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Chapter 3. Ports Ahoy: Upgrading System ... > Upgrade #1: Adding a New Port Card

Upgrade #1: Adding a New Port Card

To install a port expansion card, grab your Phillips head screwdriver and follow these steps:

1.
Close Windows and power off your PC.

2.
Disconnect your PC from its power source.

3.
Open the system unit case.

4.
Locate an unused PCI card slot (see Figure 3.2).

Figure 3.2. Locate an empty PCI slot; if you have several empty slots, leave an empty slot between an old card and the new one you're installing.


5.
Remove the cover to the selected slot (on the back of the system unit).

6.
Insert the card into the open slot (see Figure 3.3).

Figure 3.3. Use firm pressure to push the card into the slot—and make sure that the card is firmly seated.


7.
Screw the card bracket into place, using the screw from the slot cover (see Figure 3.4).

Figure 3.4. Be careful when screwing the card into place; it's easy to slip and damage nearby components with the tip of your screwdriver.


8.
Reinstall the system unit cover and reconnect the PC to its power source.

9.
Restart your computer.

10.
When prompted, install the drivers for your new card.

That's it. As soon as your computer is configured for the new ports, they're ready to use!

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