As the PCI express (PCIe or PCIx) gets more popular, and eMachines uses it in their computers more and more, people, like us who come to this forum, will be wanting to upgrade our graphics with a PCIe video card. PCIe is pretty straight forward but there are actually 2 kinds of PCIe slots. One is just the slot, like a PCI slot, and the other is the same slot only it has a latch on the end to better hold the card in...
The two black slots are PCIe x16 slots without the latch at the end.
This a PCIe x16 slot with the latch at the end. In this particular board, you pull the latch to the side to let the card in and then it will latch into place. Next to it is 2 PCIe x1 slots which VERY FEW cards support (I'm talking like 6 cards here). Usually SATA cards use PCIe x1 slots.
Now when you get your card and are super excited and want nothing more than to just rip the box open and put the card in, DON'T! There are a few things you must do before you slide in the sucker...
1)Go into Windows device manager and uninstall the drivers for your current graphics. When that is done it is going to say you have to restart your computer. Just go ahead and turn it off completely.
2)When your computer is off, make sure to unplug the power cord. Now you can open up your case and insert your video card. But before you touch your video card, touch the inside metal of your computer case to ground yourself so that you don't accidentally give your card, or motherboard, a static shock. If you can, try to rest your elbow or wrist or something on the computer case so that you are grounded just as a precaution.
3)When you are grounded, insert the card into the PCIe slot and if applicable, latch it in. Now use the small screw that your card should come with and screw it into the backplate of your card to secure it to the case. Now you can plug in your monitor to the DVI or VGA/D-sub port. If you are going to be useing two monitors, just plug one in for now.
4)Now take pictures to show to us at the forum
... OK, you can skip that step if you want.
5)Now put the side panel back onto your computer and turn it on. Or you can turn it on first to make sure the card's fan works and you don't have a defective one.
6)Windows will say it found now hardware but don't let it install drivers. Instead, insert the drivers disk and install those drivers and what ever else (monitoring software...) it might come with. Then the program will say that you have to restart. Go ahead and restart. If you are going to use two monitors, plug in the second one after the computer boots up.
You have just installed a PCIe graphics card and you didn't even need to call NASA for tech support