Sapphire HD 3850 Reviewgotdamojo06 - November 16, 2007
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The installation of a video card is one of the easiest things that can be done, this is because all you have to do is turn the computer off and open up the side of the case. When the side of the case is opened up, you then will locate the current video card and remove it by releasing it from the rear expansion slots of the case and then pull the card out. Once this is done, you are ready to place the HD 3850 in the PCI-E slot and secure it in place. Once this is done you will attach the PCI-E power connecter to the card and then close up the case and start it up. Once you get into Windows you are going to need to install the drivers to run the card.
Once you have made it into Windows, you can place the drivers CD that came with the card into your optical drive for installation. Once you have inserted the CD, a window should pop up that will have a few options on it such as; ATI Easy Install, Online User Manual, Acrobat Reader. For the installation of the drivers and other software that comes packaged with it, choose the ATI Easy Install option.
After you click into the ATI Easy Install option on the interface that popped up, you will be asked to choose which Operating System you have installed on your computer, I am using Windows XP so that is the one I will be selecting. This card's drivers will only be supported under Windows XP, Windows XP64, and Windows Vista. After you choose your Operating System, the familiar ATI Drivers Installation portion will show up. You have the option to install two ways, Express or Custom. I will be using the Express Installation option.
After all of this has completed, you will be asked if you want to restart the computer, which is always a great idea to do so when prompted.