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Types of Video Cards
We work with three types of video cards, categorized by the slot they are made for:
- PCI - mainstream by 1995 (that's PC capital i, not PC 1 as in the number one)
- AGP - mainstream by 1998
- PCIe - mainstream by 2004
- (to see visual differences between video cards and their slots, search for PVI AGP PCIe, as at 
Video Card Inspection
- Look for name and RAM size. If these are not on the card, determine them during the testing phase†.
- Clean any dust. If there's a fan, blow dust out backwards through the cooling fins.
- Check for bad capacitors or evidence of overheating.
Video Card Installation
- Choose a test system with a slot that the video card will fit into.
- Turn off the entire system; remove any video connection(s).
- Plug the video card into a slot; connect to monitor and, if required, additional power connection.
- Turn on the system.
Video Card Testing
- Confirm that video card is working (stuff appears on the monitor) and that its fan works (if there is one).
⇒ Some video cards take a few minutes to initialize.
- Open a Terminal and use fgqc to start the '3D gears' graphics routine; make the 3D gears window full screen.
- Open another Terminal and use fgqc to run consecutive two stress tests.
⇒ If the testing station freezes or crashes, ask for assistance.
- † If you were unable to find the card name and RAM size, use lspci to find them.
- Close any open windows, shut down the computer, and turn off the PSU.
- Remove the video card (may be quite hot!), video connector, and additional power connector, if there is one.
Passed Video Cards
- Attach piece of masking tape with RAM size, and card name if not already clearly visible eg.
Ge Force 8800 GT 512 MB
- Apply a green dot and place card in the appropriate Tested Video Cards bin.
Failed Video Cards
- Put in the Failed Cards bin.