How to disable a video card

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

A PCIE video card.If you have a video card in your computer that you want to disable, there are several ways to do so. Whether your computer has an on-board video card or a removable video card, it is possible to disable it. Select a link below for the type of video card in your computer and follow the steps to disable it.

On-board video card

To disable an integrated, on-board video card, follow the steps below.

Disable through Microsoft Windows

  1. Access the Device Manager in Windows.
  2. Click the + or > symbol next to the Display adapters option in the list.
  3. Right-click the on-board video card.
  4. In the pop-up menu that opens, select the Disable device option.

After disabling the on-board video card, you can shut down the computer and install a new video card.

Disable through BIOS

Note: Before performing the BIOS steps below, it is recommended that you install a new video card to use in place of the on-board video card.

  1. Access the computer's BIOS setup.
  2. In the BIOS, look for an option like Integrated Peripherals, Integrated Devices, or something similar. Depending on the type of BIOS, you may need to look in a section named Advanced or Configuration. Access that option to view the next screen of options.
  3. Look for an entry like Graphic Device, Onboard Video, Onboard VGA, or something similar. To the right of that entry, you should see an option currently set to Enable or Enabled. Change the option to Disable or Disabled.
  4. Look at the bottom of the BIOS screen to see which key or key combination to press to save the BIOS settings change. F10 or F12 are common keys to save BIOS settings changes. Press the appropriate key to save the changes.
  5. After saving the changes, exit the BIOS. The key to exit the BIOS is shown at the bottom of the BIOS screen.

After exiting the BIOS, the computer will restart. Because the on-board video card is disabled, you will need to connect the VGA or DVI monitor cable to the new video card.

Removable video card

  1. Access the Device Manager in Windows.
  2. Click the + or > symbol next to the Display adapters option in the list.
  3. Right-click the on-board video card.
  4. In the pop-up menu that opens, select the Disable device option.

The video card will be disabled when the computer is shut down. You will need to install a new video card to connect the computer monitor to see a display from the computer.

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