot up the operating system. Cancel any Windows attempts to find new hardware drivers, and open your favorite Web browser. Head to official site of graphic card to download the latest drivers for your graphics chip. The drivers will be in an executable program; run the program after it's fully downloaded.

    In Vista, User Account Control will again break in to be sure you want to install the drivers. Simply follow the prompts and the installation routine will take care of everything. You'll need to reboot when the driver installation is finished. After the computer boots back up, the graphics card installation is complete

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