Question Question about installing different GPU in a working system

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Can I install an old graphics card in a system that has been used for a few days with a new graphics card --- without changing the drivers beforehand? So I mean, I could just go into the case and pop the old one in there without doing anything with the drivers, and I should get an image on my screen after that, right? Then I can install the drivers for the different GPU later?

I want to do this to troubleshoot an issue to see if there is a problem with a new GPU I got, and I happen to have an old one I could use.
 

hotaru.hino

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As long as the drivers support the GPU, you can switch without needing change the drivers out. Otherwise the worst that'll happen is Windows will find out there is no compatible driver, so it'll go find something that's compatible. You'll just have to uninstall that one before you swap back.
 
Mar 11, 2021
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You can swap out a video card without issue...just need to install the driver. Windows will usually roll with hardware changes so long as they aren't at the motherboard/chipset level.
 

ttower2020

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You can use a GPU (generally) without the drivers installed first. Windows will find a way, usually at a poor resolution, until you can get the drivers installed. As said above, you might not even need to change the drivers at all depending on the GPUs you are using.
 

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