Step 2—Installing the graphics card
This section describes how to install the graphics card in your workstation.
Procedure: Installing the graphics card
— your workstation includes dual high performance* graphics cards.
— your workstation includes a single high performance graphics card and an adjacent IO card that is
located near the inlet of the high performance graphics card fan.
If your HP xw8600 Workstation includes dual high performance graphics cards and lacks a front PCI
fan, the BIOS detects an illegal cooling configuration at boot up and reports that the front PCI fan is
how much memory each graphics card includes, and graphics card power requirements.
* Graphics cards that have greater than 512 MB of video memory
Ensure adequate slot space because some cards occupy two PCI slots.
For optimum performance, HP recommends that you place the card in the primary graphics slot of your
If this installation is for a second graphics card, ensure that both cards are compatible.
To use the analog component, composite, or s-video functions on your HD graphics card, you
must purchase an HD graphics cable for use with the card. Visit
Installing the graphics card
Download the latest BIOS and driver updates from the support Web site:
After installing the updates, power down the workstation, disconnect power from the system, and remove the access
(Optional) Remove any card support brackets.
(Optional) If a card guide was included with your kit, lower it into the chassis and snap it into place. Two types of card
guide installations are shown in the following illustration.
PCI Express graphics card installation
To prevent overheating, your HP xw8400 or xw8600 Workstation might need a front PCI
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If your workstation has a card guide integrated into the chassis, this step is unnecessary.
to learn which graphics cards are supported in your workstation,