There may come a time when you need to update the driver for your video card or install a new one altogether. Reasons to perform an update could include changes made to your operating system or the installing of new software that creates conflicts with the video card. If the manufacturer has released new drivers, installing them will more than likely solve the issues you are experiencing.
Installing a new video card mainly boils down to personal performance. Perhaps you are not satisfied with the one built into your computer. By installing a new video card, you can enjoy enhanced performance to compensate your graphic-heavy applications. Another instance where a video card needs replacing is if it becomes unstable, damaged, or the installation of a new driver will not resolve the issues.
Updating the Drivers
Integrated into the Windows operating system, the Device Manager is a utility that allows you to manually update your device drivers. To access this utility, open the “Control Panel” and select “Device Manager.” The Device Manager lists all the hardware devices installed on your computer. Since we are working with the video card, you want to locate “Display Adapters.” By clicking on the (+) sign beside it, the list will expand and you should see your video card. Right-click the device and then click the “Update Driver” button. When given the opportunity, click the option that will automatically search the internet and check for available driver updates. If new drivers are found, you should be able to install them with ease. If the driver doesn’t function properly, the Roll Back Driver option will allow you to revert back to the previous status.
Another option you have is visiting the manufacturer’s website to check if the driver you need is available. If it is, all you have to do is find the appropriate video card and download it on your system. After the driver is downloaded, you should be able to click the driver icon on your desktop screen and automatically install it. You could also go back to the Device Manger, locate your video card, and click “Update Driver.” This time, however, select the option that browses your hard disk for the driver. Once the driver is found, simply follow the prompts for installation.
Installing the Video Card
Installing a new video card requires you to physically open the computer. It is recommended to perform the installation in an uncarpeted room and remove any jewelry to avoid shock. Making sure the power is off, unplug the computer from the power source and take off the cover. You may be required to disconnect a few peripherals and remove a couple of screws.
Once you have a clear path to the video card, simply slide it out and replace it with the new one in a firm but gentle motion. Reattach everything that was disconnected, plug the computer in, and turn it on. Follow the prompts on the screen for installing the video card driver and associated software. If you are not greeted by a Windows prompt, you will have to launch the New Hardware Wizard through the Control Panel and manually complete the installation.
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