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I have an old Nvidia card that I am upgrading on my Dell Dimension 8100. It works but I am trying to get dual monitor capability. I am dual booting ...
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    Installing New Graphics Card On Dual Boot Dell


    I have an old Nvidia card that I am upgrading on my Dell Dimension 8100. It works but I am trying to get dual monitor capability. I am dual booting Mint Maya 13 and Windows XP SP3. Only using XP when I need to scan something, so Mint boots up first. I have ordered a PNY GeForce gt 630 2gig graphics card (VCGGT6302XPB), and a refurbished 330 watt PSU from Dell to handle that card. Dell said 330 watts is maximum for my machine. I am not a gamer so don't need a fancy card, or a lot of power.
    I wanted to check with you guys if this card will work and if so is there anything special I have to do when installing it. I am unsure about having to uninstall the old drivers first. ( I have the original drivers and have the Nvidia package from X-Org installed on Mint) If I do have to uninstall will my machine boot up and be able to see a GUI on screen? I don't want Xp to take over and find drivers online since it is no longer supported.
    I am hoping all I have to do is install the PSU, and then plug in the card, then boot up into Mint. I will then use the cd to install drivers, then update them online through Mint. Is this how it should be done?

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    Download the proprietry driver and place on a USB stick prior to install.
    Say, Yes, you have another disk or media to install from, if asked during install (your USB device or your CD)
    Set the kernel parameter "nomodeset" before first reboot (you may be asked this during install).

    On LiveCD you may have option (F6) to add "nomodeset" prior to install, as with ubuntu.

    How much RAM is installed on your desktop?
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